Expanding industrial laundry, textile rentals and improved textile services overall, is one-way Europe can embrace sustainability and circularity. At present, the textile industry is one of many European industries which is looking to improve and innovate itself within the paradigms set by the EU Green Deal and EU Climate Pact. It is with pride that ETSA would like to announce its partnership with Heurekanet, the Belgian Textile Federation, the German Textile Cleaning Association, the Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Association of the Czech Republic and the Swedish Textile Service Association in supporting the project "Improving E-learning in the textile care sector" funded by ERASMUS +.
In 2020, a large number of people were employed by Textile Services companies. For instance, women - in industrial laundry - and many from a migrant background with relatively limited professional qualifications. Due to not only the on-going pandemic but the educational profile of many of these workers, access to traditional forms of vocational education and training is often scarce. Therefore, the new Erasmus+ project, "Educate! E-Learning for the Textile Care Sector" aims to improve social inclusion by opening educational and innovative opportunities to workers in the textile industry.
By developing a digital platform, which includes learning modules and tutorials as well as interactive explanatory videos, an accessible and state-of-the art learning platform will be accessible to provide opportunities and upskill workers in the textile care sector. The basics of textile care, maintenance and machine use as well as more advanced modules will be available.
Workers will be able to learn at their own pace and utilize mobile devices to allow for an extremely flexible working experience. If successful, this project will succeed in promoting gender equality, integration, and social inclusion. This spirit of sustainable competitiveness is in line with the EU Green Deal goals as well as the European Skills Agenda.
Cooperation and collaboration regarding the project are ongoing, the future of textile care is of paramount importance to ETSA, its partners and achieving sustainability moreover.