Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, Secretary-General of Cotance introduced the results to the audience including project partners, trade union representatives, tannery owners and workers, school officials, public authorities, etc. Gonzalez-Quijano introduced the 4-page leaflet, printed in seven languages, as well as the website (http://www.euroleather.com/leather-is-my-job) where 78 complete interviews are made available with photographs, in order to publicise the appeal of working for the leather sector.

“A job you don’t learn in books”, “a lot of science”, “a big family”, “pride” and “art” are some of the expressions used by tannery workers in order to define the jobs that have become full-fledged professions with training.

Dr Anna Sobsczak from DG Enterprise (European Commission) then gave a presentation on skills in the European leather industry, emphasising the importance of skills and explaining the Commission’s documents and initiatives dedicated to them, as well as the future EU calls for proposals and workshops on the subject.

A panel debate followed where the speakers were joined by Claudia Franz (FILK Institute), Doru Lascu (Pielarul-Romanian trade union), Dr Kerry Senior (UKLF) and Federico Brugnoli (consultant driving the EU TCL Sector Skills Council).