COTANCE and trade union launch project “Leather is my Job!”

Europe
Published:  16 December, 2013

The European confederation of tanners’ associations, COTANCE hosted the kick-off meeting of “Leather is my Job!” a project jointly developed with the IndustriAll European Trade Union for promoting the tanning industry as an  attractive choice for young people and job-seekers. This initiative has the support of the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs.

For many companies in Europe’s tanning sector it becomes increasingly difficult to recruit qualified people in spite of the current high level of unemployment. For too long other sectors have appeared more attractive to young people, diverting attention from more traditional sectors such as the leather industry. Europe’s leather sector believes that a reversal of this trend is underway with an increasing interest of young people in manual work and craftsmanship, design, authenticity of natural materials, and more environment-friendly industries.

“Leather is my Job!” involves the sector’s social partners in eight Member States (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria and Italy), supplying sectors including fashion, automotive, aviation and footwear, and has a dual objective: it aims at identifying best practices for improving the offer of qualified labour in Europe’s leather industry in two regional conferences and promoting the many and varied jobs and career opportunities that companies in this sector have to offer through testimonials of people in their workplace.

At the meeting the project partners discussed the planning of activities in this one-year initiative that will end with a European Conference in Italy in conjunction with a major sectoral event.

European tanneries and workers wishing to play an active part are welcome to contact the Secretariats of COTANCE (cotance@euroleather.com) or IndustriAll Europe.