Leather is my job! Initiative update

Published:  30 June, 2014

Edinburgh hosted the mid-term meeting of the “Leather is my job!” project developed by the Social Partners of the European Leather Industry with the support of the European Commission. The objective of the COTANCE led Social Dialogue initiative is to make young people think about a professional career in the leather industry within Europe. 

The project works by providing the testimonies of those working in the industry and conveying the reasons for their career choice. Through the project the leather industry intends to break certain deeply rooted misconceptions about the profession and show that it is offering good jobs.

In Edinburgh on June 20, the project partners from the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Romania reviewed the progress of the testimonies and the lessons drawn from the two regional workshops organised (Northampton, UK and Bucharest, Romania) in May. 25 tanneries from seven countries provided 51 testimonies with more to come.

Under the chair of the EU Social Partners, COTANCE and trade union, industriAll, the project partners made a number of decisions regarding activities related to the preparation of the promotional material and the organisation of the final event at the end of the one-year project.

COTANCE meeting in Edinburgh

“Leather is my job!” will be showcased at the 5th ICAMS 2014 event that will take place in Bucharest on October 23, 2014 where the material produced will be presented to the public. ICAMS is the International Conference on Advanced Materials and Systems organised by ICPI, the Romanian Leather Technology Institute.

In Bucharest, the European Social Partners from the leather industry will present the result of their one-year project and illustrate the lessons learned.