Textile industry: aging as the most important (t)issue
The textile industry is faced with its very own challenges. 43% of the workforce in this industry is over 50, which is significantly more than the Flemish average of 30%. With a significant number of employees planning to retire in the next few years, the outlook is worrisome: there’ll be a substantial drop in expert employees preventing knowledge sharing in this particular industry.
Cobot and AMS, with the support of ESF, teamed up to anticipate these challenges. They built a strategic competence prognosis and a learning network to identify and track innovation trends.
- Strategic competence prognosis
We mapped future competence requirements for the textile industry. Soft skills were seen as competencies that will become increasingly more important for multiple positions in the future. .
- Learning network
We brainstormed on trending concepts like learning culture and open hiring–the principle where everyone who signs on gets a chance to work and prove themselves, making the job itself the hiring test. A practice becoming more mainstream in the textile industry.