In 2019, representatives of the footwear sector in Europe launched this second project which represents the continuation of the previous European Social Dialogue project which aimed to increase the attractiveness of the EU footwear sector in the eyes of young people.

The current project plans to implement four selected good practices that have been shown to make an effective contribution to maintaining young employees by creating opportunities for them to obtain high-quality jobs in the European footwear industry.


“The European footwear sector has many strengths and one of them is represented by the workforce: their skills and abilities”.
This is a fantastic opportunity for the future of young people: in the world of footwear, young people have the chance to find an immediate, stimulating job in a highly creative environment.

… “We need to tackle the recruitment of young workers and to define medium-term strategies to attract, train and hire young people, offering them the necessary opportunities to find quality jobs in the footwear sector.”

From this analysis, the European Union began promoting the project entitled, “ATTRACTING NEW SKILLED WORKFORCE FOR QUALITY JOBS IN THE EUROPEAN FOOTWEAR SECTOR”



The project, which kicked off in January 2016, saw three types of task.

To identify common problems and to propose potential solutions and best practices that can be pursued at a European level.
To create initiatives encouraging and monitoring the effective implementation of the best practices, with pilot initiatives in 4 regions (Italy, Spain, Portugal and Poland).
To develop a more attractive image of the sector and to create a communication campaign aimed at young people.

Communication includes:

• creating ad hoc communication materials, such as this website, a promotional video, interviews with young workers about their experiences.
• organising the Young Workers Day in various countries;
• promoting a competition open to young people aged 16 to 26 years old.

A project financed with the support of the European Commission



Technical partner


Assocalzaturifici is the association which represents Italian footwear manufacturing companies. It encompasses more than 600 companies and is the spokesperson for excellence in the Italian footwear sector.

IndustriAll Europe, is the European trade union that represents 7 million working men and women in the manufacturing, mining and energy sectors across Europe. It works to defend and to improve workers’ rights.

The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) was created over 30 years ago to represent the European footwear industry in Brussels. It gathers national associations and European Union federations involved in footwear.

Spin 360, founded in 2009, is a company that offers advanced, innovative services. It promotes sustainable business models in the international markets of Fashion and Design, and develops and manages projects to develop strategic skills in people (particularly the young), as well as designing innovative employment models.

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