Although the green and digital twin transition is one of the EU main priorities, there is a lack of knowledge on how both transitions could act as complementary drivers for the traditional manufacturing industry, and a lack of guidance on how to transfer this knowledge gap to the existing VET system.
The TwinRevolution project aims to set the ground and update VET systems for the current and future manufacturing industry to be aligned with the green and digital twin transition.
This report offers an overview on the current challenges faced by the textile and furniture industry and details how circular and digital strategies can support the transformation of both sectors. Best practices examples from both industries illustrate how smart and circular approaches can accelerate the transformation of these two sectors.
The green and digital workforce knowledge gap should be at the centre of the social concerns towards a twin transition. As there is already a growing gap between highly skilled specialists, who can use complex technologies, and low-skilled workers, who might get unemployed because of automation, investing resources in upskilling the current workforce to the challenges of such twin transition remains a top priority.
Improving the knowledge, skills, and competences of both the textile and furniture sectors to navigate this multi-sectoral green and digital revolution will, therefore, ensure that this transition is also socially sustainable. This is the objective of the TwinRevolution project. In a later phase, it will translate the key learning outcomes identified in this report into a joint curriculum detailing the learning pathways the industry should take to successfully transition towards a smart and circular future.