the project


Fashion Earth Alliance – Vocational Excellence and Enterprise united for training, policy reform, and sustainability
in the fashion, textiles and apparel industries


The origins of the project lie in the shortage of skilled staff in the textile and fashion industry. Because of the massive closure of the last decades, the sector has lost its attractiveness for young people and today textile companies are finding it increasingly difficult to attract new talent, especially with advanced digital skills.

On the other hand, the project responds to the need for a green and sustainable transition of the textile industry. Fashion is considered as one of the most polluting industry, partly because of the recent trends like fast fashion.

SMEs and SMEs (future) workers need to develop more competences in green fashion, in order to boost the green transformation of the sector. These competences should be acquired already during the vocational and university training of the future textile workers considered among the most polluting industries in terms of both production and subsequent disposal.


FEA-VEE contributes to attract more young people in the fashion, textiles and clothing sectors, and thus, in producing new workforce that is VET recognized, skilled and competent for the 21st century labour needs, trained through work-based training and apprenticeships in direct liaison with the industry.

Furthermore, the project aims at the development in the fashion, textiles and clothing sectors of greener, more circular and sustainable economic models, as well as more ethical and concentrated on fair trade values.

More widely, FEA-VEE wishes to establish a Green Entrepreneurship policy reform pathway for incorporating sustainability concerns within entrepreneurial planning, while promoting entrepreneurship through start-ups and incubation, as well as entrepreneurial skills and competences among the workforce within educational institutions and after graduation as part of lifelong learning.

Among the FEA-VEE project activities, the project partnership will be engaged in the creation of innovative training materials for teachers and trainers in the textile sector. Furthermore, the implementation of a transnational cooperation platform is foreseen in order to match students and workers with training and internship opportunities throughout Europe. Finally, some partners will take care of the organization of short mobility courses for students to be held in Germany and Spain.

Materials and tools to be produced

FEA-VEE project aims to achieve its objectives by producing the following materials and tools:

  • 4 Research and Innovation Reports & 1 Research Agenda
  • Online Transnational Cooperation Platform
  • 3 Courses & 3 Self-assessment tools for teachers and trainers
  • 3 Courses & 3 Self-assessment tools for students and graduates
  • 2 Training Services & 2 Self-assessment tools for VET Excellence
  • Textbook for Teaching Sustainability in the Fashion and Textiles Industries
  • Set up of a network for national apprenticeships for students (20 persons) & a network for transnational student mobility abroad (120 persons)
  • 4 Policy reports on Labour Market Skills, Sustainability and Green Entrepreneurship in the Fashion/Textiles Industries, to be shared with local, national and European policymakers and governing bodies of the VET structure
The project mainly addresses four target groups:


The target groups of the FEA-VEE project will benefit from the project results throughout its duration and for an extended period after its completion, as outlined below:

  1. Students and graduates:
  • They will have learning opportunities at a transnational level via study visits
  • They will improve their skills not only by sharing what they have implemented previously in their countries or in the assessment analysis but also by the foster learning in the apprenticeships and multipliers
  • They will increase their professional network by creating professional relationships with the other stakeholders from the other countries participating
  1. SMEs:
  • They will receive materials and new staff skilled with these practices to adopt a greener perspective on the fashion industry.
  • After a period of the apprenticeship of the project they will have received the transfer of skills toward sustainability in the clothing industry.
  • They will directly receive the results to implement by the outcomes of the project
  • They will get to know the Erasmus programmes and organizations that have experience with them so possible they will apply for future collaborations
  1. VET institutions:
  • they will be able to measure their VET excellence via our self-assessment tool
  • they will be able to improve in identified areas of weakness in VET excellence via the training materials FEA – VEE will offer.
  • they will be able to improve in identified areas of weakness in Internationalization via the training materials FEA – VEE will offer.
  1. Teaches and trainers:
  • they will be trained in skills labour market education
  • they will be trained in sustainability education
  • they will be trained in green entrepreneurship education
  • they will be provided with self-assessment tools for personal evaluation and monitoring of training.