This section will contain a direct access to the project main intellectual output: a vocational education and training system composed by an Online Training Platform, Local Workshops and a Coaching Service.

The main aim of this material will be to contribute to raise awareness on Product Environmental Management establishing a better stakeholder consumer communication and to encourage SMEs to implement a greener business model using best available techniques. The added value of the multiple methodologies and trasnational approach result in the development of a replicable and transferable products that easily approach the PEF methodology and other environmental concepts across industry and consumers, which is an environmental challenge that occurs throughout the EU (specially in SMEs).

The main content that partners aim to deal with concerning the pedagogical materials and through their combination of theoretical and practical parts (based on formal and non formal methods) will provide to its learners:

  • An overview of the most current approaches to acquire skills on how to manage the environmental issues associated with products and services in the footwear sector.
  • Introduction to basics and regulations of the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), which are the basis of Ecodesign, the Carbon Footprint and the Environmental Footprint of the EU.
  • Knowledge of the different methodologies of Evaluation of impacts of Life Cycle (LCIE).
  • Introduction to the main software available for LCA , data bases and LCIE work methodologies.
  • Understanding about the concepts and activities associated with ecodesign, as well as its management and control.
  • The necessary knowledge to integrate the process of ecodesign and their managementwithin an environmental or quality management system, using as a reference the requirements of ISO14006: 2011.
  • Methodological principles and how the Product Carbon Footprint is calculated and the Environmental Product Footprint of the EU, which are based on the LCA methodology.
  • Skills and competences related to the technical and managerial staff of those companies that have an interest in knowing the different means (serious and solvents) available to communicate the environmental benefits of products and services to final consumers (B2C) and between companies (B2B).

To make this possible, the VET system testing of “Ecotextyle” will involve users from the six project countries  who will be trained through different tools and activities:

a) An Online Training Platform: in all the project languages and composed by five learning units:

  • Module I – Product life-cycle analysis (80 training hours).
  • Module II – Ecodesign (60 training hours).
  • Module III – Enrivomental footprint (60 training hours).
  • Module IV – Ecolabelling. Product environmental performance certification (60 training hours).
  • Module V – New Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology applied to footwear (100 training hours).

b) Local Workshops: implemented on each partner venue, they will offer a training complement to the online modules and allow participants to get to know each other, exchange good practices and narrow their professional relations (one workshop related to each of the modules of the Online Training Platform will be implemented).

c) Coaching Service: offered to the outputs testers by the Coaches of each country trained during the project. It will help beneficiaries to solve doubts about the content, check the results of their practical exercises, provide them advice on the project topics and guide them when applying the acquired knowledge to their organisations.

All these services and tools will have their own evaluation system with online questionnaires at the end of each module, face to face discussions and paper forms at the end of workshops and regular interviews of coaches to testers. This will make possible to evaluate users’ level of satisfaction towards the project, motivate them and obtaining a useful feedback that could be used for the final improvement of the project results (feedback especially studied on the last stage of their testing process.