AEI Tèxtils concludes two projects aimed at improving skills in the textile sector based on innovation and sustainability


AEI Tèxtils has concluded two European projects that have generated several interesting training materials for companies and educational centers in the sector.

Both projects, CLEANTEX and FACTIVE, started in late 2020 and have lasted two years. They have been co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of Erasmus+ program and, in both cases, there has been a close collaboration between the private sector and academia.

CLEANTEX and FACTIVE are aligned with the competences pilar of AEI Tèxtils’ strategy, contributing to the cluster aim of accelerating strategic and technological capabilities and attract talent to drive innovation and resilient growth in the sector.

The first project, CLEANTEX, was aimed at promoting the uptake of circular economy and eco-design concepts to improve the skills of students in textile engineering and workers in the sector through cross-sectoral cooperation in higher education institutions in order to tackle the main pollution problem in the textile industry and reach a more sustainable sector.

CLEANTEX resulted in two major outcomes: a MOOC (massive open online course) and a guide for the implementation of life cycle analysis and eco-design in the textile industry.

The MOOC includes seven modules: introduction to circular economy, eco-design, sustainable fibres and materials, waste management and recycling, sustainable production processes, sustainable chemical processes and business and quality management. Access the MOOC.

The guide contains 18 success stories from companies in the sector, 4 of them from AEI Tèxtils’ members. Download the guide.

On the other hand, FACTIVE aimed at enhancing the quality and relevance of the sector’s learning offer developing an innovative learning approach to improve the level and the assessment of learners’ competences and equalize the quality of professional training with the current needs of the European textile industry.

The result are two guidelines to apply the Flipped Classroom methodology, with some principles and proposals for trainers. The guidelines detail, among other aspects, some key factors to involve students. They also contain literature on the flipped classroom model applied to the textile sector, resources such as gamification during the learning process, some scenarios that can be given in the classroom and examples of different flipped classroom models to apply in depending on the trainer’s level of expertise.

Download the guideline Flipped Classroom: Reinvent your teaching practice

Download the guideline Factive Handbook – Guidelines and toolkit

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