In the fashion, textile and footwear sector, around 45,000 jobs will be created for young people over the next five years.
This represents an enormous opportunity for companies and new generations alike, to seize the chance to transform and create new professions that schools and professional institutes are shaping to match the challenges posed by the market. It is, therefore, a very topical issue that was debated at the workshop “Fashion, Business, new and ancient professions” (Moda, Business, nuove e antiche professioni) during Fashion Graduate Italia last October in Milan. The Fashion Training System Platform (Piattaforma Sistema Formativa Moda), chaired by Giulia Pirovano, is doing a lot, through the Fashion Graduate event and other channels, to develop crucial projects for the sector, ranging from a mapping of the fashion professions, to the acceleration of the creative, productive and commercial processes.
The evolution of the fashion sector will also involve changing the trade fair system, as underlined by Tommaso Cancellara, the General Manager of Assocalzaturifici: “Traditional fairs are dead – he said – market places are the future. An example is the verticalization of Micam, which, in its most recent editions, has brought together catwalks, workshops, influencers and schools. But beware: at a time when digital disruption has taken over, it is also important that the fair remains a moment of encounter, for the exchange of opinions”.
This is a belief shared by Beppe Pisani, President of CNA Federmoda Lombardia, who confirms: “Fairs like Milano Unica require the physical presence of operators, who must see and touch the fabrics. It is precisely in this field that one can see the need for new, more in-depth courses on how to find the best textiles and conduct quality control, while there are many schools that already train designers”. Raffaella Caprioglio, the President of Umana, an agency for “generalist” jobs, is able to offer solutions in specialised areas including both the fashion and luxury sectors, realises that companies themselves find it difficult to identify the professional figures that are needed in today’s supply chain, which requires specific skills.
For this reason, increasingly specific and targeted training is both fundamental and necessary, as pointed out by Paola Negrone of the Lombardy Region, who said: “so much so that a fashion department was created, to be closer to the needs of the sector that today also focuses on sustainability”.
Technical schools are also essential and should not be considered as ‘second tier’. The Lombardy Region is engaging in a campaign to disseminate information to this effect amongst young people. Laura Magoni, Councillor in charge of fashion.
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