Apparel, Textile and Leather Industry

OSKA study of labour force and skills anticipation in the field of apparel, textile and leather industry was completed in the first half of 2018.

The field of apparel, textile and leather industry is significantly affected by the market demand, fast development of material technology and the pressure to produce more effectively and in an environmentally sustainable way. This creates the need for research and development activities, which can change the labour structure and bring along the need for new skills.

The labour force and skills anticipation study includes different activities of the field, such as production of clothes, incl. over and under garments, professional workwear and special products, sports and leisure wear, knitwear, tights and socks, production of textiles, incl. non-woven fabrics, technical textiles, interior design textiles, fabrics, textile accessories, etc. and production of leather products and footwear. Designers, developers, production process engineers, technologists and production managers, tailors, dressmakers, machine operators, technicians and other occupations that are significant for the development of companies and creating added value are covered.

Nearly 12,000 people are employed in the field of apparel, textile and leather industry, about half of them work in the apparel industry, 4,500 in the textile industry and more than 1,000 in the leather and footwear industry.

The result of the study is a training order to the system of lifelong learning based on the assessments of the trends affecting the field, the economic situation, the labour force and skills need, and the labour force demand and training offer comparison.

Key findings of the study