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Measuring Lumber

EFIC co-signs Joint Statement on skills needs in the Woodworking and Furniture sectors

As European Social Partners and in the context of the European Year of Skills, EFIC, CEI-Bois and EFBWW co-signed a joint position paper addressing skills needs in the woodworking and furniture sectors. Europe’s woodworking and furniture industries employ over 2 million people in more than 300,000 businesses, the majority of which are small and medium-sized enterprises SMEs. Labour shortages is however a common challenge in both industries.


We provide recommendations to be tackled at EU level, at national and government level, as well as at company level and by training providers.


In a nutshell, we recommend:


  • Developing strategies to attract more young people to careers in the woodworking and furniture sectors

  • Supporting companies for skilling and upskilling, to ensure that their employees have the necessary skills to meet evolving industry demands

  • Promoting and supporting Vocational Education Training considering differences in the Member States

  • Eliminating barriers for the mutual recognition of qualifications

  • Putting in place a system to validate formal and non-formal learning in cooperation with social partners and trade/industry associations

  • Developing long term training plans

  • Creating networks for an increased use of #Erasmus+

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