The European furniture sector comprises about 130.000 businesses, generating an annual turnover of almost 115,178,000€, employing about 1.2 million people. This sector is constantly evolving, it has undergone major changes in recent years, moving from being a manufacturing sector to an industrial sector in which it has incorporated both new working methods and new technology. Besides, the different European training systems have evolved and incorporated in education the necessary knowledge.

However, in the last 10 years there have been changes related to globalization, new ways of working, new consumer habits, product customization, etc. This sector has suffered from a decrease related to number of workers and number of companies, due to the economic recession and the globalitation situation among others aspects. This situation is increasing and is already affecting and will affect some companies in the future and their way of manufcturing. This situation is demanding that current and future workers acquire new skills to develop their work with a sufficient level of quality and standards required by companies.

Under the Programme Erasmus+, Key Action 2 “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices”, Action “Strategic Partnerships” and field “Vocational education and training”, FUNES rationale in terms of objectives pursued and needs to be addressed, is to define the different scenarios in which companies are going to find themselves in the future, by analyzing and identifying the new skills required of the current and future workers, such as horizontal skills or specific skills, in order that:

  • The worldwide reputation and standing of the European furniture sector be kept.
  • these current and future workers keep their jobs.
  • the students access to jobs with the level of competences required by the firms.
  • the jobless youth acquire these new skills by facilitating their access to the furniture sector.