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European core profile "Upholsterer"

The upholsterer produces upholstery and upholstered parts of furniture. He or she works as a skilled worker for large and medium sized companies operating in the upholstery industry or in small, more craft based companies. The upholstererworks in accordance with basic health and safety regulations, including environmental protection and efficient energy useWorks in a customer-oriented mannerConsiders cost- and time-effectiveness when planning and organizing his/her work in his/her area of influence Contributes to continuous improvement of work processes in the companyCoordinates work with the rest of the team, report to his/her team leader Cooperates with other departments (administrative, commercial and technical services)Assists in the implementation of quality assurance activities  The upholsterer works under the supervision of the team leader/foreperson and has a high level of responsibility for the quality of his/her own work and the work of co-workers.He/she works independently in familiar and predictable contexts. He/she adapts his/her behaviour to the situation when solving problems. He/she is able to investigate new materials and innovative work-methods. A skilled upholsterer is able to deal with the following aspects of knowledge, skills and competencies:Download the units here.
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European core profile "Cabinet Maker"

The Cabinet maker/Wood-mechanic produces furniture and parts of furniture. He or she works as a skilled worker for large and medium sized companies operating in the furniture industry or in small, more craft-based companies.The cabinet maker • works in accordance with basic health and safety regulations, including environmental protection and efficient energy use• Works in a customer-oriented manner• Considers cost- and time-effectiveness when planning and organizing his/her work in his/her area of influence • Contributes to continuous improvement of work processes in the company• Coordinates work with the rest of the team, reports to his/her team leader • Cooperates with other departments (administrative, commercial and technical services)• Assists in the implementation of quality assurance activitiesThe cabinet maker works under the supervision of the team leader/foreperson and has a high level of responsibility for the quality of his/her own work and the work of co-workers.He/she works independently in familiar and predictable contexts. He/she adapts his/her behaviour to the situation when solving problems. He/she is able to investigate new materials and innovative work-methodsA skilled cabinet maker is able to deal with the following aspects of knowledge, skills and competencies:Download the units here. 
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Final publication

We created a handbook for European furniture professions which contains our pathway during the project and it's main findings. If you are interesetd in the handbook please contact the project partner in your country or visit the "adam" project database for Leanordo Da Vinci projects. There you will find the handbook in different languages (category: Files): http://www.adam-europe.eu/adam/project/view.htm?prj=9919#.VJBgi4t0weE  Unfortunately, we are not able to upload the handbooks on this website because the file sizes are too big.Thanks for your understanding.
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Furniture professions for Europe - EN

The project aims to develop two common European competence profiles for upholsterers and cabinet makers who together make up some 50% of skilled workers in the European wood and furniture sector.Against the background of globalisation and increasingly required flexibility of the workforce, demographic developments and growing demand for skilled workers in the sector as well as for transparency in education and qualifications, it is necessary to make a concrete effort to go beyond the mere comparison of educational systems and the respective recognition of qualifications. Although the national systems of vocational education vary widely, the work processes and resulting competence requirements are very similar. The project aims to make use of this by developing profiles based on these similarities.The profiles to be developed will be based on an extensive examination of national qualifications and competence requirements in the sector and will also take into account future needs. The project results will be fed into the existing European social dialogue and disseminated widely across Europe. The long-term goal of these activities is to achieve a broad acceptance and mutual recognition of the core occupation profiles.The project consortium consists of social partners, their European umbrella organisations and training providers. We involve stakeholders of the wood and furniture industry as surrounding partners and as experts in our advisory board. Countries involved:BelgiumBulgariaDenmarkGermanyNetherlandsPolandRomania Download project flyer here.
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