WOODual: Wood Sector and Dual Learning for Youth Employment and Skills

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The Woodual project is an Erasmus+ project, funded with the financial support of the European Commission. The general purpose of WOODual - Wood sector and Dual Learning for Youth Employment and Skills is to elaborate guidelines and new methodologies in order to open the road for a more extensive use of dual learning system in wood and furniture sector.



The project builds up a strong and continuative partnership among different stakeholders active in manufacturing and furniture sector and experts in education and training issues in order to update and improve current professional profiles in wood and furniture sector answering to the skills gap.

• To contribute to adapt curriculum by investigating the technological and soft skills gap in the professional profiles.

• To contribute to overcome youth stereotypes and biased perceptions concerning skilled manual occupations and traditional economic sectors.

• To propose and test a cooperation framework between different stakeholders to define integrated transnational dual learning models.

• To increase organizational, social, emotional, entrepreneurial and technological skills and competences in VET students and workers.


• The wood manufacturing sector is characterized by a vast majority of SMEs, which in 2013 were responsible for 85% of the employment and 77% of value added.

• Employment - the sector employs around 1 million workers in 130 thousand companies generating an annual turnover of around EUR 96 billion.

• Trend setting - EU furniture manufacturers set global trends. About 12% of designs registered in the European Union Intellectual Property Office relate to this sector.

• High-end segment - the EU is a world leader in the high-end segment of the furniture market. Nearly two out of every three high-end furniture products sold in the world are produced in the EU.



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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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