A new post-diploma training opportunity: the ITS COSMO Technology Sustainability Manager course

Organization and Management

Centrocot's post-diploma training offer is enriched with a new opportunity for young people, but also for those who want to get back into the game with new skills, to become experts in sustainability at 360° in the textile supply chain.

The Fashion Textile sector is facing important changes to recover its competitiveness and the pandemic has not slowed down the process that sees the whole supply chain committed to limit the impact of production, and to design and produce high value-added products that meet the requirements of sustainability and circular economy. This is also in the face of a regulatory context that, starting from the European Green Deal, defines the drivers of industrial transformation to build a green, circular and digital economy and that frames the textile industry as a “resource-intensive priority sector” subject to a specific action plan. Addressing the skills challenges will be an essential condition to achieve a successful transition of the Textile Fashion sector.
For this reason Centrocot, in the context of the Fashion Academy ITS COSMO, has presented to the Lombardy Region a new two-year training proposal in the notice dedicated to ITS – Istituti Tecnici Superiori (Higher Technical Institutes), which are the segment of non-university tertiary education in response to the demand of companies for new and high technical and technological skills for innovation.
The course trains the strategic figure of the “Technology Sustainability Manager”: a technician who lives sustainability in all its activities, to the knowledge of the entire production chain, of traditional textiles and innovative technical textiles combines a preparation on every aspect of sustainability: from environmental costs to ethical and social aspects, from the entire life cycle of products, to the indication of the inputs necessary to activate processes of eco-design and measurement of environmental impacts. A distinctive element is the awareness of national and international regulatory frameworks, the main standards, protocols and product and process certifications. Among the partners supporting the initiative are: Sistema Moda Italia – Federazione Tessile Moda, Fondazione del Tessile Italiano, ZDHC – Implementation Hub B.V, UNIVA – Unione Industriali Provincia di Varese, UNIC – Concerie italiane, Linea Pelle and ISIS C. Facchinetti of Castellanza.

A concrete support that wants to testify the importance of training as one of the strategic levers to support the transition towards sustainable and circular business models: also for this reason, part of the course will be delivered in Milan at the headquarters of Fondazione del Tessile Italiano – SMI.
The course has a duration of 2000 hours, divided into two training years (2021/2022 – 2022/2023); in addition to the hours in the classroom, there will be laboratory activities, educational visits to companies, participation in conferences and trade fairs and direct meetings with specific realities of the supply chain thanks to moments dedicated to testimonials. The main site of the course is Centrocot, a testing laboratory and technological research center for the Fashion Textile sector that will provide equipped classrooms and laboratories, coordinating a team of trainers that 97% come from the world of work, thus anchoring the training to real case studies.
The internship is 400 hours for each of the two years with the opportunity to contextualize what has been learned in the classroom and get to know the companies directly. The course also provides for the achievement of additional certificates:
certificate of participation and passing the exam of “AUDITOR/LEAD AUDITOR of Quality Management Systems ISO 9001:20152 and Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001:2015”. (courses 40 hours qualified by AICQ); certificate of participation and passing examination of “Eco-designer Textile, Clothing and Fashion” (course designed as part of the Erasmus+ project ECOSIGN, Eco-Innovation, Skills for European Designers, tested by Centrocot and certified by Aicq-Sicev); course of Chemical Management System – Technical Industry Guide of ZDHC international protocol – Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals for the effective management of chemicals to protect human health and the environment. The course is completed by 100 hours dedicated to English language and soft skills (communication, problem solving, teamwork) that can be practiced during the development of project work: concept of sustainable and circular products that students will study technically starting from the needs of companies.
At the end of the course, students who pass the final exams will obtain the Diploma of Technical High School with the certification of skills corresponding to the fifth level of the European Qualifications Framework – EQF.
Can access the selections students in possession of:
Diploma of Higher Secondary Education issued by the Ministry of Education, University and Research or equivalent foreign qualification recognized by the Italian State; residence or domicile in the Lombardy Region.
For more information and registration, please visit the Centrocot and ITS Cosmo Foundation websites and contact the Centrocot Training Area:
– Enrico Gedi, Training Area, enrico.gedi@centrocot.it, +39 0331 696789, + 3457055284

Author: Enrico Gedi

Centrocot Training Dept.