Supply Chain Visibility Tool


Funded by Erasmus+, the SC Vis project aims to deliver an open-sourced digital tool that is designed to educate and train employees working in individual businesses engaged in the fashion sector, both businesses directly involved in the sector and service organisations supporting them. SC Vis will develop the necessary skills and competencies to address the contemporary challenges across the full range of job roles that exist within the fashion sector.

To use the learning tool for free you will need to register here.

Helping the Fashion Sector in the modern environment

Changes in the retail sector as a whole mean that the fashion sector needs to upscale its workforce to understand the need for close collaboration between retailer/brand and their suppliers producing finished garments, fabrics, accessories and raw materials. Learners will gain up to date and highly relevant knowledge and expertise of the fast-evolving subject of supply chain visibility.

The tool is being developed with partners from within the industry to help ensure relevance and will underpin regional economic development through creating a skilled workforce relevant to the current business requirements of supply chain visibility.

The SC Vis tool will impact on CPD courses and Executive Training programmes for employees involved in fashion and related sectors and help them gain skills relevant to current challenges within the sector. Employees will be able to incorporate the knowledge gap identified from using SC Vis into their individual training needs plan. They can also use the training materials included in the tool to gain new knowledge that will contribute to a more effective job role and in developing their own career.

Academic partners, vocational education and training (VET) providers and stakeholders are involved through an active Advisory Group. This cross-sector approach is designed to add relevance to the outputs of the project.

Local, National and European in scope

The main purpose of undertaking this project is to create a VET resource aimed at increasing the necessary skills and competences for employees (and future employees) in the fashion sector. The nature of the proposed resource including the broad ranges of skills is designed to maximise impact at all levels.

At a local level, it will help to educate and train employees working in individual businesses engaged in the fashion sector. This will be both businesses directly involved in the sector and service organisations supporting their expertise, skills and competence requirements. Each Partner has regular contact with their respective members of the Advisory Group and will use the project activities and results to help disseminate and inform training policy discussion, particularly for those who are least likely to take part in learning opportunities because of the inherent barriers from other methods of delivery.

At a regional level, the project will underpin regional economic development by creating a skilled workforce relevant to the current business requirements of supply chain visibility. The project will develop the necessary skills and competencies to address the contemporary challenges across the full range of job roles that exist within the fashion sector.

At a national level, the impact will be seen in a number of ways. Firstly, the creation of the free to use Digital Tool will address policy development needs to underpin a modern workforce across the supply chain in the fashion sector. Furthermore, it will aid in the development of standards and regulatory requirements to foster the creation of relevant competencies and capabilities in the workplace. The impact will take into account cultural differences across Europe within each national jurisdiction.

At a European level, the impact of the project will benefit the companies across the textile industry (fashion sector, and technical/ industrial textiles) which, in 2013, accounted for 185,000 companies employing 1.7m people. The open-sourced digital Tool is designed to enable access to all groups of employees and those seeking work in the sector, with a significant impact goal of improving productivity and bridging the well-documented skills gap.

If you would like more information about the project or are interested in becoming a partner REGISTER HERE.