The SAWYER partnership is glad to announce that the complete project Final Report is currently available in all foreseen 10 EU languages: English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Polish, Rumanian, Bulgarian, Czech and Swedish.

They can be downloaded from the following link together with all the other public project outputs and results.

The report content was presented during the project Final Conference and the first feedback received by sector stakeholders, professionals and experts about it has been very positive. These especially appreciated the way in which the results were presented, their level of details and their usability by all sector stakeholders.

The report contains different sections able to provide a clear view, both at general and specific level, of the transition of the sector toward a more circular economy and in relation to its Twin Transition (Digital & Green).

At the beginning it contains an analysis of the current state of the art of the circular economy in the EU furniture sector (2020). Following that, a general forecasting of the sector in 2030 is presented, which was the results of a two steps process that involved more than 60 experts in Circular Economy and in the Furniture Sector through a survey and a workshop. Based on that forecast (vision), combining circularity and digitalization aspects and taking into account their key aspects, partners with the support of three external experts – in Circular Economy, OHS hazards and risks and EU furniture sector VET system – developed a detailed analysis of the Twin Transition on 11 relevant occupational profiles.

This analysis allows to understand which tasks changes can be expected in these profiles both in relation to the transition of the sector toward a more circular economy (ReSOLVE levers) and by the sector digitalization previously forecasted in the DIGIT-FUR project.

The results are presented in different tables containing several and specific details about the changes in the profiles tasks, the changes in their occupational risks and hazards and the new skills, knowledge and competences required by these profiles due to the sector Twin Transition.

Following a mapping of the relevant national initiatives supporting the circular transition, specific recommendations address both policy-makers and VET regulatory entities and providers together with all sector stakeholders.

What easily emerges from this report is that only a joint, strong and committed collaboration among all sector stakeholders and the support from appropriate EU and national legislations can ensure that the EU furniture sector, its companies and its precious workers can successfully exploit the challenges and opportunities of the Twin Transition that will strongly affect the sector during next years and decades.