Wood Cooperation

This project belongs to: Biosciencies and sustainability

The project aims to strengthen the capacities of the timber sector and strengthen its entire value chain through the cross-border cooperation and training of all its agents

The wood sector in the cross-border area is in continuous decline due in part to the economic crisis experienced in recent years, which has been accentuated by the organizational and productive structure of its business fabric, based mainly on micro-enterprises and self-employed workers with little capacity for innovation and low levels of qualification, which has impeded their adaptation to the new demands of markets and society in general.

By contrast, we are currently at a key moment for wood and its sector, derived from a growing need to use environmentally friendly materials and low CO2 emissions, renewable and sustainable, which present an alternative to costly and highly polluting processes of treatment and production of materials such as concrete, steel, PVC, plastics, etc. It is therefore an opportunity but also a challenge because high levels of qualification and product and highly competitive innovative solutions are demanded.

It is therefore necessary to equip the wood sector with highly qualified technicians with the capacity to respond to the needs of society in general and, in short, to the needs of many micro-enterprises that need to be upgraded and even reinvent themselves by developing new products or improving existing ones. existing and implementing new marketing models.

The project creates the first cross-border network of training and employment agents in the wood sector whose purpose is to develop formulas that offer successful solutions that are non-existent to current problems, such as:

  • Develop intuitive tools for knowledge, analysis and compliance with existing legislation on both sides of the border.
  • Improve reciprocal knowledge of the current situation of the sector in terms of employment and training.
  • Recognition of qualifications and accreditation of professional competences and creation of the first employment and training observatory.
  • Incorporate innovation in training processes.
  • Improve access to information.

The wood sector is a sector strongly linked to the territory in the transboundary zone due to its forest wealth on both sides of the border. It is also a sector that carries potentialities in terms of cooperation, although it is usually dismissed because it denotes difficulties in overcoming existing barriers.

The presence of similar problems on both sides of the border and the continuous loss of synergies require joint cooperation efforts aimed at the development of integrating solutions that eliminate barriers and facilitate the competitive improvement of a sector with a capacity to generate employment.

The project aims to promote cooperation between actors involved in vocational training directly involving companies in the sector. The objective is not only to improve the competences and qualification levels of the different agents involved in the wood sector, taking advantage of and transferring the existing potentialities to both sides of the border, and improving or developing the necessary tools to cover those needs that lack solutions on both sides of the border. Finally, the aim is to generate equivalence systems between training programs and to develop instantaneous access systems to information on employment, legislation and innovation, which facilitates the mobility of workers and collaboration between companies on both sides of the border.

The general objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of the wood sector and strengthen its entire value chain through cross-border cooperation and training of all its agents. The aims to achieve an inclusive and sustainable growth that guarantees greater territorial cohesion on both sides of the border, capable of responding to the evolution of the labor market and the structure of its productive fabric.

The specific objectives are:

  • Encourage cooperation between the educational and business system to improve and adjust the training offer to the needs of its business fabric.
  • Improve labor mobility through access to information on employment, legislation and training, and the mutual recognition of skills and qualifications.
  • Improve the skills of technicians, trainers and students, promoting sector innovation as a driving tool for job creation.

More information http://coopwood.eu/




The project has been 65% co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) through the Interreg V-A Spain-France-Andorra Program (POCTEFA 2014-2020). The objective of POCTEFA is to reinforce the economic and social integration of the Spain-France-Andorra border area. Its help focuses on the development of cross-border economic, social and environmental activities through joint strategies in favor of sustainable territorial development.
Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund – FEDER


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