First train­ing pi­lot on high-end footwear man­u­fac­tur­ing

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In early July 2017, a pi­lot train­ing on high­end footwear man­u­fac­tur­ing was held in Po­litec­nico Calza­turiero in Padua. It rep­re­sents a ma­jor step for the val­i­da­tion of the new train­ing pro­gramme for the new oc­cu­pa­tional pro­file in lux­ury footwear man­u­fac­tur­ing that is cur­rently be­ing fi­nalised by an in­ter­na­tional con­sor­tium un­der the Euro­pean Eras­mus+ funded project High End Shoe, whose over­all aim is to in­crease the lux­ury and high-end shoe’s seg­ment in Europe. The Euro­pean Con­sor­tium is led by the Por­tuguese Footwear Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre and in­cludes, in ad­di­tion to the Euro­pean Con­fed­er­a­tion of the Footwear In­dus­try, the Span­ish Footwear Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre INESCOP, the Ital­ian Footwear Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre Po­litec­nico Calza­turiero, the French Ly­cée du Dauphiné, and the Czech Footwear As­so­ci­a­tion. The oc­cu­pa­tion and train­ing pro­gramme is ad­dressed to a wide range of tar­get groups, such as teach­ers of vo­ca­tional sub­jects, de­sign­ers, mod­el­ers, grad­u­ates and stu­dents of vo­ca­tional schools as well as young en­trepreneurs. This pi­lot train­ing fo­cused on tech­niques for pro­duc­ing qual­ity lux­ury men’s shoes us­ing a Goodyear de­sign and was at­tended by 14 stu­dents from the Czech Repub­lic, France, Italy, Por­tu­gal and Spain. The feed­back re­ceived on this mo­bil­ity ex­er­cise was very pos­i­tive, in­di­cat­ing that they found the course en­rich­ing, use­ful, and mo­ti­vat­ing. Their tes­ti­monies on so­cial me­dia re­vealed their en­thu­si­asm and grate­ful­ness for hav­ing been part of this unique train­ing, with com­ments such as “Proud of this… Great ex­pe­ri­ence, amaz­ing peo­ple, new friends,” and “It was the best de­ci­sion of my life. In less than 2 weeks, we covered ev­ery­thing.” Boost­ing Europe’s lux­ury and high-end as­sets and po­ten­tial is one of the Euro­pean Con­fed­er­a­tion of the Footwear In­dus­try’s (CEC) main pri­or­i­ties, which it is ac­tively pro­mot­ing through the HES project. CEC is also work­ing on iden­ti­fy­ing how to best con­nect with new gen­er­a­tions to at­tract them to the footwear sec­tor, and this in­ter­na­tional mo­bil­ity pi­lot un­der­lines the ben­e­fits for stu­dents and work­ers to par­tic­i­pate in cross-bor­der ex­pe­ri­ences, not only for them­selves, but also for the com­pa­nies they will or are work­ing for as they can bring new knowl­edge, new prac­tices and a more mo­ti­vated work­force. The Lux­ury Footwear Man­u­fac­tur­ing Tech­ni­cian pro­file and cor­re­spond­ing train­ing pro­gramme, the project’s main out­comes, will be pre­sented in the project’s fi­nal con­fer­ence at THEMICAM trade fair in Mi­lan on Tues­day 19th Septem­ber.

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