Kick-off meeting for EU high-end footwear training project

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Published:  29 January, 2015

The kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ project “High-End Shoe (HES) - Innovative Training for Luxury Footwear Manufacturing took place on January 22-23 in San Joao da Madeira, Portugal, at the premises of the Portuguese Footwear Technology Centre (CTCP). 

The strategic partnership includes three technology centres- the CTCP, the Spanish INESCOP and the Italian Politecnico Calzaturiero- the French vocational training centre le Lycée du Dauphiné, the Czech Footwear Association and the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry.

The three-year initiative aims to support and expand the worldwide reputation of the European luxury and high-end footwear sector through the creation and development of an innovative ICT vocational training course targeted to a wide range of footwear groups - VET students, new talented designers, footwear workers and technicians, and new entrepreneurs.  

For that purpose, the partners will elaborate a preliminary assessment of skills, knowledge and competences required to manufacture a luxury product, which should serve as basis for identifying the necessary occupational profile on a “Taylor-Made Technician”. It is expected that stakeholders intervening in the footwear supply chain- from the conception, design, and production to quality control, distribution and retail- will be invited to contribute with what they consider essential for qualifying as luxury footwear.

The meeting discussions also addressed the importance to clarify the sometimes confusion between luxury and premium/high-end products.

The kick-off meeting in portugal

The international consortium is convinced that the project will facilitate a new generation of exclusive luxury technicians and designers in Europe, consolidating the European luxury footwear around the world, while increasing the job opportunities in a more dynamic and innovative European footwear sector.

More information will be soon available at www.highendshoe.eu

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