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SATRA holds 'most successful' UK SAFT course

Twenty-three students from seven countries were taught in SATRA’s recent SAFT UK course sessions, which were led by SATRA specialists.

No fewer than 23 students came to SATRA’s Kettering headquarters in March to be trained in the internationally renowned SATRA Accredited Footwear Technologist (SAFT) course, which was spread over a 12-day period. Not only was there an impressive number of footwear designers, production personnel and technologists in attendance, but they were also a very international group, having travelled in from Australia, Canada, India, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the USA, as well as the UK. The students represented a cross-section of companies in the footwear supply chain, including shoemakers, component manufacturers, chemical producers and retailers.

The SAFT course teaches six key areas in footwear production: lasts and fitting, materials and constructions, laboratory test procedures, product design and lean manufacturing, quality assurance and performance/risk assessment, and industrial footwear. Each module is covered in a two-day intensive training period, and comprehensive documentation is also provided to support the lecture and practical sessions. Once the course has been completed, students have the opportunity to take optional written examinations in a minimum of five chosen modules to receive SATRA SAFT accreditation.

The students at this latest UK course were at different stages of their training. One came to take her final module (having attended previous SAFT courses in the UK and the USA), while another student covered all his modules during these March 2018 sessions.

Because of the popularity of SAFT training, SATRA will be holding another course in the UK during November 2018. A SAFT course will also be presented in California during October. Please email for further information.

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 4 of the April 2018 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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