Success for SAFT students
SATRA is delighted to have presented the highly regarded SATRA Accredited Footwear Technician (SAFT) award to Anneli Hilkja from A S Samelin and Ian Herbert, a technologist within SATRA’s footwear team. Anneli and Ian now join a select group of successful students who have achieved this internationally recognised accolade.
The two students' training covered 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. Students select five of these modules, and an examination pass in each of the chosen subjects is required to gain SAFT accreditation.
“The course teaches a lot of useful background knowledge regarding footwear manufacturing that I would not otherwise have learned,” commented Ian Herbert. “It has provided me with a more comprehensive understanding of all types of footwear construction, which has proved beneficial in my day-to-day work.”
The photograph at the top of this page shows Anneli Hilkja (left) receiving her certificate from A S Samelin managing director Leida Kikka.
This article was originally published on page 6 of the November 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.