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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.


SATRA footwear technologist Ian Herbert

“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. 

Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 6 of the November 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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