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Online course capturing the industry’s attention

The development of SATRA’s new ‘Footwear Foundations’ interactive online course is proving popular for personnel working in the sector around the world.

As modules for the internet-based SATRA ‘Footwear Foundations’ course are being rolled out, it is becoming evident that the development work behind the programme is producing just what the industry wants.

The course has been written to benefit both manufacturing and non-shoemaking personnel working in the industry – including marketing staff, buyers, designers, product developers, material suppliers and members of a sales team. It provides a broad technical appreciation of footwear right across the value chain, from concept through to delivery and consumer end use. The programme will benefit both existing staff members looking to expand on their basic technical  knowledge and personnel who are new to the footwear industry.

Accessible online 24/7, the course consists of a number of different modules, each covering a specific aspect of footwear development, production and quality assurance. While the current course language is English, a joint English/Chinese version will be available in the near future.

Following an introductory module, the course continues with 11 more sections: ‘Design’, ‘Upper materials’, ‘Soles’, ‘Structural components’, ‘Closing’, ‘Lasting and making’, ‘Sole attachment’, ‘Finishing’, ‘Fitting and comfort’, ‘Testing’ and ‘Customer issues’. The modules in the course have been designed to enable the learner to work in a way that best supports their style of learning – such as visual or auditory. While reviewing the text, there is an option to use an audio voiceover that can be turned on or off as required.

Students can move through the modules at their own pace, and there are interactive quizzes at the end of each module to check what has been learned. Successful completion of the full course leads to the award of the SATRA Footwear Foundations Certificate.

A glossary of terms can be accessed from each slide, which includes words and phrases used in the module. If students want more information regarding specific topics covered in the Footwear Foundations course, they will have full access to the online SATRA Member’s Area where they can search for SATRA Bulletin magazine articles or view recordings of relevant webinar sessions. Our experienced technical experts will also be on hand to provide help when this is required.

The complete course is being made available to members for GBP 995 and bulk discounts are available. Access to the introductory module can be arranged free of charge by contacting SATRA. This gives the potential student the opportunity to review the course content in more detail and understand how the online training platform works.

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Publishing Data

This article was originally published on page 36 of the September 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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