IFTS, the course for shoe technicians starts again after last year’s successThe training program “Industrialisation techniques of the product and of the process for the Lombardy footwear sector”, at its second edition, has the aim of training young technicians to pass on the footwear industry’s know-how to the luxury sector.
On October 15th, at the Stemmi hall of Malinverni Palace in Legnano – in the presence of the Directors of the School Institutes, of representatives of Confindustria and Confartigianali, and with the participation of the footwear companies, Assocalzaturifici, the Municipality of Legnano and of Senator Aprea – was inaugurated the second edition of the IFTS course aimed at the footwear world.
Having been extremely successful both at the companies that have hosted the traineeship of the young students and of the students themselves, the study plan is confirmed:
- visits to companies of materials and components of the supply chain: Ifaba, Elleduesse, Biafer, Tacchificio Villa Cortese, LP Fashion Studio (which will also take care of the lesson regarding commodity-related materials), Conceria Stefania, etc.
- visits to trade fairs: Micam, Lineapelle and Simac
- strong laboratory and practical component:
- two weeks in Vigevano at the Shoe Style Lab premises to learn more about cutting techniques
- six weeks at the shoe factory (Ars Shoe Lab) of the ARSUTORIA school to learn the basics about shoe lasting techniques
The theory is therefore supported by field practice, which occupies at least 40% of the total hours of the course. A winning formula that has brought excellent results in past editions with an average of 65% of recruitments in companies where the trainees have carried out traineeships.
This year, too, many companies in the district of Parabiago and Vigevano responded enthusiastically to the project and are ready to welcome the youngsters.
And if the format remains unchanged, the novelty is represented by the support of the City of Legnano, thanks to whose contribution the two most deserving students will have access to an internship abroad.
The IFTS course was brought as a positive example to the Commission for Culture, Science and Education of the Italian Chamber of Deputies by the Member of Parliament Valentina Aprea, former Council Member for Education and Culture Education of the Lombardy Region:
Together with schools and entrepreneurs I have asked to create these professional chains, because it is our duty to support young people with appropriate specialisations and training. I am proud of all the work we have done, and I think it can become a national model to be pursued when how to get young people into a career path is called into question. We must bet on a quick transition from the study path to the working one.