Yves Morin, UITIC president, called the 20th edition of the International Technical Footwear Congress an “incredible congress”. Arsutoria was one of the protagonists of the not-to-be-missed appointment as sponsor, and also with the interesting relationship of its Director about the new frontiers of footwear training, and the close agreement with FDRA.
Sponsoring an event of this magnitude was an honour for the ARSUTORIA school, which in this way was able to support a record-breaking event, with delegates from around the world and a rich panel of interventions.
The 2018 UITIC Congress also proved to be the perfect opportunity to finalise the important memorandum of understanding between FDRA and ARSUTORIA concerning the support that FDRA will give to promoting the training activities that the renowned Milanese school has been carrying out for years for the US footwear industry.
The agreement signed by Matt Priest, CEO of FDRA – the US Federation of Retailers and Distributors – and Matteo Pasca, director of ARSUTORIA, outlines the common initiative also in terms of training content. In fact, FDRA will provide ARSUTORIA teachers with observatory data on the American customs policies for the import of footwear during the courses in New York, Boston and Los Angeles. A very hot and critical topic in the training not only of US sourcing managers, but also of designers and technical developers who work for American brands.
Finally, the congress saw the presentation of the European project, Learn2Work, the Higher Educational and Technical Training course for the footwear sector, which started in 2018 in the districts of Vigevano and Parabiago. The initiative aims to train highly specialised people, ready to be placed in the production departments of shoe factories, adopting the teaching method of the Danish Production School, which combines theoretical teaching with a strong practical experience. The ARSUTORIA school has simulated the work of a real shoe production line with students in its ARS-LAB, the internal footwear factory: a hundred pairs of shoes were made by 22 students during the 6 weeks of the course, and 10 factories have accepted the students for a practical internship.