Sunday, September 23, 2018

Drive for more shoemakers in the UK

The British Footwear Association, based in Northamptonshire, has set up an apprenticeship scheme to try to tempt people into the profession. The industry employs about 4,000 people in the UK and make six million pairs of shoes each year with almost half exported to other countries. In a fine pair of shoes there are between 200 to 300 processes and apprentices learn shoe making skills that will make them valuable employees. Firms across the country have signed up to offer apprenticeships, including some of the 22 shoemakers in Northamptonshire. The county was once the shoemaking capital of the world but due to increasing costs in the mid-20th Century, many manufacturing processes moved abroad. The remaining companies successfully divested into luxury handmade shoes around the world.

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