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The “sexiest industry in Europe” opens its doors to worldwide footwear technicians to reveal the leading technologies used in different shoe manufacturing techniques. Through visits to different footwear manufacturing plants the programme offers participants skills development in the varied processes.

Throughout one week participants will be given the opportunity to visit various companies, which are producing different types of footwear such as Cemented, Goodyear, Blake, Stitch&Turn, Strobel, Injected, and to witness in depth the processes from original concept through technical development to the finished product.

In parallel with gaining first hand, in-depth experience of a leading world sector, participants will be brought face to face with the very best of technological and entrepreneurial practices which Portugal can offer, all within the relaxing and interesting historic-cultural environment of Porto.

When and where

27th June to 02nd July

São joão da Madeira - Santa Maria da Feira - Oliveira de Azeméis -
- Felgueiras - Guimarães

To Whom

Footwear technicians and entrepreneurs
within the footwear industry


Participants will be staying in Porto and taken every day to the different factories within a radius of 50 kms. Social/cultural events will be arranged to enrich the experience and promote networking opportunities.

  • 27th June
    • Welcome cocktail
  • 28th June to 01st July
    • Pick-up at the hotel and briefing on the factories to be visited,
    type of product.
    • Drive to a factory
    • Lunch
    • Drive to a factory
    • End of the day
    • Drive back to the hotel
  • 01st July - evening
    • Final Dinner
  • 02nd July
    • Pick-up at the hotel and briefing on the factories to be visited,
    type of product.
    • Drive to a factory
    • Lunch
    • Event Closing
    • Drive to the hotel/airport


This programme may be subject to change. The updated version will always be available on the website.

The final programme will be provided on the first day of the visits.

The programme programme will be delivered in English.

Training/coaching personnel are from CTCP - 30 years supporting the Footwear industry - and from its international partners.

The programme offers a group experience requiring adherence to the timetable.

All meals as here described are included in the price, any other meals are at participants’ own expense.

Transfers quoted in the above programme are included in the price, any other transport will be at participants’ own expense.

Air travel is NOT included in the price.

Payment is non-refundable.

Price: € 1,500 (one thousand five hundred euros)

At the end of the programme, participants will be given a certificate of attendance.


The course will have a maximum of 15 participants.

Selection criteria:
Work experience.
Motivation to enrol in the course.

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APICCAPS - Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers’ Association

Rua Alves Redol, 372
4050-042 Porto

T. +351 225 074 150
[email protected] |

CTCP - Footwear Technology Centre of Portugal

Rua de Fundões - Devesa Velha
3700-121 S. João da Madeira

T. +351 256 830 950
[email protected] |