The Knowledge4Foot project contributes to promoting European excellence and high quality in higher education. It introduces innovative tools to adapt and update the learning and training curricula of higher education providers for managers, designers, and engineers, in order to achieve greater creativity, innovation and high performance in European footwear manufacturing and related sectors.
The project results/products are the following:
Output 1:Mapping the knowledge triangle for transferring research and innovation in footwear manufacturing
The aim of this study is to give a deep overview of the labor market needs for highly qualified professionals in footwear manufacturing with right mix of transversal and professional skills in order to boost the transfer of novelties coming from research and innovation in product, processes and services that provide added value.
Output 2: Training programme and e-learning content for transferring research and innovation
The training courses develop skills and competencies in research, innovation and technological transfer applied to footwear manufacturing. Three modular courses were developed, with 4 units/modules each (total 12 modules), for a training programme having 125 total hours.
Output 3: Multimedia handbook for project-based training and virtual placement of HE students and trainees from SMEs
The content of the multimedia handbooks addressing both to students and supervisors have been elaborated and transformed into e-booklets.
Output 4: Knowledge4Foot Platform for Transferring Research and Innovation in Footwear Manufacturing
An online knowledge-based platform was designed, developed and released. It integrates the developed resources within the project (curriculum, training content, guides, other resources) in order to resemble an Internet-based research and development center that acts upon virtual placement of trainees and project-based activities.
Output 5: Entrepreneurial thinking in footwear manufacturing – Book of lectures for Intensive summer training course
This e-book was used and tested by the participants in the Intensive Summer Course.
Event: Research and Innovation in Footwear Manufacturing -Final conference
Participants: experts, researchers and other professionals from the footwear and leather industries, universities, research institutes and training centers.
Intensive programme for higher education learners
The participants (students) have followed core and optional lectures where they received knowledge and skills for transforming innovative ideas into startup businesses in footwear sector. They were tutored by trainers from partner institutions and were coached by representatives from footwear companies.