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Skill formation plays a major role in employment, both quantity and quality. The growing pace of technological change, the need for specialized technical skills has become more pressing. The patters of skills required to be employed in modern leather and leather products manufacturing have changed, as well as the institutional structures around them.In the emerging competitive setting, there is a greater emphasis on flexible specialized high-level training.

Tomorrow’s  technical, environmental, safety and ethical problems cannot be solved by experts trained with yesterday’s methodology and methods.

Online and eLearning training courses are such opportunity. Facilitated online trainings, both as stand-alone  courses and when combined with in-residence trainings, allow for greater interaction with trainers and significantly increase the impact of traditional trainings at very little additional cost. Furthermore, e-learning considerably extends the reach of trainings and opens  them to different audiences. The innovative delivery format will make learning  flexible, interactive and effective. 

E-learning and on-line training is especially suited for motivated learners and offers distinct advantages such as:

1/ convenience,

2/standardized delivery,

3/self-paced learning and a

4/ variety of content.

UNIDO has prepared and developed e-Learning material avaiable for user on builds on Animated Visual Training Tools launched in 2011. There are several courses avaiable. Each course consist of several lessons and in some cases with tests.

Registered users can take advantages of training materials prepared by UNIDO (e.g. the Animated Visual Training Tool on effluent treatment, specific e-Learning materials that are presently being developed). Please visit

Course: Occupational Safety and Health Aspects of Leather Manufacturing  - This training programme has been primarily designed for a wide range of people involved in the leather industry: from owners and tanners to managers and supervisors to tannery workers and technicians. Some parts of the training can be used by participants as self-study material. The training can also help in an exchange of ideas on how to improve the occupational safety and health standards at work in the tanneries and effluent treatment plants.

Confronted with increasing legal and social pressures, no tanner can afford the luxury of not being familiar with the main issues and principles of occupational, safety and health protection pertaining to tannery operations.

Hydrogen sulphide gas present in tanneries and effluent treatment plants has proven fatal to workers exposed to it many times.

See also Safety Video - How to deal with hydrogen sulhide gas

"SAFE Leather" must mean safe for operators and workers, as well as safe for consumers and communities. Company management must ensure that the workplace provides workers and anyone else attending the workplace with access to appropriate first aid equipment. Management must also ensure that the workers have access to an adequate number of persons who have been trained to administer first aid.

First Aid course/training should be mandatory for all employees. 

The course, “Introduction to Treatment of Tannery Effluent” is designed for training institutions, private companies, and individuals that require an understanding of effluent treatment methods in the leather industry. The course is recommended to be used in a blended approach via classroom instruction using training content or self-learning along with an allocation of time for hands-on application in the laboratory.   There are 5 modules in this course as below:

The course Introduction to Leather Testing  is designed for training institutions, private companies and individuals that require understanding of both the theory and application of a wide array of standard test methods in utilize in the leather industry. The course is recommended to be used in a blend of classroom instruction using training content or self-learning along with allocation of time for hands on application in the laboratory.

Footwear Pattern Engineering Course is divided into several modules with various different lessons and tests in each module:

Module 1 -Introduction: Lessons provide information on how to use eLearning material - instructions and user guide. Introduction lesson provides an overview of the training course Footwear pattern Engineering.

Module 2: Background - Fashion, Foot Anatomy, Shoe Lasts: Lessons and tests cover shoe fashion, foot anatomy and measurement, shoe lasts and shoe lasts forms.

Module 3: Footwear Pattern Engineering: Learning material have been worked out together and closely related to each other. Ten designs have been chosen, which identify different market requirements, different fashion themes, different constructions, and different manufacturing processes.

The list of lessons and tests is as follows: 1: Decollete; 2. Woman's sandal; 3. Men's sandal; 4. Derby shoe; 5. Oxford shoe; 6. Slip-on shoe; 7. Man's casual shoe; 8. Sport shoe; 9. Ladies tubular shoe; 10. Real moccasins

Module 4: Preparation module: With lessons covering - Shoe components, Pattern Grading

The concept of e-Learning and its application in the leather and shoe industry (re)training is introduced in the survey "e-Learning in the Leather-based Industries" by Dr. Ferenc Schmél that was submitted to the UNIDO Leather and Leather Products Indutry Panel held in Shanghai, China in 2012. Blocks of the above chart represent the 21 modules of the complete course. Each of them is composed of 24-80 colorful and mostly highly animated slides, texts and flowcharts, terminology, pictures/illustrations, videos, references to outside resources. Each module offers a complete set of knowledge, explanation of methodology, instructions etc. covering the respective theoretical knowledge and related skills. In principle the learner needs no further sources for obtaining the necessary information (including options) and to develop her/his skills (e.g. in pattern drawing and cutting). A comprehensive test is made for each lesson for checking the efficiency of the learning effort.

Footwear pattern Engineering course and  e-Learning courses for the leather, footwear and other leather products industries have been developed by UNIDO and TechnOrg

Registration to the course is free. Steps to have an access to the course:

1: Register yourself and log-on LeatherPanel portal

2. Request "Group membership" for the Course

¡Bienvenido al curso de aprendizaje combinado sobre tecnologías de fabricación de cuero sostenible!

El objetivo de este curso es que usted adquiera conocimientos acerca de la fabricación de cuero limpio y sostenible. Este curso consiste de una fase introductoria y cinco módulos de aprendizaje. 

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