The British Footwear Association has announced the launch of the BFA Foundation Course in Footwear Technology, an industry-led initiative aimed at raising the profile and skills of technical trainees. The program started last month, with a number of leading employers nominating trainees to participate in the 12-month course. Those who complete the course receive the BFA accredited certificate. The course is being offered as a way to remedy the shortage of skills of technical staff in the industry.