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Safilo Announces Eyewear Apprenticeship Program

Safilo Group Eyewear Craftsmanship

PADUA, Italy, Sep 16, 2014/ — Earlier this month, Safilo Group announced the launch of its Product School offering 3-year Apprenticeships to up to 10 young professionals every year, starting from 2015.

On the occasion of its institutional 80th anniversary, Safilo recalls the importance of its product creation, design, development, and manufacturing capabilities, and its historical reputation of offering the very best of Italian tradition through eyewear apprenticeships dating back as far as 1878.

High-quality eyewear craftsmanship at the heart of modern globally integrated quality business management is core to Safilo’s strategy aimed at long term sustainable profitable growth.

Safilo announces, therefore, the establishment of the “Safilo Product School” to give young apprentices starting their professional lives the opportunity to build foundational mastery across all Product functions, and then begin Safilo’s career path to form the new generations of Eyewear Product Directors.

Entry into the program based on selection is open to talents coming from technical institutes or universities, and builds on international apprenticeship best practice combining on-the-job learning and job rotation including an international assignment in Safilo’s worldwide operations, coaching by experienced Safilo managers and experts, and regular classroom training.

The focus is on Product Creation, i.e. from design to product development, from prototyping to manufacturing, materials, quality, pricing, and product concept selling. Safilo’s values – quality, durability, and timeless design – together with its unique technological innovation, that changed the history of the eyewear industry and that have been present from the very beginning in the collection of glasses bearing the company’s name, will be the basis on which the courses will be built.

Additionally, the program also covers the development of managerial skills and behavioral competencies, inspired by Safilo’s way of doing business guided by the company’s Values and Principles, as just renewed for its 80th Anniversary.

The formal training will be administered in collaboration with national and international partners, i.e. Universities, Technical and Optical Product Certification Institutes, and Safilo’s customer and supplier network, supplemented by its own global management team.

The School will enhance the legacy of Safilo’s Calalzo di Cadore site, the Company’s first establishment that today hosts more than three thousand pieces of eyewear belonging to the company’s museum, and a unique worldwide archive of over 250,000 pairs of eyewear from the late 19th century to today.

Safilo’s heritage in product creation and development dates back to 1878, when the very first production site was established, and afterwards was acquired (in 1934) to become the modern Safilo in today’s incorporation.

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