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Strengths of the Sector

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Qualified and Skilled labour force at Competitive Costs

Tunisia offers a labour force that is available, skilled and competitive, with a capacity for rapid apprenticeship. Both local and foreign companies appreciate the flexibility, training capacity, skills and qualifications of Tunisian workers...

A Bespoke Training System

The Tunisian vocational training system is based on about 15 institutions (3 sectoral centres and 12 centres dedicated to apprenticeship and self-employment promotion) that all provide with skilled workers and technicians with good profiles.

This system is also very flexible in meeting specific needs as it can be adjusted to bespoke training programmes, ongoing vocational training or work-linked training.

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Today the annual capacity of vocational training in the leather and footwear industry today is roughly 2,000 skilled workers and 500 technicians all branches included.

A Flexible and Responsive Offer

Tunisia takes full advantage of the changes taking place in global trade in footwear where seasonality is losing importance and where the traditional two collections (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter) increasingly leave room for restocking orders which are growing.

This comparative advantage is more important than the ordered quantities which can be quite small according to the immediate or even cyclical needs.

Showing strong reactivity and capacity for heavy workload, Tunisia ranks very favourably in relation to restocking orders of small batches that can be manufactured within a maximum period of 8 days.

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  • Towards an ecological leather and footwear industry

  • By product of cattle breeding accused of deforestation and pollution, leather is exposed by Envol Vert. The NGO calls for more traceability to shoe manufacturers in a global industry and exposed to environmental dumping.

  • In Tunisia, work on eco-design has become a focus for some companies, such as Starlight which is using car leather as raw material.

A Specific Upgrading Programme

275 companies operating in the leather and footwear sector benefited from the National Upgrading Programme.

Thanks to this programme, they were able to double both productivity and exports. Many of them are in partnership with foreign partners to benefit from their know-how and to be part of their marketing networks.

The National Centre of Leather and Footwear (CNCC)

Set up in January 1969, the National Centre of Leather and Footwear reports to the Ministry of Industry and Mining.

Its mission is to promote and develop Leather and Footwear industry in Tunisia.

CNCC is very active on both local and international levels and maintains close cooperation relationships with several institutions and organisations involved in different activities related to Leather and Footwear industry.

CNCC’s missions are aimed to promote and develop Leather and Footwear industry in Tunisia through its services to companies, such as :

  • Technical assistance and cooching

  • Analysis, testing and calibration

  • Training

  • Research and development

  • Industrial promotion

  • Information and communication

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