CTCP is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1986, aiming at supporting all companies of Footwear cluster which is represented by more than 1500 SMEs from shoe industry, 300 SMEs from components industry, and 307 of leather goods industry, and small entrepreneurs in the field of design and project engineering. CTCP’s headquarters are placed near Porto (2nd biggest city in Portugal) in S. João da Madeira which is one of the two largest industrial area of Footwear in Portugal. CTCP employs 43 technicians, engineers and senior specialists and trainers and works with approximately 15 external consultants/trainers in a regular basis.

The most relevant CTCP’s activities are: Quality Control, Consultancy, Training, Marketing and Promotion, Research and Development, Health & Safety, Environment, Business Intelligence, Studies and comparative Research. In the field of training/employment CTCP is certified for providing Training by the Portuguese Government and offers vocational and non-vocational training through classical training, work based learning, training-action, b- learning, among other models and services.