LVMH announced the creation of L’Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME), a program of professional training that will allow the LVMH Group to ensure the transmission of its savoir-faire while enhancing the different trades and techniques in the fields of craftsmanship and creation among young generations. Starting in September 2014, the IME will enable accredited degrees through paid apprenticeships within the brands of the company.
“The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence underlines the key role of apprenticeships, supervisors and tutors in the transmission of the knowledge and development of savoir-faire. Our métiers are mastered over the long term: all employees within the group are committed to the preservation and enrichment of its heritage, and are therefore proud to contribute to this original initiative,” said Chantal Gaemperle, group executive vice president, human resources and synergies, LVMH.
The training programs of the Institute have been developed in collaboration with outstanding educational partners. Last April, LVMH signed a partnership with Paris Jewelry School in order to establish an LVMH class within the professional aptitude certificate (CAP) in jewelry arts and techniques. Chaumet and Louis Vuitton will welcome the first selected students as part of the program this year.
In addition, LVMH is announcing the signature of a new partnership with the School of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne to launch the first CAP class in dressmaking. The students will be under the guidance of Dior Couture and Givenchy starting next fall. LVMH also intends to sign other partnerships in the fields of leather goods, visual merchandising and sales.
For each training program, the students will benefit from an educational curriculum combining theoretical and practical training at a school, as well as practical experience within the workshops of the company’s brands. Students of the Initiative will also have the opportunity to interact with master craftsmen and designers of LVMH.