LVMH continues to promote and preserve the Métiers d’Excellence to pass on unique savoir-faire in France
LVMH SHOW ME event spotlights a year of concrete initiatives that bring generations together to pass on, celebrate and preserve the Group’s exceptional Métiers d’Excellence.
A year after the signature of the “WE for ME” (“Worldwide Engagements for Métiers d’Excellence”) Manifesto by the Group’s 75 Maisons, Les Métiers d’Excellence LVMH took center stage at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, welcoming over 1,100 guests. This second edition of the SHOW ME Paris event showcased new initiatives by the LVMH Group over the past year to attract a new generation of talents to Creative, Craftmanship and Client Experience métiers, as LVMH expects to hire 3,000 people in France in these areas by the end of 2024. French luxury trade association Comité Colbert estimates that 20,000 skilled craftspeople are needed in France to carry on craftmanship métiers, representing a major challenge for the luxury industry.
Just ten days after the Italian edition of the event in Milan, SHOW ME Paris welcomed speakers including Bernard Arnault, LVMH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies, Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of LOEWE, and Tony Parker, President of the Tony Parker Adéquat Academy and Métiers d’Excellence LVMH ambassador. The show also featured artisans, apprentices, educators, Virtuosos and Group employees, who shared stories illustrating the many ways in which LVMH concretely acts to preserve and develop exceptional savoir-faire.
A new cohort of LVMH Virtuosos was honored and presented with an insignia brooch designed specially by Chaumet. In addition, apprentices from the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence completing their program received their degrees during the show.
Conceived as a show revolving around the stories of exceptional talents, SHOW ME also featured wonderfully poetic choreography on the theme of transmission of Gestures, created by Sadeck Waff. After the show, the lobby of the Salle Pleyel was transformed into an exhibition showcasing LVMH’s artisans and apprentices, along with their creations.
“At a time when the luxury industry is experiencing shortages of personnel in certain craftsmanship, sales or hospitality professions, it is absolutely essential to promote career opportunities in our 280 Métiers d’Excellence among young generations. When we created the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH back in 2014, we were already committed to offer training designed to enhance the employability of apprentices, regardless of their initial qualifications. Today we are nurturing a virtuous circle of initiatives to consolidate the talent pool that is indispensable to preserving our uniquely skilled métiers, engaging with all generations,” said Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Executive Vice President Human Resources and Synergies.
The Métiers d’Excellence LVMH are embodied by some 100,000 talents who practice more than 280 métiers, (among others, leather goods artisan, couturier, winemaker, cosmetics formulator, embroiderer, watchmaker, jeweler, hotelier and sales advisor) at 180 manufactures and workshops, including 110 in France, as well as 5,500 stores, 522 of them in France. The LVMH Group is resolutely committed to passing on their unique savoir-faire, engaging with and bridging all generations, from middle school students to Virtuosos at LVMH Maisons.
METIERS D’EXCELLENCE LVMH: A GLOBAL STRATEGY, CONCRETE RESULTS
- 100,000 people practice Métiers d’Excellence at LVMH worldwide, spanning Creative, Craft and Client Experience métiers.
- LVMH recruited over 8,000 people worldwide in these métiers in 2022.
- 3,000 positions in these métiers to be filled at LVMH Maisons by the end of 2024.
The Métiers d’Excellence LVMH initiative is designed to enable talents to learn and perfect their skills in these métiers throughout their lives, from middle school to end of career, thanks to a diverse range of programs:
- “Excellent!”, an outreach program targeting middle schoolers to inspire vocations. In 2022, over 1,600 middle school students in France, Italy and Spain will have learned about métiers with unique skills across the LVMH Group.
- Orient people to relevant training opportunities and job offers through “You & ME”. The You & Me Tour of five French cities in 2022 (Clichy sous-Bois, Reims, Valence, Orléans and Paris) proposed more than 1,200 offers for internships, work/study programs, fixed term and permanent positions. The tour continues in France in February 2023 (Paris, Lyon, Reims, Orléans and Clichy sous-bois), followed by Italy. To learn more visit youandme.lvmh.com
- Train future LVMH Group talents via the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence. The 2022 school year welcomed a record 450 new apprentices at the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence in seven countries (France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, Germany and the United States). These learners choose from among more than 42 training programs in partnership with 33 prestigious schools. The learners in this new cohort range in age from 15 to 51, and a third of them are pursuing reskilling opportunities, reflecting a vast diversity of backgrounds and profiles. Since its creation in 2014, the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence has trained over 2,000 apprentices.
- The Académie des Métiers d’Excellence encompasses 36 schools within LVMH Maisons, enabling internal talents to continually expand their skills throughout their careers. In 2022, more than 200,000 hours of training were dedicated to skills development for more than 30,000 employees.
- Celebrate exceptional talents who embody excellence in savoir-faire with the community of LVMH Virtuosos. Created in 2021, this community will welcome a new cohort of 63 Virtuosos who will be honored during the SHOW ME event. Each represents the epitome of excellence in their respective savoir-faire and an exemplary career itinerary at an LVMH Maison. They will benefit from personalized development programs and will be invited to pass on their passion and savoir-faire, especially to young generations.
- Support talents outside the LVMH Group thanks to long-term corporate patronage initiatives:
- For the second consecutive year, LVMH has joined ELLE magazines to organize the Prix ELLE Artisanes. These awards celebrate and promote the remarkable talent of women in métiers characterized by exceptional savoir-faire in fashion, design, food and the preservation of French heritage.
- In 2023, LVMH will launch the Italian Craft Prize, which will celebrate master artisans in heritage métiers, along with emerging talents and “artisans 2.0”, who integrate innovation and digital in their savoir-faire.
- Collaborations between artisans and artists are designed to support heritage artisans with savoir-faire that has become increasingly rare. For the 100% Italian second season, artist Francesca Pasquali engaged with the Tombolo-style lace embroidery technique practiced by artisan Simona Ianini.