© Gwen Dubourthoumieu
The fifth edition of the Village de l’Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH (IME) vocational training fair took place on February 4 in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois. Over 1,000 junior high and high school students and their teachers from the Seine-Saint-Denis department at the northern edge of Paris had a chance to discover the apprenticeship training programs and professions accessible via the LVMH IME and partner schools and universities.
Since its creation in 2014, the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence has promoted transmission of the unique savoir-faire at the Group’s Maisons – from craft to creative and retail métiers – among both young generations and people seeking to learn new skills. The LVMH IME trains tomorrow’s luxury industry professionals thanks to apprenticeships at LVMH Maisons, coupled with classes at partner schools recognized for their excellence in their respective areas.
The LVMH IME Village event in Clichy-sous-Bois presented the rich diversity of métiers throughout the Group, from couture and jewelry to vineyards. Visitors to booths hosted by partner schools saw demonstrations of specialized craft skills in leather goods, jewelry making or couture and learned about the different training programs offered by the LVMH IME’s 21 partner schools. Apprentices from the IME class of 2020 and Human Resources teams from LVMH Maisons – including Celine, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior Couture and Chaumet – were on hand to meet the many enthusiastic young people.
This vocational training fair is an essential event for the LVMH IME, explains Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Synergies: “It kicks off the annual IME recruiting campaign in France.” The initiative extends beyond simple talent recruitment, she added: “The IME is emblematic of how the LVMH Group’s human resources policy promotes employment for young people, diversity and inclusion, along with passing on the unique savoir-faire in our industry.”
The LVMH IME welcomed a new partner at this fifth edition of the fair, CPRO Stephenson, which is taking part in the Retail Excellence course developed with Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche and La Grande Épicerie. The school joined the other 11 other partner schools attending the IME Village: Institut Français de la Mode, Les Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France, Haute École de Joaillerie, Avize Viti Campus, Centre Européen des Professions Culinaires, IUT d’Orléans, ISIPCA, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, École Duperré Paris, EMASUP Paris and EIML Paris.
LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence – Key Figures:
- 4 countries: France (2014), Switzerland (2016), Italy (2017), Spain (2019).
- 800 apprentices trained since 2014 – 500 alumni and 300 apprentices enrolled in the class of 2020
- 21 professions
- 28 training programs, including 26 with work/study formats, from CAP vocational high school level to Master 2,in craft, creative and retail professions.
- 35 partner LVMH Maisons in the Group’s five business sectors
- 21 partner schools
- 61% placement rate in 2019 at LVMH or outside partners.