300 apprentices, 18 training tracks, 3 European countries: 3rd years begins for LVMH IME

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Apprentices in the 2017/2018 class at the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence (IME) begin their training programs today. The IME has had an eventful year and has organized an exhibition of work done by students from previous years.

For its first class in 2014 the IME welcomed 28 apprentices. Since then, nearly 300 trainees have joined this unique work/study program. This growth reflects both an increase in the number of apprentices and a commitment to making the IME a vocational training program on a European scale thanks to partnerships between prestigious schools and LVMH Maisons. Last year, just two years after its creation, the IME opened its first watchmaking school in Switzerland – the École d’Horlogerie LVMH – followed this year by the Istituto dei Mestieri d’Eccellenza LVMH in Italy, located in Palazzo Pucci in Florence.

Four new training tracks have been added to the 14 courses in the IME catalogue in Italy, Switzerland and France. In Italy, the program now includes Leather Goods (Pelletteria) in partnership with Polimoda and Jewelry (Oreficeria) with For.Al. In France, the IME has teamed with the Sorbonne Nouvelle and École Duperré to create the first Master in Design, Fashion and Creative Industries, and with EIML Paris for a new Client Advisor course, taught in English. These programs reflect the diversity and scope of the training offered by the IME for students and apprentices interested in careers in artisanal craftsmanship and creative and retail professions, ranging from high school level vocational certificates to masters degrees. “The European expansion of the LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence and these new courses underline the importance LVMH attaches to transmission of savoir-faire and to the unique skills required in the luxury industry,” said Chantal Gaemperle, LVMH Group Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Synergies.

LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence – Key Figures

  • Over 300 apprentices in 2017
  • Nearly 30 partner Maisons across our 5 business sectors
  • 12 partner schools
  • 18 work/study programs spanning artisanal craftsmanship and creative and retail professions
  • Degree programs from high school level vocational certificates to masters degrees
  • 90% placement for IME graduates