LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence

The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence is a vocational training program with a work/study format that targets students whose education levels range from two-year vocational high school degrees to master’s degrees. The program is designed to enable LVMH to transmit its savoir-faire to young generations in both traditional craftsmanship métiers, as well as creative and sales professions, enhancing their employability. Between 2014 and early 2019 500 apprentices have joined the IME in France, Switzerland and Italy in partnership with leading schools in their respective disciplines.

LVMH IME welcomes its new class of 2019/2020

“The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence LVMH underlines the key role played by master artisans and tutors in transmitting knowledge and savoir-faire. Our métiers involve skills that are passed on over generations. Everyone across LVMH is deeply committed to preserving and enriching this heritage and proud to contribute through this unique initiative.”

The IME currently offers 21 different training programs in France, Switzerland and Italy.

The program had a graduation rate of 98% in 2018 and a placement rate of 83% as graduates either found jobs in the métiers they studied or pursued advanced training. Some 64% of apprentices have found jobs with LVMH Maisons or their external partners. These figures confirm that the IME has achieved the goals it set when the program was launched, namely to enhance the employability of young generations while passing on the unique savoir-faire found at LVMH Maisons.

A significant number of LVMH Maisons are IME partners: Berluti, Bvlgari, Celine, Chaumet, Christian Dior Couture, DFS, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Fred, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Guerlain, Hennessy, Hublot, Kenzo, La Grande Epicerie, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, Loewe, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Make Up For Ever, Moët & Chandon, Moynat, Parfums Christian Dior, Parfums Givenchy, Rossimoda, Sephora, Starboard Cruise Services, TAG Heuer, Veuve Clicquot, Zenith and  Rimowa.

The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence was created to meet several fundamental objectives:


The LVMH Institut des Métiers d’Excellence training program is unique in the luxury industry. This work/study format has been designed in partnership with prestigious schools selected for the quality of their teaching and their accredited degrees.

Trainees in each track complete a course that includes technical and theoretical content with partner schools, coupled with practical experience at LVMH Maisons while working under paid vocational training contracts.

As part of the IME, trainees also take foreign language classes, meet with artisans, experts and creative staff and tour workshops or stores as part of the Master Classes.

The IME promotes, transmits and valorizes savoir-faire unique to the luxury industry in artisanal métiers, as well as sales and creative professions. It enables recruitment and training of young people, including those without prior qualifications or who are seeking a new vocation, while remaining fully consistent with our exacting criteria. The program offers some young people a second chance with a work/study format that enables tuition-free education that is practical and concrete, enabling them to earn vocational certificates or degrees. This training facilitates recruitment by the LVMH Group, its external partners or companies in the different specialized sectors involved.


Within the scope of its policy supporting equal opportunity, LVMH pursues initiatives to promote the IME and its vocational training offer, in particular among young people, job seekers and citizens in underserved neighborhoods. This outreach effort helps recruit students for the upcoming school year.

In January 2019, for the fourth consecutive year LVMH hosted the IME Village event in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois in order to engage with and attract talents among a population that might not be aware of such opportunities or does not believe that they might qualify.

Through this initiative LVMH promotes a diversity of origins and cultures at its Maisons and fulfills a role as a responsible employer, while ensuring consistency with the Group’s high standards and selection objectives.