PARIS — “At LVMH, we are all artisans,” declared LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chief executive officer Bernard Arnault, speaking at the sixth edition of the Institut des Métiers d’Excellence’s welcoming ceremony on Tuesday.
The luxury company toasted its 300 new apprentices for the 2019 school year — ten times the number of trainees in the program’s inaugural class, which debuted in 2014.
“The success of our group, which is based on brands that are all artisanal, depends on the quality and the work of all the artisans at each of our brands,” Arnault continued. “Craftsmanship is at the heart of our activities and at the heart of our corporate values.”
The Institut des Métiers d’Excellence, or institute for métiers of excellence, aims to create a bridge between the luxury business, in constant need of trained artisans, and students planning for the future, recruited every year via a vocational fair in the Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois.
The free, yearlong work-study apprenticeships enable students to learn skills through a combination of classroom education at leading schools and hands-on experience in the workshops of LVMH houses and partners.
These vocational training programs, open to both students and adult learners, are done in partnership with top French schools in
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