LVMH is continuing their quest to foster young talent for gigs in the luxury biz, thanks to the launch of Institut des Métiers d’Excellence, a program that will mentor young artisans. The two-year courses will allow approximately 20 students to focus on either jewelry or dressmaking at two schools: École de la Bijouterie-Joaillerie de Paris for baubles and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne for clothing design. This program will also include mentoring from experts at LVMH, plus paid apprenticeships at their corresponding labels. For those interested in jewelry, gigs at Chaumet or Louis Vuitton are in the works, while those studying clothing design will work at the likes of Dior, Givenchy, Kenzo, or Le Bon Marché.
So, how will the participants be chosen? LVMH will be selecting individuals from schools and orgs in low-income neighborhoods, perhaps doing their bit to combat France’s high unemployment rates, according to WWD. The courses will be tuition-free for these future artisans. Although the promise of a full-time job isn’t certain after the participants receive their diplomas, it’s expected that a number of talents will land a gig at an LVMH label. The program will expand next year to include specialized programs for leather goods, tailoring, visual merchandising, and retail sales.