LVMH invests in training activities and announces 2,000 hires over three years in Italy. This was said by Chantal Gaemperle, human resources director of the French group, during the Florentine appointment ShowME, on Friday November 19. “In Italy, as in all our countries, the cradle of savoir-faire, there is an urgent need to make professions of excellence attractive”, she said. “This is why LVMH’s commitment and action to revalue and transmit these exceptional savoirs faire is fundamental”.
2,000 new hires in three years
The investment in personnel in Italy is part of a wider programme on an international scale. Overall, the programme envisages the creation of 8,000 new jobs by 2022 and 30,000 by 2024. Recruitment is closely linked to training activities: after all, luxury fashion houses need specialised craftsmen. The problem, and it is a problem that does not only affect LVMH, is to have a pool of resources to draw from. “In Italy there are only 10,000 ITS students, while in France there are 250,000”, continued Gaemperle. “This is why it is so important to make the most of the opportunities offered by the professions of excellence: they are still perceived as dry jobs, when on the contrary they have high added value and represent a great career opportunity”.
LVMH’s training network in Italy
In 2022, LVMH will also bring Excellent to Italy. This is the programme, already launched in France, to raise awareness among middle school students about savoir-faire professions. “We’ve had a very good response,” said Alexandre Boquel, director of savoir-faire development for LVMH, “helping the little ones discover our world. It’s great to see them get curious and passionate about artisan work”. LVMH has had the Institute of Métiers d’Excellence in Italy since 2017: here it has trained 300 apprentices, and from here it offers 10 apprenticeship training programmes in 10 professions and 14 partner maisons. In addition, 18 of the group’s brands have in-house schools modelled on Loro Piana‘s Académie de l’Art des métiers.
In the photo, the closing moment of the ShowME event