THE WHAT? LVMH has launched its vocational training program Institut des Métiers d’Excellence in Japan, in partnership with the Professional Institute of International Fashion and Mode Gakuen, according to FTN News.
THE DETAILS Marking the debut of the program in Asia, the program was first launched in Paris in 2014 and aims to educate those in creative, craft and retail professions.
Having started in April, 12 participants from diverse backgrounds will undertake the 12 month course to gain skills in fashion, cosmetics and jewellery and watch sales.
With the priority being women who have had to interrupt their careers for various reasons, the participants in the first edition will be exempt from tuition fees and will receive a living allowance during training.
Following course completion participants will be given the opportunity to work as client advisors at one of the 12 LVMH maisons, including Christian Dior Couture, Fendi, Celine and Louis Vuitton.
THE WHY? The course is said to be designed to get women back into work and support career development.
Norbert Leuret, President and CEO of LVMH Japan, said, “At LVMH, we have always been, and even more so today, very passionate about enabling women to pursue successful professional careers, combined with a healthy work/life balance. Facilitating the return to work for women after an extended leave is thus a priority.
“At the same time, we constantly want to have new talents in our boutiques, and we want to promote knowledge of our industry among motivated people. Our goal is to keep contributing to Japanese society in general, and to develop the professional itineraries of women, for the benefit of everyone.”