The number of fashion graduates each year continues to increase, leading to supply exceeding demand. But luxury fashion houses still have to work hard to find new employees, why?
2000 vacancies at lvmh high fashion is in need of personnel
If you have an interest in fashion but most importantly a passion for craftsmanship , the world’s largest couture group LVMH is welcoming you with open arms. According to a report by WWD and Chantal Gaemoerle – Executive Vice President of Human Resources at LVMH, the group is facing one of the biggest shortages of skilled workers ever.
“THIS YEAR WE HAVE A RECORD NUMBER OF VACANCIES. THESE 2000 SLOTS NEED TO BE FILLED BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THE YEAR, INCLUDING LEATHERWORKERS, JEWELERS, SALES STAFF AS WELL AS CUSTOMER SERVICE STAFF. IN THE NEAR FUTURE, BY 2024, THIS NUMBER WILL INCREASE TO 30,000,” MS. GAEMOERLE SAID.
In addition, in order to discover young talents, Alexandre Boquel – Head of Development of LVMH Métiers d’Excellence has implemented an extremely large-scale recruitment plan. With 5 cities in France and training programs across France, the target of this recruitment is 1600 students under the age of 14. “A frantic year with only one obsession: passing on techniques tradition and hard skills in the fashion industry,” said Boquel.
Looking at the facts, the high fashion industry is always attractive in the eyes of young people and attracts a large number of students each year. However, most only dream of being in creative positions such as designer or Creative Director, rather than practical jobs in the garment industry. “According to statistics, of the total number of employees working in the fashion industry, only 10% have graduated from the Faculty of Fashion Design ,” Kozlowski of the CFDA Education Bureau told Business of Fashion.
A prime example of this growing problem is that the US market must create 1,700 fashion design jobs to “feed” the number of graduates. However, the number of slots is decreasing day by day. The same is happening in the UK , home to the most prestigious Fashion Academies in the world. It is a sad fact that here, only 1 in 7 graduates of the Faculty of Fashion Design becomes a designer. The rest all work in retail, marketing or management.
Looking back at Vietnam, we are also faced with the fact that the majority of training institutions in the country only teach design and completely ignore other aspects of the industry. As a corollary, high-end products of domestic brands often “fail” at the processing stage to realize the most delicate drawings. Not only that, the Vietnamese fashion industry also lacks a professional management team, well-trained and capable of planning a “step-by-step path” for sustainable development and then gradually reaching out to the world.
Savoir-faire is inherently the soul of high fashion. Old fashion houses have always placed very high demands on each of their tailors, or rather, artisans. Meanwhile, Gen Z seems to only crave creativity and increasingly “shuns” jobs that require dexterity of the hands . This situation occurs not only in fashion but also in all fields from economy, agriculture to industry. In the end, it is the skilled craftsmen who really enjoy the applause after every Haute Couture show . Most of them are from France or Italy and are quite old.
“The fact that educational institutions are gradually transforming themselves into a product of capital has led to a ‘discrimination’ against these jobs. This is a pity. I still worry about young people who choose to stay at home for many years just because they want to pursue their dream career, a career from which there is no way out ,” Marine Miller wrote for Le Monde. In the face of labor-exploiting internships, meager wages and fierce competition in all creative fields, pursuing a dream fashion job is becoming more difficult than ever.
To improve the situation, LVMH plans to increase enrollment at the group’s Institut Métiers d’Excellence, which has trained around 1,400 students from France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany and Japan. from 2014. This fall, Métiers d’Excellence will host 450 students, expanding to the United States for the first time, the capital of Tiffany & Co. Anyone with a dream to work in the fashion industry should think twice before spending tens of thousands of Euros on tuition fees in a field that could completely lead to unemployment.
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