LIVE Expands Fifth Campus Opens in Reims, Supporting 550+

In a ceremony graced by the presence of notable figures including French First Lady Brigitte Macron, Minister for Labour, Health and Solidarities Catherine Vautrin, French interministerial delegate for the fight against racism, antisemitism and anti-LGBT hatred Olivier Klein, Mayor of Reims Arnaud Robinet, CEO of LVMH Bernard Arnault, LVMH Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Synergies Chantal Gaemperle, and CEO of Moët Hennessy Philippe Schaus, the inauguration of the new REIMS campus of LIVE – L’Institut des Vocations pour l’Emploi – marked a significant expansion of the program’s reach in France. Nestled in the Champagne region, this new campus holds special significance for LVMH, being the birthplace of many Group Maisons and embodying a commitment to equal opportunities and inclusion, reflecting the Group’s human resources ethos.

Established by Brigitte Macron in partnership with LVMH in 2019, LIVE campuses serve as havens for adults aged 25 and above seeking to embark on vocational pursuits following extended periods of unemployment or personal challenges. The institute provides crucial support to facilitate their reintegration into the workforce.

At the helm of the LIVE educational initiative is a committee comprising distinguished experts in employment, education, and equal opportunities. The program not only consolidates participants’ existing knowledge but also equips them with new skills, fostering a renewed sense of confidence and capability. Operating as a non-profit organization, the association is led by Brigitte Macron as Chairperson, with Olivier Théophile, Director of Social Responsibility at LVMH, serving as Managing Director.

The addition of the Reims campus brings the total count of LIVE campuses to five, complementing existing locations in Clichy-sous-Bois (Greater Paris), Valence (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), Roubaix (Hauts-de-France), and Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur). Each campus conducts two classes per year, accommodating 50 to 60 individuals per class for an 18-week course, provided free of charge. Collaborating closely with local organizations specializing in inclusion and employment, these campuses offer a holistic solution while synergizing with established frameworks.

Since the inception of the first LIVE campus, over 1,400 individuals have received assistance, with an impressive 80% successfully realizing their aspirations by securing employment or pursuing further training. With the Reims campus now operational, LIVE stands ready to welcome over 550 individuals annually, reaffirming its commitment to empowering individuals and fostering socioeconomic mobility.