LVMH Watch & Jewellery UK has teamed up with the Birmingham City University to offer horology students mentoring and work placements.
Students on the university’s BA (hons) Horology degree course within The School of Jewellery will be given the opportunity to work with LVMH watch brands including TAG Heuer, Zenith and Bulgari through the scheme.
Such access will give them practical experience of working in a commercial watch environment and the chance to build up technical skills outside of the classroom.
LVMH Watch & Jewellery UK managing director Rob Diver said: "We are delighted to welcome the students from Birmingham City University. It is getting harder to find skilled workers and there are very few professional training institutes in the UK. With this program we hope to nurture watchmaking skills, cultivate a passion for craftsmanship and develop business experiences to support the students’ careers.”
The School of Jewellery head of horology Jeremy Hobbins said that the partnership with LVMH Watch & Jewellery UK will create "wonderful opportunities for our students to engage with, and experience, the professional watch servicing environment of a significant horological brand".
He added: "This is a significant collaboration with a well-respected organisation and we look forward to developing the relationship further to ensure maximum benefit to both LVMH Watch & Jewellery UK and The School of Jewellery horology students."