Maroquinerie and disability, a creative and values business

Leather goods is an art about leather work for bags, wallets, belts, or jewelry. The craftsmen of this sector have the experience and know-how that make the reputation of French fashion. Leather goods companies, for the most part, are beginning their ecological and social transition. This transition is taking place not only thanks to the methods and materials used, but also in inclusive recruitment. Inclusive recruitment that helps to integrate people with disabilities into these companies. At the end of September, the APF France Handicap launched a call for applications in partnership with La Caserne to integrate the “Maroquinerie” programme.

Promoting inclusion in the leather goods sector through accompaniment

Thanks to this program, the 15 designers in leather goods benefit from the accompaniment of the accelerator La Caserne. The objectives of this support are to promote the ecological and social transition of their company. This applies mainly to the recruitment of employees with disabilities within companies. Their talent and know-how, put forward by La Caserne and APF France Handicap, support the activity of craftsmen. The Leather, Luxury, Textile and Crafts sector employs more than 10,000 people and more than 2,611 artisans in New Aquitaine. This is a traditional sector that has an important role at the regional level. 554 companies in the region work on leather and recruit 3900 employees, which shows the dynamism of craftsmanship. Thus, leather crafts and leather goods are sectors that recruit and are engines of employment.

These sectors, like many others, have suffered from COVID-19. As a result of the containment, the companies were unable to operate for several months. A shortfall for their economy, but also a blow to jobs. Partial unemployment procedures and the closure of local small businesses make recovery difficult. Thus, through this program initiated by APF France Handicap and La Caserne, companies can recruit new employees with disabilities. This initiative is an excellent way to promote inclusion, particularly to boost employment for people with disabilities. For companies with more than 20 employees, a minimum of 6% of the workforce must represent these employees. While some companies are betting on hiring people with disabilities exclusively, other sectors are having difficulty recruiting. This is particularly the case with leather goods, which requires advanced knowledge and special training.

Leather glove and satchel
Leatherwork in leather goods is an art

Values and a passion for creation, in the service of employment

Leather goods is above all a creative and art business, which requires an important know-how. The work of leather and its derivatives requires a technique specific to craftsmanship. In order to continue this know-how, companies are often passed down from generation to generation, retaining manual work. An art and a mastery that make the reputation of French crafts. Thus, crafts offer jobs and opportunities to seize. Many craftsmen are self-employed, self-employed. For them, COVID-19 is hitting their business, curbing the sale of bags and leather goods. This difficult period has an economic impact on this activity, and the creators want to restart their business quickly. That is why this sector recruits, and wants to turn into a social transition.

Crafts play a prominent role in the reputation of French-style companies and know-how. As a driver of employment, crafts recruits and is present in the Neo-Aquitaine environment. Thanks to the recruitment of employees with disabilities, leather goods ensures the transmission of knowledge and a relaunch of the activity. Welcome support after difficult months for the activity of this sector.

Sources:

Press release – APF France Handicap and La Caserne

Company New Aquitaine – Leather, luxury, textile and crafts

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