Emma, ​​apprentice at the Laboratoire OptimHal-ProtecSom has received the regional medal of the contest “Un des Meilleurs Apprentis de France”

Emma Blondel obtained, Sunday, June 2, 2019, the departmental and regional gold medal of the contest “Un des Meilleurs Apprentis de France” in the ready-to-wear category.



This competition, organized by the “Société Nationale des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France”, is intended for young people under 21 years in initial training or apprenticeship contract, represents the excellence of know-how in more than 200 trades.


A prestigious award that recognizes the motivation, investment and work quality of Emma, ​​a young apprentice in the Laboratoire OptimHal-ProtecSom. And it’s not over ! With this victory Emma will extend the pleasure by participating in the national contest.


Back on her story and passion for fashion :


How was born your passion for fashion and couture ?

Emma: “Already a little girl, I had fun customizing the clothes of my Barbies. It really was a trigger and that’s how I showed an interest in the fashion business.”


Then Emma decided to choose a training in connection with her passion: A bachelor’s degree “Métiers de la Mode Vêtement” at the Thomas Pesquet high school in Coutances. She is doing her alternating training in the Laboratoire OptimHal-ProtecSom which has provided this young apprentice an environment conducive to the success of its various projects.

Soon the end of your apprenticeship, do you already know which business of fashion will you lead to ?

Emma: “During my second year of training, I participated in my first competition: Fashion in Normandy. I realized the technical part of a garment, research part before its conception (choice of the tissues, range of assembly…). This first contest allowed me to consolidate my professional project : to work in a design office and method, to be the link between production and offices. “

What were your motivations to participate in the contest “Un des Meilleurs Apprentis de France” ?

Emma: “I was supported and encouraged by my professors and colleagues from the  Laboratoire OptimHal-ProtecSom”.

Tell us how the contest “Un des Meilleurs Apprentis de France” was occured !

Emma : “We had the choice between 3 projects : ready-to-wear, fuzzy clothes or tailor. I preferred the ready-to-wear theme in which we had to make a dress, subject to specials requirements. For 3 months, I designed step by step the dress and its technical file.”

You received the gold medal, what does it mean for you ?

Emma : “This medal is very rewarding for my work. I hope this award will help me in my future career.”

Speaking of future, what do you do after your bachelor’s degree ?

Emma : “After graduating, there are many ways to consider the futur : look for work or go to school. I decided to carry on my studies by integrating a “BTS Métier de la Mode” to get more skills that will allow me to integrate a design office and method.


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