Meta has announced a partnership with the French digital transformation company, Simplon.co, to create the first academies focused on the metaverse in four of the country’s major cities, the goal being to train young people for new professions related to this type of technology.
After the summer in Europe, when the next course starts, Meta and Simplon.co will open Metaverse Academies in Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Nice with free courses dedicated to the metaverse and immersive technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality.
In this first pilot year, there will be about 20 students per center, who will start with an intensive individual training course of 3 to 6 months.
Then, in the second phase of the program, the nearly 100 students will spend the next 12 to 18 months studying and working in companies that collaborate with the school. These courses are focused on two new professions:
- That of designer-developer specializing in immersive and metaverse technologies.
- That of support/assistance technician.
Metaverse Academy is a first step that will help anticipate the acceleration of uses and train the future builders of the metaverse. We want to participate in the creation of a collective metaverse, creating sustainable jobs for the entire digital ecosystem.” Explains Laurent Solly, Vice President Southern Europe at Meta.
However, Frederic Bardeau assured that he would not look at applicants’ resumes and would endorse other merits.
Meta and Simplon believe that 80% of the careers expected by 2030 have not yet been invented, hence the need to develop training schemes in the metaverse.
Although this program is not only special because it aims to educate new generations for jobs of the future, but the other objective is that people from diverse backgrounds and social situations can apply and enter this program.
To this end, the Metaverse Academy is free of charge and due to Simplon.co’s work with French society, it aims to be much more inclusive than it has been so far in the technology sector.
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