In collaboration with the social and solidarity company Simplon.co, the American giant will offer free training to twenty students. After Marseille, identical schools will open in Nice, Paris and Lyon.
In June, Meta announced the launch of an academy to train in metaverse professions in France. This free school is present in four cities and will open first in Marseille, as indicated by the company in a press release. It has joined forces with Simplon.co, a social and solidarity digital training company, and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, which has allocated 350,000 euros for the creation of the academy. It will open its doors on 5 December in the city of Marseille and will welcome around twenty students.
Training for an emerging profession
The latter will be trained in the profession of “designer developer specialized in immersive technologies and metaverse”. Meta and its partners have chosen this profession because it is one of the emerging professions identified by the public institution France Competences, which is considered to be under pressure in the labor market.. “immersive technologies have long been seen as powerful levers in pedagogy. Today, these are also skills and occupations that are under stress for multiple use, impacting different sectors of activity and types of businesses.explains Véronique Saubot, CEO of Simplon.co.
After an initial intensive training session of 3 to 4 months, students continue their work-learning journey at local companies, such as Wixar, Abim and Cross the Age, for a period of 15 to 16 months.
An inclusive academy
In the weeks following the opening of the school in Marseille, identical academies open in Nice, Paris and Lyon, each welcoming about twenty students. For this first pilot year, about a hundred students will follow a course. Meta also indicates that her academy could be launched in other cities later and that other training courses will be offered.
With this program, the American giant hopes to respond to corporate demand for emerging companies and professions related to the metaverse. The goal is also to offer an inclusive school. Simplon.co believes that this collaboration “will enable people who are unemployed and retraining to take advantage of new professional opportunities, opening up the world of professionals in the metaverse to women and atypical profiles or people with diversity”as Véronique Saubot points out.