Meta and Simplon.co open the Metaverse Academy in Nice to train talent for the jobs of tomorrow | About Meta

Meta announces the opening in Nice of the Metaverse Academy, a free and inclusive school entirely dedicated to metaverse, in partnership with Simplon.co, a social and solidarity-based digital training company, the Nice-Côte d’Azur Metropolis and the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. With this initiative, Meta wants to support job creation and training for new professions related to the metaverse in the South region, which has a flourishing digital ecosystem.

Located in the heart of the Center Européen d’Entreprises et d’Innovation (CEEI) in Nice, the largest incubator for start-ups on the Côte d’Azur, the Nice metaverse Academy will open its doors from December 5, 2022. Students will benefit from a first phase of individual intensive training session of 3 to 4 monthsfollowed by a second phase 15 to 16 months on a work-study program within local partner companies of the school. A dozen companies have already committed to recruiting a work-study student at the end of the training program, including Accenture, Virteem and Tequilarapido.

The training will be dedicated to learning the profession of designer developer specialized in immersive technologies (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and metaversewhich is on the list of emerging professions identified by France Skills and considered to be under pressure on the job market.

For this first class in Nice, around twenty students are expected. This is the second school in the South region, with Marseilles which is also scheduled to open on December 5. Further openings are planned in Paris and Lyon in the coming weeks. A total of one hundred students will take part in this first pilot year. Other cities and formations may follow.

This program, accessible to all, aims to respond to companies’ demand for skills and emerging professions related to metaverses, but also to ensure that people from diverse backgrounds can take advantage of these professional opportunities. It will be based on all the technologies, equipment and software on the market and will aim for official certifications.

For Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, Deputy President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region : “I am extremely proud that Meta has chosen Nice for the establishment of its Metavers Academy. That proves that Since 2008, Nice has become a modern and economically dynamic city that offers an incomparable quality of life, jobs and high-performance services in terms of mobility, leisure and culture. Our commitment to innovation in all its forms has enabled us to become an attractive territory forcompanies, start-ups and schools of higher education, such as Simplon.co, ISART, Ecole 42, Centrale or the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts which will train the talents of tomorrow here. The opening of the Metavers Academy in Nice will allow young people to train in the immersive technologies that will configure the metaverses. »

For Laurent Solly, Vice-President Southern Europe of Meta : “We are proud to join forces with the Région Sud, the Nice-Côte d’Azur Metropolis and Simplon to lay the first brick of the Metavers Academy in Nice, which enjoys a flourishing digital ecosystem. It’s a first step that will make it possible to anticipate the acceleration of uses and to train the future builders of the metaverse. We want to participate in the creation of a collective and inclusive metaverse, creating sustainable jobs for the entire digital ecosystem.”

For Véronique Saubot, CEO of Simplon.co “Immersive technologies have long been identified as powerful levers in pedagogy. Today, these are also skills and professions in tension for multiple uses affecting several sectors of activity and types of companies. Simplon.co is therefore pleased with this structuring partnership which will allow people who are far from employment and in retraining to benefit from new professional opportunities, and to open up the world of metaverse professionals to women and to atypical profiles or from the diversity.”

About Meta:

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp have empowered billions of people around the world. Today, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens and into immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution of social technology.

About Simplon.co:

A social and solidarity-based company, Simplon.co offers, thanks to its network of 130 schools in France and abroad in 25 countries (Europe, Middle East, Africa), inclusive and free training in digital skills and technical jobs for job seekers but also to employees (campus Corp) and individuals (campus Workforce). Since 2013, Simplon has trained and integrated more than 20,000 people through digital skills or in digital professions, including 50% of people with little or no qualifications (Bac or below-Bac), 45% women, 20% refugees and 10% of people with disabilities.

About the Region:

Access to knowledge and training is essential to build the future of young people in the area. Supporting them in the construction of their professional projects is a priority for the Region

Sud, which gives itself the means for this ambition. This is in particular the reason why it has been supporting Simplon since 2020, in order to develop innovative projects in the field of vocational training. For this specific Metaverse Academy project, the Region is supporting the implementation of this experiment, within the framework of the Training Innovation Fund (FIF), for an amount of more than €350,000. In addition, she will be able to count among the learners of the Academy, an agent of the Region who will be trained in the challenges and opportunities of the metaverse.

About the Nice-Côte d’Azur Metropolis:

In less than 10 years, the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis has undergone a profound change. An essential tourist destination, it is today one of the most innovative and dynamic economic territories on a national and even European scale. The Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis, a territory that is both Mediterranean and Alpine, European and cosmopolitan, with unique architecture and landscapes, also offers an attractive living and working environment with an international airport directly linked to more of 120 destinations worldwide. Characteristic features recognized worldwide, especially since the City obtained its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nice is more than ever an attractive territory, conducive to business but also an innovative ecosystem where public and private players work closely together to create jobs, protect the environment and build the territory of tomorrow. The Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis works with an ecosystem of start-ups and innovation players which is growing daily, in particular through prestigious training schools recently welcomed to the territory.

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