Meta and Simplon.co open Metaverse Academy in Nice to train talent for tomorrow’s jobs

Meta announces the opening in Nice of the Metaverse Academy, a free and inclusive school entirely dedicated to the metaverse, in partnership with Simplon.co, a social and solidarity-based digital training company, Metropolis Nice-Côte d’Azur and Provence-Alpes Region- Côte d’Azur. 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 thriving digital ecosystem.

Located in the heart of the Center Européen d’Entreprises et d’Innovation (CEEI) in Nice, the largest incubator for startups on the Côte d’Azur, the Metaverse Academy Nice will open its doors. from December 5, 2022. Students will benefit from a first phase of intensive individual training session of 3 to 4 monthsfollowed by a second phase 15 to 16 months in a work-study program within the school’s local partner companies. 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 developer designer specializing in immersive (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and metaverse technologieswhich is on the list of new professions identified by France Skills and considered to be under pressure in the labor market.

About twenty students are expected for this first class in Nice. This is the second school in the southern region, with Marseille which is also scheduled to open on December 5. Other openings are planned in Paris and Lyon in the coming weeks. A total of one hundred students will participate in this first pilot year. Other cities and formations may follow.

This program, accessible to all, aims to respond to companies’ demand for new skills and professions related to the metaverse, but also to ensure that people from different backgrounds can benefit from these professional opportunities. It will be based on all technologies, devices and software in the market and will target official certifications.

ABOUT Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Metropolis of Nice Côte d’Azur, Vice 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. This proves it Since 2008, Nice has become a modern and economically dynamic city offering an unrivaled quality of life, work 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 higher education schools, such as Simplon.co, ISART, Ecole 42, Centrale or the National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts that will train the talents of tomorrow here. The opening of the Metaverse Academy in Nice will allow young people to be trained in the immersive technologies that will configure the metaverse. »

ABOUT Laurent Solly, Vice-President of Meta in Southern Europe : “We are proud to join forces with Région Sud, Metropolis Nice-Côte d’Azur and Simplon to lay the first brick of the Metavers Academy in Nice, which enjoys a thriving digital ecosystem. It is the first step that will make it possible to predict the acceleration of use and 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.”

ABOUT 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. Therefore, Simplon.co is pleased with this structural partnership, which will allow people who are far from employment and retraining to benefit from new professional opportunities and open the world of metaverse professionals to women and atypical profiles or from 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, the Middle East, Africa), comprehensive and free training in digital skills and technical work for job seekers , but also for employees (campus Corp) and individuals (campus Workforce). Since 2013, Simplon has trained and integrated more than 20,000 people through digital skills or into digital professions, including 50% people with few or no qualifications (Bac or sub-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. Their support in building their professional projects is a priority for the Region

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

About Nice-Côte d’Azur Metropolis:

In less than 10 years, the Metropolis of Nice Côte d’Azur 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. Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur, 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 connected to more than 120 destinations worldwide . Characteristic features known around the world, especially after the city received its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Nice is more than ever an attractive, business-friendly territory, 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. Metropolis Nice Côte d’Azur works with an ecosystem of start-ups and innovation players, which is growing every day, especially through the prestigious training schools recently welcomed in the territory.

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