Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, will start a private Metaverse Academy in France with a digital training organization. Training must be completed before the start of the new school year.
“The goal in the first year is to train approximately one hundred students for free in two positions, specialist technology developers and support technicians,” said Laurent Solly, Meta Vice President for Southern Europe.
A metaverse refers to a digital world with the goal of simulating real life through augmented or virtual reality. The worldwide transformation of the web from 2D to 3D is seen as one of the most important and major technological developments.
30% of women
“The personalized teaching method revolves around projects that focus on the three-dimensional world and interactions in virtual worlds,” Frederic Pardo added. He is the co-founder and CEO of the French company Simplon which is involved with Meta.
The Metaverse Academy – which has locations in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nice, among others – will train twenty students in each city each year. Diversity will be given special attention. According to Sully, the goal is for women to be 30 percent of the first batch.
10,000 jobs in Europe
In October 2021, Meta said it plans to create about 10,000 jobs in Europe over five years to build the metaverse. It appears that “skills that are in demand by employers will be closely related to metaverses in the future”.
According to Meta and Simplon, 80 percent of the jobs that will be there by 2030 have yet to be invented. In their view, this confirms the need to develop training programs now.
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