Simplon, the school that trains in digital professions, and Meta, the parent company of Facebook will open a school in France in the 2022 school year, announced the two organizations jointly in a press release.
The "metaverse", a digital realm that is being viewed by digital giants as the next technological breakthrough in the evolution and development of the Internet, refers to an immersive digital universe. It's supposed to expand physical reality via augmented reality or virtual reality, and take the web from 2D into 3D.
Laurent Solly, vice president of Southern Europe of Meta, stated that the future school would be "free, territorial and innovative" and will focus on "employability."
"Our goal is to train about a hundred students in the first year of two careers in the metaverse. He added that the first was a developer who specializes in immersive technologies and the second was a support/assistance technician.
"The pedagogy will not be centered on the use and interpretation of the metaverse. It is something that remains somewhat vague." Frederic Bardeau (co-founder and president) of Simplon said that we will only be interested 3D and interactivity in universes.
This "metaverse academy", which is present in Paris, Lyon Marseille, Nice and Marseille, aims to train 20 students per city, per class and with a special focus on diversity and the role of women. Laurent Solly explained that they are seeking people from all walks of life and that the goal is to have 30% women in their first class.
Frederic Bardeau, for his part, stated that "We assume the positive discrimination and "diversity", but we don't look at CVs."
Meta, an American company, announced in October 2021 that it would create 10,000 jobs in Europe within the next five year to build the metaverse. This is a new strategic priority. This ambition should allow companies to be able to meet future demands for skills and trades in the metaverse.
The partners emphasized that "80%" of the professions of 2030 are still unknown, and it was now that they had to invent them.