Meta opens its own talent factory in Europe. In France you will soon be able to learn how to build the Metaverse.
Meta will open a “Metaverse Academy” in France next academic year. Students are prepared there for the technological requirements that the Metaverse will place on developers in the field of augmented reality and virtual reality in the coming years.
Free year for Metaverse students
Meta wants to teach students for free in their first year. 100 students must be able to register for the courses “Immersive Technology Developers and Support” and “Assistance Technicians”.
Classes take place on location in several French cities, including Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nice. Each of these locations must accommodate twenty students per year.
Meta wants to keep the field of participants as diverse as possible and states that the goal for the first year of study is at least 30 percent female students. At the same time, any form of positive discrimination must be avoided.
Metaverse-Uni: Collaboration with solidarity digital company
In addition to Meta, the French company Simplon is also involved in the Metaverse Academy. Since 2013, Simplon has been training people with few or no qualifications, among other things to enable them to enter technical and digital professions. In addition to digital basics, Simplon also offers courses in cybersecurity or the development of artificial intelligence.
According to Simplon boss Frederic Bardeau, the specific use of the Metaverse is irrelevant for now, as it is not yet clear what these worlds will look like. The future developers and support engineers for Meta’s immersive technologies will instead be trained in projects aimed at creating 3D worlds and interactions in virtual universes.
Meta wants to establish itself in Europe
The introduction of its own training facility fits into Meta’s investment plans for the EU area. Facebook’s parent company wants to create 10,000 new jobs in Europe to help build the Metaverse.
According to Meta’s global head of PR, Nick Clegg, finding highly specialized engineers is one of Meta’s top priorities. Europe is of huge importance to Meta: “This investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European tech industry and the potential of European tech talent,” Clegg writes on Meta’s company blog.
At the same time, Meta is also likely to pursue political plans with its European expansion. You can read more about why Meta is creating 10,000 jobs in Europe in the linked article.