Issy-les-Moulineaux, June 1, 2022 – After the first two promotions deployed in Aulnay-sous-Bois (Île-de-France) and Castelnau-le-Lez (Occitanie), Microsoft France and its historic partner Simplon are inaugurating today today the first Microsoft Cloud School by Simplon in Lyon, Cloud Administrator course. With the support of the region and Pôle emploi Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the project brought together 9 partner companies – Devoteam, Exakis, Expertime, Hardis, Inetum, SCC, Squadra, TeamWork, Visiativ – alongside Microsoft, to support the digital transformation of the region thanks to the training of 19 learners.
“We are proud to open a new Microsoft Cloud School by Simplon in Lyon, to meet the recruitment needs of the digital sector and the need for a greater diversity of profiles, a source of wealth for companies. After the IA and Business Applications Schools, this Cloud School confirms Microsoft’s contribution to the digital ecosystem of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region thanks to the support of our partners.” Corine de Bilbao, President of Microsoft France.
A new path specific to the Cloud
Microsoft has been committed for several years to equal opportunity and better access to digital. Deployed in 2020, the Microsoft Cloud School by Simplon offers to follow, during 18 monthsfree training for trainees in the job of Cloud Developer or Cloud Administrator.
Accessible without diploma conditions or technical prerequisites to promote equal opportunities, the training, agnostic, prepares learners to use all the technologies present on the market. In addition, the passage of Microsoft certifications, recognized on cloud technologies, is integrated directly into the courses in order to meet the demand of companies.
In Lyon, the school is made up of 19 learners, including 20% women. 60% of them have a BAC or infra-BAC level and the average age is 28 years old. This first promotion from Lyon will follow the Cloud Administrator coursethe 2th most sought-after job in the digital sector in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, according to the LinkedIn and Indeed platform observatory. The profiles are very varied such as that of:
- Camille De Sousa38 years old, who wishes to retrain in the digital professions after 20 years of professional experience as an administrative assistant and when she stopped her studies after the Bac. Or that of:
- Siefeleslam Khalifa28, arrived in France 4 years ago and holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Psychology, wishing to continue training as a Cloud administrator after a first job as a computer systems and network technician.
The training will take place over a period of 6 months of intensive courses followed by 12 months of work-studyin the partner companies that support the program: Devoteam, Exakis Nelite, Expertime, Hardis, Inetum, SCC, Squadra, TeamWork, Visiativ and allows obtaining a RNCP title “DevOps System Administrator” level 6 from the Ministry of Labor.
The Microsoft by Simplon Cloud Schools initiative is based on the mobilization of many stakeholders: Pôle emploi for the identification of candidates, the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region and OPCO which co-finance the program as well as the ecosystem of partner companies which welcome apprentices on a work-study basis. All these players come together around common values where innovation rhymes with diversity and inclusion.
“Pôle emploi has been collaborating closely and fruitfully with Simplon for 6 years in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in particular via support for the sourcing of job seekers for entry into training. For this Cloud School, 2,000 young people from the city were contacted, including people without a diploma. Pôle emploi participates in the financing of training by covering the salaries of trainees. A Pôle emploi adviser is now a dedicated referent for the action carried out by Simplon. It accompanies the applicants on their situation (remuneration, financial aid) and to prepare their return to employment. » Jacques-Alex Dorliat, Deputy Regional Director in charge of operations, Pôle emploi Auvergne Rhône Alpes.
After Aulnay-Sous-Bois, Calstelnau-Le-Lez and Lyon, seven projects to open Microsoft Cloud Schools by Simplon are part of the 2022 roadmap.
Three schools launched in three years in Lyon: IA, Business Apps and Cloud
The Microsoft Cloud School by Simplon is part of an approach committed to 2019 with the launch of the first promotion of theMicrosoft AI School by Simplon in Lyon ; since then, 3 promotions have succeeded, forming 45 learners in the profession of artificial intelligence developer. We measure 75% positive outputs (continuation of studies, CDI, CDD and business creation) to +6 months for the first promotion.
“Simplon, alongside Microsoft, is once again taking up the skills challenge by training job seekers of all ages and with a wide variety of backgrounds, in emerging, innovative and under pressure professions. After AI, we are developing new training courses for Cloud professions, always in partnership with the Region and the companies that trust us in the territories. We are delighted that companies in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region are also ready to take up this challenge with us and hire our learners! » Frédéric Bardeau, Co-founder and President Simplon.
In 2021 with its partners WebForce3 and Social Builder, Microsoft launched in Lyon theSchool Business Applicationswith training dedicated to the development and mastery of business applications, accessible to job seekers with a BAC+2 level on a training schedule of 18 months including a year of work-study in partner companies.
Supporting the feminization of digital professions
In parallel with the training, Microsoft also wanted to confirm its commitment to the feminization of digital professions by supporting the SAS Hackers in Lyon : this prequalification program is operated by Simplon and intended for women to enable them to prepare for their entry into the next promotion of the IA School.
Of a period of 6 to 7 weeksthe SAS, which just ended this 1er June, is positioned upstream of the professional training course to enable women to discover the career opportunities offered by digital technology. Launched this year in 4 cities (Issy-les-Moulineaux, Toulouse, Lyon and Bordeaux), it will support participants in defining their professional project by introducing them to a first programming language and offering them mentoring with professionals from the digital.
To learn more about Microsoft Cloud Schools by Simplon, go HERE
And for more information on Microsoft’s ambitions for employment, visit the Microsoft France website.
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