Orange is to invest over €1.5bn (£1.25bn) in a company-wide skills development and retraining programme with the aim of enhancing and updating the skills of its 148,000 employees and attracting new talent.
To strengthen its tech expertise, the telecoms giant intends to develop over 20,000 experts in network virtualisation, cloud, data, artificial intelligence, code and cybersecurity.
There will also be a drive to develop the use and understanding of data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity across all business lines, particularly in marketing and network management teams.
And Orange plans to offer ‘soft skills’ training to all employees to help boost collaboration across the company.
This training will be delivered through an expanded Orange Campus, open to all employees and focusing on data/AI, cybersecurity, management and soft skills, as well as on-the-job training and a new Apprentice Training Centre due to launch this summer.
The Apprentice Training Centre will be open to young people in initial education and people looking to retrain, offering them the chance to become customer service technicians, cloud engineers, cybersecurity engineers and technicians or data analysts.
“It is important for us to confirm our commitment, as a leading and responsible player, to providing further training in digital professions for all our employees and offering additional development and support,” commented Valérie Le Boulanger, Orange Group executive director of Human Resources.
“We believe that Orange’s sustainable transformation will depend on each and everyone’s ability to learn in new ways and to share their knowledge and expertise, and that the combination of technical and soft skills is one of the keys to our future success.”
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