Tech giantFacebook has begun testing a program to give engineers apprenticeships in virtual reality, in an attempt to lure young engineers to the country.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that the company has begun recruiting engineering apprentices to its VRWorks program in Victoria, in partnership with the Australian Virtual Reality Development Association (AVRDIA).
This is part of a broader effort by Facebook to help fill a talent gap in the country, according to the spokesperson, who did not want to be named because the company had not disclosed any of the specifics of the program.
“We are recruiting engineering graduates to our Virtual Reality Workforce Program,” the spokesperson said.
“We are investing $10 million to help recruit and develop engineers in VRWorks and we are recruiting engineers to create virtual reality content for the Australian market.”
Facebook also announced earlier this month that it had launched an ambitious VRWorks training program for engineering professionals in the United Kingdom.
“This program is designed to help those who want to pursue an engineering career move up the ranks in their field,” the company said in a statement.
“It is a unique opportunity for young engineers, as they can access a wide range of training opportunities in virtual environments, from the highly technical to the more casual.”
The announcement came a day after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a program aimed at boosting the country’s engineering talent, called the Engineering Mentor Program.
It will be rolled out across Australia over the coming months, with students and graduates getting training in virtual simulations and working on projects at Facebook’s offices in Melbourne and Sydney.
In addition to a $10,000 funding goal for the program, Zuckerberg has also announced a $1 million program to help the industry “build and support more of these skills.”
Facebook is currently one of the world’s largest technology companies, with more than 1 billion users and a presence in more than 200 countries.
Facebook’s Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has sold out within minutes of its launch in October.