French business school launches academy for camping sector

New training centre hopes to boost the economy of a leading holiday area

February 2, 2018
Source: istock
The French camping industry now has its own academy, with teaching provided by a business school

Montpellier Business School has joined forces with a major employer to create the first “academy” solely devoted to the needs of the camping holiday industry.

The new in-house training centre, launched in partnership with Vacalians, the European leader in the camping market with more than 2,000 staff, will have an annual budget of €1 million (£875,000).

It will enrol 500 students in 2018 and has a target to take on 1,500 students by 2020. From 2019, it will be open to external candidates for work-based training and apprenticeship programmes.

Teaching will be provided by research professors from the business school as well as by professionals from Vacalians, using a blended combination of classroom training, e-learning and videos. It is hoped that the Vacalians Academy will also provide a major boost to the economy of the Occitania region, France’s leading camping destination.

matthew.reisz@timeshighereducation.com

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