The Sector Skills Alliance ‘CHAISE’ has released its European Blockchain Skills Strategy & Action Plan. This strategy is a key achievement of the CHAISE project, which has received funding under the Erasmus+ Programme to deliver Blockchain Skills for Europe, uphold the EU at the forefront of blockchain innovation and to further increase the attractiveness of the sector.
The strategy builds on more than one year of extensive research on the blockchain labour market and on a skills needs and supply analysis carried out by the CHAISE partnership. The previous CHAISE publications point out the mismatch between the demand for blockchain-skilled employees and the current supply. This is mostly due to a disconnection between the labour market and blockchain educational and training activities, as well as to a low awareness of this emerging technology.
Against this background, the CHAISE European Blockchain Skills Strategy aims to provide a coordinated and practicable approach to respond to the current and future blockchain skills needs and deliver training solutions that meet the needs of the 21st century.
CHAISE’s 5-Point Strategy
The strategy, which has been refined following consultation with EU and national sectoral stakeholders, is articulated around five strategic objectives:
1. Launching a consistent message of blockchain educational needs and monitoring of the labour market;
This phase includes monitoring and evaluation of the blockchain labour market needs that will be summarised every six months and the creation and maintenance of a common Blockchain job database.
2. Creating a common European blockchain learning and knowledge-building platform; Strategy 2 includes the creation of a blockchain curriculum and theoretical learning content in compliance with the principles and strategies outlined in their report, along with the creation of online degree programs (MOOCs) This also includes the creation of an ambassadorship programme where past students create capstone projects and assist current and future students. All projects created under these conditions will be freely available to anyone.
3. Enhancing collaboration and knowledge transfer from business to academia; European institutions will assist this step by announcing calls for various blockchain projects.
CHAISE are aiming to boost the continuous effort of government agencies like DG CONNECT to support new blockchain projects and promote the European Commission’s commitment to digital innovation in Europe.
This effort will be supported by additional efforts to involve academia through collaboration with businesses and universities.
4. Bringing blockchain to everyone;
Disseminating educational blockchain materials and guidelines will be done through flyers, TV ads, YouTube videos, and more. The organisations responsible for this will act as PR companies. A further action is the creation of “blockchain embassies”, which would be based on initiatives providing free consultations for both individuals and enterprises, advising them on cryptocurrencies, taxes, cybersecurity, scam warnings, education opportunities, additional consultancy and networking opportunities.
5. Creating a decentralised blockchain training and marketplace platform.
The platform will be open to all companies with open positions related to blockchain and will be regularly updated as the market’s demands shift. This strategy will be maintained and advised on through the help of not only individual companies but also academia and industry professionals.
This strategy will include the construction of a training and job marketplace that’s flexible enough to be used in a wide variety of use cases and create a centralised platform that combines both hiring and education, as well as opportunities to network through joining various “communities”.
The Future of Blockchain in Europe
The CHAISE blockchain skills strategy will be a living document which will be revised annually, based on evolving skill needs/mismatches and sectoral development priorities. As a next step, the CHAISE project will develop a blockchain curriculum and MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and establish a “European Blockchain Skill Cooperation Network” to oversee the implementation of the strategy after the project’s completion.
Interested in learning more? Read the full CHAISE European Blockchain Skills Strategy here.
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