Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe designs Europe’s strategy for blockchain skills
CHAISE – a project tasked by the European Commission is launched by NextEducation Arbeitsgruppe
Although Europe is well-positioned to “lead the global race for blockchain”, a lack of digital skills could hinder this ambition.
The new CHAISE project (blockCHAIn Skills for Europe) was tasked by the European Commission to develop a new skills development strategy to address the lack of talent in blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) across Europe.
The project consortium is composed of the European and world leading players in the field of block chain innovation and competence development. The NextEducation working group at the DHBW Karlsruhe, led by Professor Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, contributes its proven and outstanding expertise derived from many years of research on future skills and future organisations to the project, thus providing the basis for sustainable and sound competence monitoring and development.
The four-year project will develop a certified training programme for blockchain and DLTs, and the first-ever “blockchain specialist” occupational profile. Under the lead of the NextEducation working group the project will identify the Blockchain labour market characteristics, as well as skills needs, supply and mismatches.
Industry, manufacturing, agriculture, technology: Europe is in a leading position in many sectors that can successfully apply blockchain or other Distributed Ledger Technologies. At the same time, the lack of digital skills throughout Europe threatens to hamper and slow down innovation in this and other emerging technologies. To counteract this dynamic and “close the gap”, our consortium has launched the new CHAISE project to deliver “blockchain skills for Europe”.
The new four-year initiative was officially launched from 18-20 November with its first project meeting. CHAISE is not just another European project, as it is mandated by the EC to design the missing European Blockchain Skills Strategy.
Blockchain skills development done right
CHAISE is well-equipped for the paradigm shift ushered in by blockchain. Led by the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), the project’s consortium consists of European and global leaders in blockchain and DLTs, including academic and industry partners and sectoral organisations and communities.
The project will develop a 5-semester VET (qualification) programme in 11 EU languages with an innovative approach: In addition to technical skills specific to blockchain/DLTs, the CHAISE Curriculum will also include non-technical soft skills to respond to the specific needs of modern work environments (problem-solving, team work, and a customer-oriented and entrepreneurial mindset).
In addition, all learning materials developed by the project will be consolidated into an open online course. Finally, CHAISE will also develop the first-ever “blockchain specialist” occupational profile in line with existing competences and qualification frameworks to guarantee a common language for digital skills descriptions.
Website and social media channels are currently being built.
Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, email@example.com