BerChain launches CHAISE to “design Europe’s strategy for blockchain skills”

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 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.

BerChain joined the CHAISE consortium with Europe’s among a consortium of top stakeholders in blockchain innovation and skills development. The four-year project will develop a certified training programme for blockchain and DLTs, and the first-ever “blockchain specialist” occupational profile.

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”.

From 18-20 November, the new four-year initiative was officially launched 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.

Stay tuned for more information about the project! We are currently developing its online presence, including website and social media channels.

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