INATBA to Join Education-Focused EU CHAISE Initiative
BRUSSELS, 30 November, 2020 — International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) has announced it has been awarded €224,356 over 4 years to help design the blockchain skills development strategy for the European Commission through its CHAISE initiative.
Facing a Europe-wide shortage in blockchain expertise, the CHAISE consortium has been tasked by the European Commission to develop a roadmap for increasing blockchain training and jobs in the European Union. The four-year project will develop a certified training programme for blockchain and DLTs and the first-ever “blockchain specialist” occupational profile for Europe. INATBA joined the CHAISE consortium with Europe’s top stakeholders to help drive this blockchain innovation and skills development and will use its ecosystem expertise and roster of experts to drive forward research on the blockchain job market and critical skills and help design the training programme.
“Europe is well-positioned to lead the global race for blockchain, but it requires a stronger presence of education and skills training within the continent,” said Marc Taverner, Executive Director of INATBA. “We are looking forward to sharing the insights of our 170+ members on the essential training needed to build strong and creative blockchain teams with the CHAISE consortium to design a robust and world-class training programme.”
“INATBA’s working group on education has spent the last two years driving awareness and research on the critical issue of blockchain education and skills training,” said Margherita Leder, co-chair of INATBA’s Working Group on Education and COO of the TMP Group. “To have this work recognized and utilized to drive better education and training is a great step ahead for Europe, and we are excited to bring even more guidance to this initiative.”
Led by the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), the CHAISE consortium consists of several 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.
For more information on this project and how to contribute, please contact INATBA’s Educational Working Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Launched by the European Commission during its 2018 European Blockchain Roundtable, INATBA is the leading convener in the global blockchain ecosystem, offering developers, companies, and users of blockchain/distributed ledger technology a forum to interact with regulators and policymakers and bring blockchain technology to its next stage. INATBA currently has 167+ active nonprofit and enterprise members and is advised by more than 40 academic institutions and 23 governmental organizations and agencies from 15 countries across Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. INATBA often issues research and commentary on blockchain regulation and policy from its 14 workgroups spanning finance, governance, education, healthcare, identity, climate action, and more. The mission of INATBA is to develop transparent and inclusive governance and cooperation models for blockchain applications, to inform policy and regulatory measures that may contribute to harnessing the many opportunities of blockchain through a close dialogue with policy-makers and regulators, and promote regulatory convergence that drives potential impacts for society and the economy from these technologies.
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