previous two articles, we’ve looked at what blockchain technology is and showed
some practical use cases. However, the question arises; where to gain the
necessary knowledge to master this future technology? The answer lies in the pioneering
project of the European Union, in which Slovenia and some of our universities
and other interested stakeholders are also actively participating. So, let’s
take a look at more information about the CHAISE educational project, which
addresses the growing needs in blockchain technology. When will the first courses
be available, and what title will be awarded to individuals who successfully
complete the training?
CHAISE is a four-year transnational initiative funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + programme to develop a systematic approach to developing blockchain technology skills. The CHAISE project will develop and implement a European strategy to tackle inconsistencies and skills shortages in the field of blockchain. In addition, it will provide appropriate and forward-looking training, qualifications and mobility solutions tailored to the real needs of the sector.
The project website
states: “The core mission of the CHAISE project is to develop a strategic
approach on blockchain skills development for Europe as well as to deliver
future-proof training solutions, in order to tackle blockchain skill shortages
and to respond to the current and future skill needs of the European Blockchain
Blockchain is at the core of the EU strategy to advance digital transformation, benefitting society businesses and stimulating sustainable growth. The European organisation Digital Europe, which represents the digital technology industry, states on its website: “The European Blockchain Sector is well placed to acquire global leadership; still its competitiveness largely relies on the availability of a competent and versatile workforce. ”
Although the demand
for blockchain skills is constantly increasing, employers face a shortage of
qualified specialists, which prevents the sector from exploiting its full
potential. The blockchain technology industry is thus facing a shortage of
talent, global competitive pressures, a limited link between education and the
market, and the poor responsiveness of formal education to new job demands.
As already mentioned, the
CHAISE project aims to fill these gaps and eliminate skills mismatches. This
will be achieved by setting up an open and inclusive blockchain skills
management system tailored to the needs of individual sectors. The project will
provide appropriate and forward-looking solutions for training, mobility, and
qualification schemes, thus further increasing the sector’s attractiveness,
especially for young Europeans.
The innovative blockchain vocational education and training (VET) programme will run for five semesters or around 1,200 lessons and will run in 11 EU languages. Upon completion of the training, the individual will receive the title of ‘blockchain specialist’, which is the first-ever occupational profile of its kind. In addition, all learning materials developed by the project will be available to everyone through a massive open online course (MOOC), where we can already find a vast number of free and educational courses from various fields.
The CHAISE project
will bring together stakeholders representing industry, academia, politics, and
research from across the EU to develop a blockchain skills strategy. The
strategy will set the framework for sectoral cooperation and outline measures
to address skill shortages and skill mismatch.
In addition, the
project will set up a collaborative method for monitoring the evolution of
workplace requirements and anticipating future blockchain skill needs to act as
an early warning information mechanism to mitigate possible imbalances between supply
and demand, according to the project’s website.
CHAISE will also
support the cross-border mobility of students and professionals by
strengthening partnerships between education, training institutions and
companies and launching a Blockchain career guidance and alumni platform. The
transnational European project will develop mechanisms for strategic
cooperation at European and national levels, such as the National Blockchain
Skills Partnerships. These will ensure that national issues are reflected in
EU-wide solutions and implement a sectoral skills strategy at the EU and
The project was launched in November 2020 and is expected to end in October 2024. According to the timeline presented in the CHAISE project brochure, applications for training are expected to open in 2023. The project involves 23 project partners from 15 European countries, including the University of Ljubljana (UL) and some of its members. Nena Dokuzov from the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MGRT) Slovenia believes that “the CHAISE project is well set up and structured and is properly linked to existing European programmes, instruments and strategies, including the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure [EBSI]”.
What is EBSI?
A few years ago, the European Commission recognised
the importance of blockchain technology and its broad impact on the EU’s
digital development. Thus, in 2018 the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP)
was established, and Slovenia is one of the founding members among other
European countries. The EBP is working to establish a European Blockchain
Services Infrastructure (EBSI), which will primarily aim to strengthen the
security and privacy of public services in the European Union using blockchain
EBSI currently focuses mainly on four important use cases. The leverage of blockchain technology in notarisation, i.e., to create trusted digital audit trails, automate compliance checks, and verify data integrity. Next is implementing the SSI (Self-Sovereign Identity) model in Europe, which allows users to create and control their own digital identity across borders.
A third use case is to provide citizens
digital control of their educational credentials (diplomas) through
blockchain, significantly reducing verification costs and improving trust in
the authenticity of documents. Finally, the latest example for using blockchain
technology which EBSI is currently focusing on, is secure and trustworthy
data sharing among customs and tax authorities in the EU. Other uses will be added in the future.
Nena Dokuzov from MGRT
said that “knowledge, digital competencies and skills are needed to use this
type of infrastructure and services and develop new services using blockchain
technology. The development of competencies and their use is very appropriately
addressed by the CHAISE project, while at the same time offering the
possibility to design so-called ‘national partnerships for blockchain skills,’
which can be an important element in Slovenia in the structure of activities focusing
on emerging Slovenian blockchain partnerships.”
In the trilogy of
articles on blockchain technology, we have delved into what blockchain
technology is and looked at some of the practical examples of its use in
Slovenia and the European Union. In this article, we found that the European
Union, in cooperation with Slovenia and other active Member States, is
implementing a pioneering programme called the CHAISE project, which
encompasses systematic education on blockchain technology.
article is part of a joint project of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European
Studies and the Anton Korošec Institute (INAK), Following the path of digitalisation
in Slovenia and Europe. This project receives funding from the European
information and views set out in this article are those of the author and do
not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union
institutions/Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies/ Anton Korošec
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