Limited expertise and talent are available at the start of a technology cycle. This is also the case for blockchain. Knowledge and expertise in this area are scarce in terms of ICT as well as socio-scientific, economic, legal, ethical and business themes.
The need for organisations to train or retrain their own populations well and in good time in new technology such as blockchain is rarely emphasised enough.
Generating speed and impact requires knowledge and ambition to be created at various levels within organisations. In ambitious organisations, a critical mass of people is needed who can dream, direct, design, construct and manage blockchain. This existing talent gap will play a role in the international competitive struggle surrounding blockchain. The mission of line of action 3 is to facilitate this accelerated process within organisations, in part by creating and organising a Blockchain in a Day course and through the organisation of other informative sessions aimed at specific sectors. The network in the sectors is growing continuously.
Distributing available blockchain knowledge
Further efforts will be made within the line of action Human Capital Agenda to distribute the available knowledge as quickly and efficiently as possible. The coalition will encourage this through a matching tool that can be used to link experts, students, training institutes and industry.
With the help of coalition experts, the Teach the Teacher programme has also been developed. Professionals who work with blockchain technology on a daily basis give hands-on sessions to lecturers at universities and universities of applied sciences to ensure that the right, up-to-date knowledge is present in the world of education. In small-scale meetings with breakout sessions, lecturers are brought up-to-date with the subjects relevant to them (business, legal & tech) based on the most recent developments. Furthermore, experts in the coalition are helping to write educational programmes. In 2019, the possibilities to scale up this programme digitally will be examined, for example through the use of MOOCs.
Competencies & Profiles
The coalition will continue to investigate which knowledge, skill and behavioural competencies are needed in various domains that are relevant for effecting blockchain applications. The target groups in this context are managers, organisation strategists, enterprise IT architects, software developers, business managers and professionals from the disciplines human resources, finance, audit, logistics, quality and compliance. Together with vocational and higher education institutions and other training institutes, the line of action Human Capital Agenda will develop programmes for training and professionalisation that meet the needs of companies. The development of more formal training and qualification programmes will be initiated, such as minors at bachelor’s and master’s levels and encouragement of continuous lines of learning between vocational and higher education institutions.
The Human Capital Agenda is preparing the publication of a report that will describe the (key) competencies and profiles of the blockchain professional of the future, built up within the framework of the eCF. The competencies and profiles will be drawn up based on the inventories of knowledge requirements and supply.
• Expansion of sectors
• Teach the Teacher
• Competencies & Profiles
• Blockchain in a Day