Ireland's Economic and Social Research Institute Blockchain Skills Conference June 2022

00The focus of this conference was to analyse the demand and supply of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) skills. We provided an examination of the current blockchain labour market within Ireland, the UK and the EU-27.

In particular, documenting the relevant sectors, occupations, skill requirements and blockchain demand and supply forecasts. This research comes as a response to the rapid expansion in the application of blockchain technologies and an increase in demand for blockchain skills which is likely to put pressure on the current labour market to provide the necessary skills.

The conference was created and supported in association with the Erasmus+ CHAISE Blockchain Skills for Europe, Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) and Blockchain Ireland’s Education, Skills and Innovation Working Group. This event coincided with Blockchain Ireland Week, from 30th May to 1st June 2022. It welcomed expert contributions from sector representatives, education and training providers, and researchers.

00:00:00 Welcome Address: Prof. Alan Barrett (Director of the ESRI)

00:04:54 Opening Address: William Beausang (Assistant Secretary, Skills Policy & Further Education and Training Division, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science)

00:15:35 CHAISE - A sectoral approach to Blockchain skills development: Project Overview, Key Findings & Expected Results: Dionysios Solomos (Head of Programme, Erasmus+, CHAISE, EXELIA)

00:35:52 Blockchain Skills in Ireland and UK: Dr Adele Whelan (Senior Research Officer, ESRI)

00:55.55 Demand and Supply of Blockchain Skills in Europe: Dr Klavs Ciprikis (Post-Doctoral Researcher, ESRI)

1:19:30 Creating Ireland as an International Blockchain Hub: Prof. Joyce O Connor (Chair of the Education, Skills and Innovation Working Group at Blockchain Ireland)

1:35:59 Q&A and discussion

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