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Lack of ‘qualified people’ without more Web3 education, say academics

Australian blockchain academics and educators have called for more robust web3 education in schools, to prepare students for a world dominated by blockchain technology.

Huxley Peckham, lead trainer for Blockchain Academy International, told Cointelegraph that there are “very few qualified people in the blockchain industry, but there is a high demand for qualified people,” noting that there are at least 60 different industries worldwide that use blockchain. use technology.

Both Peckman and Blockchain Academy International founder Tim Bowman said it was time to quickly expand blockchain education in schools to prepare for a shift in the global economy.

Peckham believes blockchain education is important as it will “enable the next generation of strategists and consultants to gain real traction in this industry”, noting that knowing how to apply the technology will “really improve their careers” .

He suggested that blockchain is a lucrative industry to jump into, noting that he has seen several jobs in the industry with a “$300,000 injunction [Australian dollars] plus incentives.”

Chris Berg, co-director of RMIT University Blockchain Innovation Hub, told Cointelegraph that it is vital for students to have an idea “about what the economy looks like, how the economy is changing” regarding cryptocurrency and blockchain.

Berg firmly believes that students should “leave year 12 with an understanding of the changing nature of the economy and the technologies that will affect it, one of which is blockchain.”

Meanwhile, Leigh Travers, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance Australia, told Cointelegraph that it was imperative that Australian students have access to the same level of quality education in blockchain as those seeking careers in traditional industries.

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Travers noted that Binance Australia recently introduced a “Binance Internship” – allowing students to learn from the best in “Web3 and crypto” and “hopefully find jobs beyond”.

This is in addition to plans for Binance Australia to partner with Australian universities so that a “blockchain master’s degree” can be set up to help people “get into or build on the Metaverse for the future”.

Bowman noted that his academy “has met a school in Brisbane that will be offering a Diploma of Applied Blockchain to their 11 and 12 students in 2023.”

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Blockchain Academy International is the first blockchain education facility approved in Australia for government-issued student loans.

This allows Australians to enroll in their blockchain courses without paying upfront, instead taking out a loan from the Australian government in the same way as university loans.

Bowman said he believes young Australians are already leading the way in many ways, recalling a personal experience he had with a primary school principal who asked a sixth form class, “Who knows what an NFT is here?” which was followed by “half the class raising their hands” before hearing that “six students had already bought an NFT”.

A newly released investigative report from Australian crypto exchange Swyftx estimates that Australia will acquire one million new cryptocurrency holders in the next 12 months, bringing total crypto ownership in the country to more than five million.