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JobTrainer creates future blockchain talent

The Diploma of Applied Blockchain (10849NAT) at TAFE Queensland is now eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning any Queensland resident looking to develop new skills can do so for only $145.

General Manager of TAFE Queensland on the Gold Coast Karen Dickinson said she is thrilled that this course is now more accessible to students.

“This training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland under the joint State and Federal JobTrainer funding. This diploma isn’t just a Blockchain course, we are reimagining the way business should be done and making life easier.”

“Blockchain is on the skills shortage list and JobTrainer is paving the way for us to get ahead. We are talking about training students to create our workforce and solutions of the future. To simplify existing systems, mould evolving ones and build the new.”

“TAFE Queensland is on the front foot of innovation and technology. Our state is leading the way nationally. We have made it a priority to support the sector’s growth and demand by partnering with industry leader, Blockchain Collective to deliver the course” Ms Dickinson said.

The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) Chief Executive Officer Patrick Kidd applauds TAFE Queensland’s approach to its blockchain courses, both for being developed by industry for industry and driving the costs down.

“Like the DSO's initiatives, TAFE Queensland is using industry demand to drive and promote the courses employers desperately need. The skills gap in tech and non-tech roles is widening. Leveraging industry input is vital for Australia to produce the additional 286,000 technology workers needed by 2025.”

“These courses show the tremendous value that the vocational education and training sector brings in driving faster upskilling and reskilling opportunities to anyone who wants to get involved.”

“We know that 42 per cent of people in the tech sector do not have a university degree. This is a huge incentive for those looking to upskill and take on opportunities in high-paying industries like blockchain.”

“Only by working together can we better align industries, training providers and learners. We have seen this first hand by working with Tech Council of Australia and developing the Digital Employers Forum. All industries must recognise the urgent need to upskill and train people in technology careers and digital skills,” Mr Kidd said.

Founder of Blockchain Collective, Austin Lewinsmith who also sits on the Board of Blockchain Australia said blockchain is the spine that interconnects all other emerging technologies whether it’s artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning or Internet of Things (IoT).

“We recognised there wasn’t any accredited training globally to meet the industry needs. We swiftly commissioned research and developed the solution. This has evolved into three courses delivered by TAFE Queensland,” he said.

“The online course equips students with the skills required to successfully develop and oversee blockchain teams across a number of different industries and applications.”

“There is really no limit to what blockchain can be applied to as it’s the underlying technology for the likes of defi (decentralisation finance), cryptocurrency, NFTs and metaverse. Students don’t need to be coders or tech heads.”

“Blockchain projects can apply in accounting, healthcare, mining. Basically every industry. Each student builds out their own project which drives innovation at a grass roots level for our community,” Mr Lewinsmith said.