Web3 is being talked about more and more. The 2022 crypto market crash may have slowed recruitment for a while, or even led to layoffs among certain players, but a long-term dynamic appears to have been set in motion. And companies in this sector are always looking for a skilled workforce. That’s why the startup studio PyratzLabs launched a new school on Wednesday, dedicated to Web3, that is, everything that refers to the decentralized Web, based on blockchain technology.
baptized Blockchain Business School (BBS), it is due to welcome a first group of students in March, to the 1,000 square meter premises in Levallois-Perret, for a three-month training focused on technical but also business skills. “Blockchain applications require a certain transversality of skills that is very hard to find. It is in this spirit that BBS wants to form complete profiles that understand all the layers that must be applied to the success of a Web project.”, explains Bilal El Alamy, CEO of PyratzLabs. Two courses are offered, one to become a “technology leader”, the other a “block product manager”.
“We are committed to placing our students in companies”
With six lessons per week, this training aims to provide a knowledge base for students, who will then have the opportunity to complete an internship to perfect their knowledge and adapt to the Web3 environment. “We offer a very practical course, with masterclasses from industry personalities and support at the end of the training. We are committed to placing our students in companies”, assures Christophe Debonneuil, educational director of the school, also responsible for blockchain training at the OECD.
The first group, bringing together 50 students, will be sponsored by Sébastien Borget, co-founder of Metaverse The sandbox. PyratzLabs aims to use its new school as a breeding ground for recruiting, as the startup studio plans to hire another 30 to 40 people this year. It now supports nearly thirty entrepreneurs and new companies, such as Equisafe, Dogami Where Lezar. So many players that future students will have privileged access to.
This training, whose cost still amounts to 3,999 euros, payable in four installments, is open to everyone: employees in post or professional retraining, entrepreneurs, students. Recruitment is mainly through telephone interviews and personality tests. Applicants can receive funding through their vocational training account (CPF), regional aid or even Pôle Emploi.
Already other blockchain training
Blockchain Business School is not alone. There is already another school specializing in blockchain in France: Alira, established in 2018, which offers 100% distance learning. “Grandes écoles and engineering schools are also starting to offer Web3 courses, but these are basically introductions to the subject.”, recalls Stanislas Barthelemi, consultant at KPMG’s Blockchain Partner firm. “There is room for a second blockchain school because we are in an emerging sector. Startups in the ecosystem, but also large groups and banks will recruit”, he adds.
“The arrival of a new school shows that there is a need for training in the market”, comments Jérémy Wauquier, president of Alyra.
Since the start of the school year in September, the Blockchain Business School wants to offer longer training, this time for a year, on a work-study basis. Meanwhile, she is working to have the diploma awarded at the end of her three-month training recognized by the state. Students in the first group will in any case receive a certificate of skills in the form of an NFT.