There is more and more talk about Web3. The fall of the cryptocurrency market in 2022 may have slowed recruiting for a time, or even led to layoffs among some players, but a long-term momentum appears to be in motion. And companies in the sector are always looking for qualified manpower. For this reason, the startup studio PyratzLabs launched a new school on Wednesday, dedicated to Web3, or everything that refers to the decentralized Web, based on blockchain technology.
baptized Blockchain Business School (BBS), should welcome a first cohort of students in March, in premises of 1,000 square meters in Levallois-Perret, for a three-month training focused on technical but also commercial skills. “Blockchain applications require a certain transversality of skills which is very difficult to find. It is with this spirit that the BBS wants to form complete profiles that include all the layers to be implemented for the success of a Web project.”, explains Bilal El Alamy, CEO of PyratzLabs. Two courses are offered, one to become a “tech lead”, the other a “blockchain product manager”.
“We are committed to placing our students in companies”
With six hours of lessons per week, this training aims to provide a knowledge base for students, who will then have the opportunity to do an internship to improve their knowledge and enter 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 cohort, which brings together 50 students, will be sponsored by Sébastien Borget, co-founder of the metaverse The sandbox. PyratzLabs intends to use its new school as a breeding ground for recruiting, while the startup studio plans to hire an additional 30-40 people this year. It now supports nearly thirty entrepreneurs and young companies, such as Equisafe, dogami Where is it Lezar. Many players to which future students will have privileged access.
This training, the cost of which amounts to 3,999 euros, payable in four instalments, is open to everyone: employees in service or in professional retraining, entrepreneurs, students. Recruitment is mainly through telephone interviews and personality tests. Applicants can obtain funding through their Vocational Training Account (CPF), regional aid or even Pôle Emploi.
Already other blockchain formation
The Blockchain Business School is not alone. There is already another school specialized in blockchain in France: Alira, created in 2018, which offers 100% distance learning. “Grandes écoles and engineering schools are also starting to offer courses on Web3, but these are essentially introductions to the subject.”, recalls Stanislas Barthelemi, consultant at KPMG’s Blockchain Partner company. “There is room for a second blockchain school because we are in an emerging sector. Ecosystem startups, but also large groups and banks will hire ”, he adds.
“The arrival of a new school shows that there is a need for training on the market,” comments Jérémy Wauquier, president of Alyra.
From the start of the school year in September, the Blockchain Business School would like to offer a longer education, this time for one year, on a work-study basis. In the meantime, he is working to ensure that the diploma obtained at the end of the three months of training is recognized by the State. Students in the first cohort will still receive a certificate of skills in the form of an NFT.