PwC Opens Digital Accelerators Program For Creating Blockchain Skills Expertise

PwC Consultancy Set To Launch ‘Digital Accelerators’ Program To Equip Its Workforce With Blockchain Technology

As time goes by, the world has become more appreciative and accepting to new technologies like blockchain and cryptocurrencies. PWC is the latest company to join the cohort of corporates investing in research and development for smooth integration of new technologies within its systems. Recently, PWC announced that a new ‘digital skills’ program will be pioneered to equip a good number of its workforce with the new trends in the Fin Tech arena.

The two-year program intends to accommodate 1,000 employees and will span around a range of topics in the tech sphere. These topics so far include blockchain, a hot topic since Bitcoin’s inception, and printing 3D using drones. According to PWC’s report on this milestone; the program ‘Digital accelerators’ is expected to commence in January 2019.

Sarah McEneaney, head of the PWC Digital Accelerators program, indicated that this strategic move is meant to achieve the bigger goal of ensuring business continuity. She said,

“My job is to future proof our workforce … It just seems table stakes at this point that people should have more technology skills. It's needed for us to remain competitive and to be responsive for what our clients are also going through.”

Furthermore, the employees who attend this training are expected to gain efficiency which correlates directly with new technology. McEneaney added that this will in turn reduce the span employees within PWC have taken to solve problems for clients in the past. Therefore, these technological benefits will trickle down even to clients whom the savings will be distributed to eventually.

At the moment, the number of employees that have applied to the Digital Accelerators program stands at 3,500 out of the possible 46,000 PWC workforce. This shows the initiative and readiness by the organization to leverage blockchain and 3D technologies to its benefit in the near future.

When the program kicks off in January, the 1,000 shortlisted PWC employees will be working with customers and attend 10 hours of the program’s coursework within every week. With the ongoing trend in big data, the Digital Accelerators program will focus on data analysis as its pioneer curriculum in the program. This will cover popular and important areas like collecting information and the blockchain era.

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