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Upskilling and reskilling Australians to support booming digital sector

Ministers:

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Morrison Government’s Digital Skills Organisation (DSO), one of three Skills Organisations Pilots, is undertaking a trial to test new approaches to designing digital qualifications and training that meet the skills needed for a job in the digital sector.

The trial is set to benefit employers, job seekers and training providers across Australia’s digital sector by working with them to create improved qualifications and training that meets the evolving workforce needs of the digital economy.

The DSO will focus the trial on entry-level data analysts as well as the more general digital skills required across the workforce to address key issues and support workforce development for the sector. 

The trial builds on the DSO’s successful Train 100 Data Analyst project which is providing new and innovative opportunities for Australians to rapidly develop digital skills.

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said building Australia’s digital workforce was an important part of the Morrison Government’s Economic Plan outlined in the Federal Budget which included 10,000 additional digital skills training places through the $2 billion JobTrainer fund, subject to negotiations with states.

‘The Morrison Government’s Economic Plan to secure Australia’s recovery from the COVID-19 Recession has digital skills at its centre. This pilot is doing the work to ensure those qualifications are fit-for-purpose so we can improve our skills pipeline and bring more Australians into our digital workforce,’ Minister Robert said.

‘This trial will provide a picture of what specialist digital skills are needed, improve the relationship between employers and the training system, and get more people into jobs.  

‘Australia’s digital workforce is fundamental to our future prosperity— our Economic Plan is focused on protecting jobs today and through trials like this we are working to secure the jobs of tomorrow.’

For more information about Skills Organisations Pilots visit: https://www.dese.gov.au/skills-organisations