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Pilot program looks to design cutting-edge digital skills training

Juliet Helmke
22 July 2021 1 minute readShare
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The government’s DSO Pilot has announced a new trial program aimed at ensuring that digital skills training effectively meets the needs of both Australian employers and individuals.

This is the latest in a series of projects by the Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) designed to fund, test and evaluate better ways of carrying out training in digital competencies, with the aim of helping to close Australia’s digital skills gap.

DSO’s first pilot project, which will train and employ 100 data analysts, launched at the beginning of the year.

This pilot will test new approaches to designing digital qualifications, working with employers, jobseekers and training providers to improve on the current training and update the parameters of existing qualifications.

As with its inaugural program, the trial focuses mainly on entry-level data analysts, though it will also include an examination of the more general digital skills used across industries.

“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,” said Stuart Robert, federal Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business.

“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.”

Mr Robert noted that the government’s economic roadmap out of the COVID-19 recession placed particular importance on training for jobs in the digital sector.

The DSO’s latest program is supported by an uptick in funding from the latest federal budget, which committed an additional $500 million to expand the JobTrainer Fund and extend the program through the end of 2022.

The scheme’s extension supported an additional 10,000 places in digital skills training. DSO’s latest venture aims to ensure that training is fit for purpose.

Pilot program looks to design cutting-edge digital skills training
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