Who we are and what we do
Simplifying the digital skills sector ensuring training meets the needs of employers.
As part of the Australian Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package, we at the DSO are being funded by the Government to aid in furthering Australia’s digital technology sector. Our approach to digitally up-skilling the Australian workforce must recognise the pace of change in digital technologies. We are one of three industry-led Skills Organisation pilots designed to inform broader improvements to the national training system, with pilots also underway in the human services care and mining sector.
With the current approach to training being both fragmented and failing to meet the needs of employers, we have been resourced to conduct a series of trials aimed at improving the current VET system by working with employers, peak bodies, governments and RTOs to create pathways that get people into work with the right skills at the right time. Being an employer-led and action-orientated organisation, it is our job to ensure that digital skills training in Australia matches what employers need, both now and in the future. We aim to develop fresh, agile ways of training new learners and existing workers in relevant digital skills, make world-leading digital training more accessible and create a training system that is fast, relevant, and responsive to industry requirements.
As a part of the broader change agenda for the VET sector, we will execute 3 core programmes* and initiatives aimed at developing sustainable employer-led approaches which will create a digitally upskilled, job-ready workforce.
We work in collaboration with others around some core principles and models:
Focused on getting the right people job-ready and into employment with the relevant knowledge, skills and attributes. This programme of work designs, develops and evaluates a new ‘employer-led’ model for skills assessment to ensure standards are relevant to the needs of the employment market.
Focused on understanding and removing the barriers to digital skilling. With an aim to reduce complexity and put in place integrating processes which deliver unity of efforts, the immediate focus is to simplify digital career pathways and make them more accessible.
Employers in the Lead
Placing employers in the lead of an agile process which delivers positive outcomes and enables employers to drive the relevancy of the training.
Proficiency over process
Readiness for role is more important than the process of training.