Why are we talking to you?

The success of our mission is underpinned by a fundamental truth that success can only be achieved through an employer-led movement. We know when employers are engaged throughout the training process, employment rates in excess of 80% can be achieved - equalling a more diverse talent pool that can flourish and grow in the digital sector.

Needed at a critical moment in time...

Every Australian business is now either directly or indirectly a digital business.

Digital technologies are a strong part of the value chain and operations of most businesses in the economy. Technology enables businesses to operate and evolve.

As Australian businesses seek growth through the continued digitisation of products and services, the dependency on digital skills has never been greater. This impacts the many small businesses that are unable to keep pace with salary inflation.

The pressing need to open up entry-level digital pathways is immediate.

We believe the solution lies in adopting a skills-based approach.

The nature of today’s work is evolving quickly and traditional job descriptions lack relevance to the changing needs of our nation. With the rapid pace in technology only set to increase, employers need to start recruiting and upskilling based on digital skills, rather than outdated role definitions.

A skills-based approach focuses on understanding and evaluating the capabilities of individuals based on the skills they’ve developed through experience, formal and informal training. This outcome-focused approach better aligns with the needs of employers who are seeking to hire talent that can produce the outputs that they need, regardless of their educational journey.  

This approach will not only unlock the potential of a more diverse digital workforce but uplift the general population and promote life-long learning to remain current in the ever changing digital space, driving continuous innovation and achieving competitive advantage.

  1. Opens opportunities for the broadest pool of digital talent
    By assessing one’s potential and evaluating their ability to be effective in the workplace (against an agreed standard), employers can open opportunities for the broadest pool of digital talent, irrespective of how or where they have been trained.

  2. Creates an agile workforce
    A skills-based approach will allow employers to find the right team members who have the attitude and determination to master new digital skills and can apply said skills across a range of roles.

  3. Makes digital careers more accessible
    By putting in place open and inclusive approaches to assess an individual’s natural aptitude and match them to an appropriate digital career pathway, this approach can open up the floor for diverse digital careers.  

Our current initiatives:

Train 100 Data Analysts:
A pilot delivered skill-based training to over 100 data analysts using three different training providers. This included a focus on mature aged workers in career transition and also on an indigenous cohort. We are expecting to achieve employment rates in excess of 70%.

The Cremorne Project:  
A partnership with Kangan Tafe and leading employers including carsales, Live tiles and MYOB to pilot a skills-based programme to meet the needs of entry-level digital professionals in the Cremorne, Melbourne tech precinct.

The DigiSkills Academy:
An academy designed to open up digital career pathways available to 17-24-year-olds. Coming soon.

Employer Assessment Survey: Take the quiz

How would you describe the digital maturity of your organisation?

How would you describe your workforce’s attitude towards digital skills training and development?

How would you describe your leadership’s attitude towards digital skills training and development?

What level of digital skills would your organisation be interested in developing further? Choose as many as you like.

Which of the following specialist pathways would be most relevant to your organisation for training existing talent or hiring new candidates?

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