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. Our focus and energy very much lies at the heart of what is evidently a critical matter, the supply and demand of digital skills and digital talent.
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 grow. The success of our mission is underpinned by a fundamental truth that success can only be achieved through an employer-led movement.
Over the next 5 years, Australia will require more than 150,000 new digital professionals.
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.
With reports estimating at least 87% of Australia’s workforce now require digital literacy skills, the pressing need to open up entry-level digital pathways is immediate.
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. However to achieve this, Australia must recognise the real needs of employers, like you, and we need your help in bringing our approaches to life.
Digital Transformation: Upskilling and reskilling are vital for employer success.
Every Australian business is now either directly or indirectly a digital business. Over the next five years, it’s estimated that over 150,000 additional digital professionals will be needed across the Australian workforce. So just how digitally evolved is your organisation? To help us identify your organisation’s digital maturity and better understand the types of digital skills that you require, take the survey
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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.
We know that for specialist digital skills this approach is widely accepted due to a lack of existing digital skills pathways and value of inherent human skills. This skills based approach can only be achieved through leveraging off the unique role that the vocational education sector can play - its grassroots connections, wide ranging accessibility and touch points across all industries and levels of our workforce is key to propelling Australia into the leading edge of the digital economy.
Assessment: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.
An agile workforce is key to the success of all organisations, no matter the industry. 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.
Accessibility is pivotal in driving a workforce fit for the future. By putting in place open and inclusive approaches which 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.
How the DSO is driving change:
- National aptitude assessment platform
- Online digital training courses
- Partnerships and access with leading Lifelong Learning platforms
Our current initiatives:
Train 100 Data AnalystsA 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 ProjectA 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 Digi-academyAn academy designed to open up digital career pathways available to 17-24-year-olds.
The DSO ‘toolkitFree online material enables people to assess their digital potential and conduct online training to improve their digital skills using Skill Finder.
Without action from employers to drive the development of our digital skills pipeline, Australia may simply become an importer of digital goods and services with potential for our brightest talent in this sector to seek opportunities in the global economy rather than domestically.
We encourage employers who are interested in collaborating to get in touch with us via our form here. We are always looking for fresh and creative ideas as well as feedback on our current Pilot projects. We are especially keen to hear from a diverse range of employers, such as Indigenous organisations, employers in rural areas and SMEs.