Over 1,000 Data Analysts to be trained as Digital Skills Organisation awards contracts to Goanna Education, General Assembly and TAFE Queensland for industry-led training programmes


Indigenous Australians, mature-aged and young people amongst those to be trained and employed as data analysts in push to close digital skills gap with diverse talent

The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) has announced online learning provider, General Assembly, indigenous ICT training provider Goanna Education and TAFE Queensland as the winners of its first pilot project to trial and test innovative solutions to train and employ one-hundred data analysts each.

The DSO is an initiative led by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment as part of the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package. The organisation has been tasked by the Federal Government to shape the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Sector, by taking an industry-led approach to digital skills training and employment in Australia.

The ‘Train 100 Data Analyst’ project is the first in a series of projects designed to fund, test and evaluate improved ways of training people in digital skills to get people into digital jobs, to help close Australia’s digital skills gap. Following the successful completion of the pilot the DSO will look to scale these approaches to train and employ over 1,000 data analysts.

This project is testing an ‘employer-led’ approach that allows training providers to develop course content specific to employers’ needs. Incentives are used to help ensure course graduates find guaranteed employment at the successful completion of the training.

Patrick Kidd, OBE OAM and CEO at Digital Skills Organisation said: “We are thrilled to announce General Assembly, Goanna Education and TAFE Queensland as the winners of our pilot project, which tests innovative ways to train and employ data analysts. The DSO is focussed on ensuring we get Australians into digital jobs with the right knowledge and skills for them to be immediately relevant in the workplace. There’s a significant demand for people in work with digital skills and our aim is to streamline the process of training to ensure the right people with the right skills are in the right jobs.”

Following the pilot, the DSO will take evidence-based insight to inform the Government’s agenda and create a VET system that can provide an innovative and world leading approach to digital skills training in Australia.


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