Skills for Australia to lead Cyber Security and Big Data cross sector projects

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)  has appointed PwC’s Skills for Australia as the lead Skills Service Organisation (SSO) responsible for cross sector projects in the areas of Cyber Security and Big Data.

These areas are two of seven cross sector projects identified as being critical across numerous industries, and are part of the AISC’s plan to strategically address common skills needs identified in Industry Reference Committee (IRC) Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work.

The aim of these projects is to develop training package components that address those skills needs across industries in a coordinated and efficient way, thus providing better support for individuals to move between related occupations, and to improve the training system’s efficiency by creating units that can be used by multiple industry sectors.

CEO Sara Caplan said PwC’s Skills for Australia was excited to be part of this innovative project and was looking forward to collaborating with other SSOs to develop common units of competency owned and used by many industries.

“Any action to make the training system more efficient and easier for users to navigate is a step in the right direction,” Ms Caplan said.

“There is no doubt that in this day and age there is a rapidly growing demand for skills in the areas of Cyber Security and Big Data, and feedback from our extensive consultation with the industries we serve has indicated that these demands are not exclusive to any one industry.

“That’s why this work is so important, and why we are so thrilled to be involved in it.”

It is expected that the outcomes of these projects will lead to a significant reduction in duplication across the national training system. It is also anticipated that, in some cases, the development of common units and skill sets will assist individuals to move more easily between related occupations.

Each project lead SSO will, in collaboration with the other SSOs, establish a project reference group (PRG). The PRG will consist of a representative from each IRC that has a material interest in the project.

The lead SSO will work with the PRG to undertake a review of current and emerging skills needs in the relevant area and undertake industry wide consultation. The lead SSO will then work with the PRG to develop and submit a case for change to the AISC which will identify the common training package components that could be developed to address the identified skills needs across industries.


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