Big Data

Skills for Australia is leading the development of training in the cross sectoral skill area of Big Data.

Why Big Data skills matter

As more and more industries recognise the potential of Big Data, employees with skills in capturing, interpreting and taking advantage of that data will grow in importance.

Big Data provides users with insights into trends and events which may otherwise be hard to detect or missed entirely. Businesses in many industries are placing growing emphasis on the capture, storage and exploitation of this data and leveraging it for further opportunity and advancement. New roles are being created in this field; for example in data warehouse management and maintenance.

About the Big Data Cross Sector Project

The purpose of this project is to provide an evidence-based case and industry support for developing vocational training in big data and big data analytics skills that can be transferable across multiple industries. The Big Data Cross Sector project will review current and emerging developments in big data skills, particularly in relation to data management, big data analytics, and data-driven decision making, and identify related skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors. It is expected that this project will result in a significant reduction in duplication across the national VET system, and help to deliver a future fit Big Data workforce to organisations across multiple industries.

Project overview

Following the ICT IRC’s review of our key findings from consultation and the recommendations we proposed, in association with the project working group and other stakeholders, we developed draft training products to address identified skills needs.

These draft training products were released for public review in February 2019 , and the feedback we received is now being considered as we prepare the Case for Endorsement.


What’s next?

Over the coming months, we will work under the direction of a refreshed Big Data Project Working Group (PWG) and the Information and Communications Technology IRC to: undertake quality assurance and review; and finalise a Case for Endorsement. This Case for Endorsement is due to be submitted to the Department in April 2019. If approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), the proposed new cross sector units will be publicly available for download from the National Register.  

How can you get involved?

To participate in upcoming consultations for this project, click HERE to register your interest for the ‘Big Data / Data Analytics’ project. Consultations are being planned nationally and will be held from August – September 2018.

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