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

Work on the Case for Change commenced in July 2017 and involved:

  • Establishment of a dedicated Big Data Project Reference Group (PRG), consisting of various Industry Reference Committee (IRC) members from a diverse range of industries and subject matter experts;
  • Extensive desktop research to understand what is happening both here and internationally (best and better practice), what big data training already exists and what job outcomes it leads to, and the evidence base to develop cross sector training; and
  • Broad industry consultation throughout August and September 2018 across a range of industries, geographies and stakeholder types to hear different perspectives (including industry, government bodies, training providers and subject matter experts).

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved the Big Data Cross Sector Case for Change at the February 2018 AISC meeting. Click below to download the Big Data Cross Sector Case for Change and a summary of outcomes from national consultations.

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 detailed industry consultation with subject matter experts; develop draft training products*; 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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