Qualification Design Trials

Skills Organisation Pilots undertook qualification design trials to help address the changing skills needs of employers and individuals. These trials were run by three Skills Organisation Pilots in the mining, digital and human services sectors.

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The trials aimed to achieve:

  • Qualifications that recognise common skills, deliver broader vocational outcomes and promote individual mobility and labour market resilience
  • A reduction in unnecessary training product duplication
  • A reduction in training product complexity
  • An enhanced relationship between training products, training needs and employment pathways
  • Greater training product flexibility and enhanced responsiveness to changing industry need
  • Improved articulation and pathways between education sectors.

The Mining Skills Organisation (MSO) Pilot ran a trial aimed at designing better training to enable the mining sector to create new jobs and support the Australian economy. Informed by an assessment of industry need and existing training products, the MSO developed a new apprenticeship for mobile plant diesel mechanics that incorporates critical skills from other occupations.

Find out more information from the Australian Minerals and Energy Skills Alliance website.

The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) Pilot ran a trial aimed at ensuring digital training better meets the evolving skills needs of employers and individuals. As part of the trial, the DSO worked with industry and training organisations to focus on skills for data analysts as well as the more general digital literacy skills required by individuals, industry and employers.

Find out more information from the Digital Skills Organisation website.

The Human Services Skills Organisation (HSSO) Pilot ran a trial focused on the personal care worker job family for residential and in-home aged care and disability support. The trial designed job families, career pathways, occupational, training and assessment standards in order to compare an alternative model of VET qualification design to the current design approach.

Find out more information from the Health Services Skills Organisation website.

Qualification Reforms

Improving national VET qualifications across industry occupation clusters and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) has been identified as an immediate priority under the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform to strengthen the training system and support Australia’s economic recovery.

To find out more about qualification reforms visit the Skills Reform website.