Qualification Design Trials

Skills Organisation Pilots are undertaking qualification design trials to help address the changing skills needs of employers and individuals.

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Skills Ministers have agreed to trial new evidence-led approaches to qualifications, with trials to be run by the three Skills Organisation Pilots in Mining, Digital and Human Services.

The trials aim 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 Pilot (MSOP) is running 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 MSOP is developing a new apprenticeship for mobile plant diesel mechanics that incorporates critical skills from other occupations.

Find out more information from the MSOP - Project hubs page of the Minerals Council of Australia website. 

The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) Pilot is undertaking a qualification design trial to ensure digital training better meets the evolving skills needs of employers and individuals. As part of the trial, the DSO will work 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. More information about the trial is available.

Skills Organisation Pilots are undertaking the qualification design trials as part of immediate skills reforms agreed by Australian, State and Territory Skills Ministers, under the auspices of the Heads of Agreement for Skills Reform.

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 page.

Public consultation on Skills Reform priorities, including qualification design and industry engagement, commenced in December 2020. To find out more visit the Skills Reform page.