Cyber Skills Pilot Progam

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Help us ensure cyber graduates can deliver immediate impact in your business.

We are calling on industry to help us close the skills capability gap in cyber. In an Australian first, the Canberra Cyber Hub and Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) are taking the lead develop a National Skills Standard for cyber security.

The Skills Standard is being co-designed with small, medium and large companies to identify the cyber workforce needs from an employer perspective.

As a cyber professional you have a unique insight into your organisation’s needs - your input is vital to ensure the Skills Standard is fit for purpose.

The survey only takes 5 minutes to answer simple and easy questions around your cyber skills needs.

This is an exciting opportunity for businesses to get involved to shape the future of cyber – have your say today!


A new 12-month pilot program has been launched in Canberra to solve the cyber skills shortage


The Canberra Cyber Hub, ACT Government and Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) have partnered together to deliver a pilot program aimed at increasing the skilled workforce in cyber security.


Cyber security is a key capability sector for the ACT economy however the growth of a skilled workforce is critical to the ongoing development of the sector.


This new program will help to increase Canberra’s skilled workforce in cyber security and meet the needs of business and industry over the coming years by trialling the development of a new National Skills Framework for cyber security.


“A new national skills standard for cyber security will inform the future development of the ACT’s cyber security workforce, supporting jobs growth and signalling the ACT’s leadership in developing cyber security skills and capability,” said Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Patrick Kidd, CEO of the Digital Skills Organisation said the pilot program will help identify which skills will be needed in the future.


“Working with employers, the DSO will help to define a standard to describe the skills required for an entry level professional in cyber security. This is a significant change which simplifies the skilling system.


“This is a great opportunity to co-design cyber skills training with employers, while opening up more accessible and diverse pathways in this profession.


“The consistent application of an employers' standard will provide clear guidance to training providers on priorities and is something which learners can be assessed against. This will give confidence to employers about the people they employ,” said Mr Kidd.


The Canberra Cyber Hub is calling on local industry to take part in designing the standard by participating in a survey and upcoming workshops to help identify the gaps and grow a pool of diverse cyber professionals as quickly as possible.


“Through this process we are dedicated to working with the Digital Skills Organisation, the ACT Government and Canberra’s world-class cyber security industry to drive business growth and to develop the skilled workforce which is critical to driving the industry’s success and capability for both Canberra and the nation,” Dr Michael Frater, Chair of the Canberra Cyber Hub said.


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