Thousands of apprentices, trainees and employees to benefit from digital skills pilot project

The National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) and the Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) today announced the establishment of a pilot program to examine ways to better assess, incorporate and fast-track digital skills in the apprenticeship sector.

At a time when digital skills are becoming increasingly important, the pilot project will enable large numbers of apprentices and trainees, as well as their employers, to assess and improve digital literacy in the workplace.

Under the initiative, DSO will provide access to digital assessment and upskilling tools, and NAEN will facilitate the engagement of member group training organisations (GTOs) who employ apprentices and trainees.

The announcement was made at the NAEN Conference in Hobart today.

Dianne Dayhew, NAEN Chief Executive Officer, said the need for digital literacy and fluency is growing across all industries, and apprentices and trainees are at the forefront of this change.

“We are very excited to be working with the DSO. We think this is the ideal time to collaborate and help the next generation to meet the challenges of the digital landscape.”

Patrick Kidd, the CEO of DSO said, “NAEN has an incredibly broad network that, combined with the right digital upskilling pilot, will provide benefits, not only to individuals but also to their employers through improved business performance.”

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