The Fourth Industrial Revolution: the implications of technological disruption for Australian VET

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Seet, Pi-Shen
Jones, Janice Therese
Spoehr, John
Hordacre, Ann-Louise
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© Commonwealth of Australia, 2018
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Much discussion has occurred about the impact that technological disruption will have on the Australian workforce. A recent paper by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Skilling for tomorrow (Payton 2017), examines the various ways by which the growth in technological advance is reshaping the labour market, workforce and jobs. Despite uncertainty about the scale and nature of the effect, there is a growing consensus that Australia’s tertiary education system needs to change to meet the requirements of a future labour force focused on innovation and creativity. This research examines the relationship between emerging ─ or disruptive ─ technologies and the skills required, with a focus on the anticipated necessary skills from the perspective of both the innovators (technology producers) and industry (technology users). In this research the term ‘disruptive technologies’ refers to large-scale technology/market changes occurring through technological advances such as automation, advanced robotics and virtualisation.
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labour market, workforce, education and training needs, industry, providers of education and training, skill needs, skills and knowledge, technological change, technology, vocational education and training, workplace change
Seet, P, Jones, J, Spoehr, J & Hordacre, A 2018, The Fourth Industrial Revolution: the implications of technological disruption for Australian VET, NCVER, Adelaide.