The challenges of Industry 4.0 for work and literacy education policy

Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy Public Seminar

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Centre for Vocational and Educational is examining the workforce needs of the workplaces and workspaces of the future. These workplaces are said to be in the middle of a ‘fourth industrial revolution’, often referred to simply as ‘Industry 4.0’. The emerging ‘smart’ factories in Industry 4.0 increasingly rely upon automation augmented by artificial intelligence, the crowdsourcing of tasks, and the use of freelance workers.

Established industries, such as manufacturing in Australia, have been disrupted by these changes, leading to job losses. There is a need to support transitions for existing workers into new jobs and the preparation of new workers for the workplaces of the future.

What are the implications of these changes for vocational literacy, training and careers guidance policy? This seminar will explore these questions, with the aim to stimulate debate, engage with stakeholders, and ultimately to inform policy and pedagogy, based not on predictions for the future but on a better understanding of what is happening in workplaces now.

Presenters:

  • Professor Lesley Farrell, Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education
  • Dr Chris Corbel, Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy
  • Dr Mary Leahy, Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy
  • Dr Suzanne Rice, Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy