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Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy Public Seminar

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Frank Tate Room (Level 9)

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

100 Leicester Street

Carlton, VIC 3053

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The Challenges of Industry 4.0 for Work and Literacy Education Policy

The Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education 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? These questions will be the focus of this symposium. Our aim is 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.


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Industry 4.0: From workplaces to workspaces - Professor Lesley Farrell

Vocational education and training for Industry 4.0 - Dr Mary Leahy

Career guidance for Industry 4.0 - Dr Suzanne Rice

Industry 4.0 and the revolution in literacy - Dr Chris Corbel

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Melbourne Graduate School of Education

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