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

Disruptive technologies are influencing the demand for skills in many occupations. This report provides insights into the potential implications for vocational education and training (VET) of ‘disruptive technologies’ associated with Industry 4.0 from the perspective of industry (technology users) and innovators (technology producers). The research found that there are barriers that prevent VET from better developing the skills required for disruptive technologies. These include: the lack of integration between the VET and higher education sectors; resourcing constraints and continual restructuring with the VET sector; and the limitations of training packages.