n Skills at Work: Theory and Practice Journal - Preparing the workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1815-3666


The world of work in the next five years and beyond will be significantly different from today’s workplace. The disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are changing the way we work and live, and what it means to work. Most experts predict massive changes in occupations that require new skills sets, accompanied by the demise of many occupations; large-scale job losses and a growing ‘un-working’ class whose skills will be replaced by robots; artificial intelligence and technology that has not even been conceptualised as yet.

This article aims to assist leaders in government, the private sector and other institutions to understand the major shifts resulting from the exponential pace of change that is the hallmark of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The motivation is to inspire leaders and individuals to proactively respond to the challenges and to rethink current skills strategies in order to prepare the current and future workforce for Industry 4.0.

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