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Discussion paper

The future nature of work is projected to experience rapid and disruptive change, meaning workers must prepare for evolving skills requirements. As jobs and industries are transformed, workers will require ongoing upskilling and reskilling to remain productive in the workforce. This signals the vital role of lifelong learning in the provision of contemporary, relevant and transferable skills.

The student journey: skilling for life is the theme for the 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’.

This year we look at how vocational education and training (VET) supports lifelong learners. We explore VET’s role in assisting lifelong learning and seek to understand how the VET system will need to transform itself to confront the challenges of an increasingly complex and changing world. We also explore the profile of the various lifelong learner types and how their needs often differ, and may change, over the life journey.

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