Industry 4.0, the Future of Work and Skills: Building Collective Resources for the Canadian Aerospace Industry

C. Levesque, Cassandra Bowkett, Sara Perez-Lauzon, Blandine Emilien

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Abstract

Prior to the [Coronavirus Disease 2019] COVID-19 pandemic, demand for labour outstripped supply in the industry, resulting in labour shortages in many occupations. A major ongoing challenge is attracting a new generation of workers by offering good jobs and better work. The adoption of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is often presented as a way to increase the competitiveness of the industry, while improving the quality of work and increasing skills by reducing repetitive, routine tasks. This research in the Montreal and Toronto aerospace clusters has two objectives: (1) to better understand the impact of I4.0 on work and skills; and (2) to identify the conditions that will enable the various stakeholders to meet the challenges of I4.0 and future skills.

The research found that there is much variation between firms in terms of I4.0 adoption. Some firms are fully engaged and are currently operating a virtual factory, whereas others have yet to begin the turn towards I4.0. The impacts of I4.0 on work and skills vary, and they do not affect all workers nor affect them all in the same way. In both clusters (Montreal and Toronto), the central challenge of I4.0 and future skills is the production of collective resources.
Original languageEnglish
TypeIndustry and Policy facing report
Media of outputReport
PublisherFuture Skills Centre
Place of PublicationToronto
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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