A Global Standard for Lifelong Learning and Worker Engagement to Support Advanced Manufacturing

The full benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be realized and broadly shared only if the workforce is provided with adequate opportunities for continuous training and is fully engaged in the processes of designing and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies and changing work systems. This will require new forms of collaboration from business, labour, education and government stakeholders.

We call for these six guiding principles to support the creation of international standards for lifelong learning and worker engagement in advanced manufacturing. The examples provide evidence of how some of these stakeholders are already working to manage the transformations in technology and work in this integrated fashion.

We encourage organizations participating in the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production to continue providing examples that help deepen our understanding of how these principles are being put to work in production processes around the globe. Doing so will help to build a well-informed consensus and broad support for establishing these principles as a new international standard for lifelong learning and worker engagement.

Our hope is that this will serve as a valuable input for discussion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos and that participants endorse these principles as a new global standard for lifelong learning and worker engagement in production in the digital age.

White Paper
1 November 2019