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From bolt cutters to laser cutters, tech school ain’t what it used to be

Not so long ago, technical schools trained young men and women for established trades that would provide them a job for life. Now they must prepare them for a future we can’t even imagine. Jenina Ibañez reports. 


Audio report by Jenina Ibañez

The Victorian Government is spending $128 million building 10 new high-tech schools, complete with 3D printing labs, virtual reality technology, robots and simulation rooms. The idea is to equip students with the skills they need for jobs that don’t exist. Our reporter visits one of the first of them, Monash Tech School, to talk to students and their teachers about the challenges of preparing for an automated, globalised, fast-paced and connected future.


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