When talking about the role vocational education and training (VET) plays in society, Max Lorenzin’s passion is palpable. As a lecturer at TAFE SA, with more than 20 years of training and teaching under his belt, Max knows how important and powerful VET is.
‘It’s critical because it connects hands-on training and everyday job possibilities,’ says Max. ‘It affirms skills and knowledge, which can be turned into assets for life.’
Max is a recognised leading practitioner in language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) training. He won 2013 South Australia VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year and was runner up to the national VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year at the 2013 Australian Training Awards, for his outstanding efforts in the field.
At the heart of Max’s role as a TAFE lecturer is building effective partnerships with students. ‘At TAFE SA, we teach across diverse study areas and cater for diverse learning needs and levels,’ says Max.
Max thinks of many student successes when discussing VET, including one from a remote community. ‘He was capable but had gaps in learning and so lacked confidence. He temporarily fell off the map for family reasons,’ says Max. ‘We worked with him when he returned. He became a switched-on learner and now has a career in Defence.’
For Max, winning the state award and being finalist in the nationals was a significant milestone. ‘It was a reward for putting in the hard yards and an inspiration to keep learning. It also gave me peer and industry recognition.’
Outside the classroom, Max has coordinated an assessment review for his faculty at TAFE SA.
‘The review was designed to develop and improve the quality of VET delivery and assessments,’ he says. ‘I also train trainers in LLN, which is important because LLN underpins the education system. Strong VET trainers help students achieve the competencies needed to advance.’
As an Australian VET Alumni member, Max is connected to other VET experts. ‘Without the Alumni we would work in isolation,’ he says. ‘Instead we support each other and benefit from wider and deeper reach.’
Max never misses an opportunity to talk about VET. ‘I will always promote the importance of giving people from all walks of life the opportunity to pursue accessible and affordable education,’ the award-winner says.
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