"We can break the challenges which face VET down into several distinct areas; each of which needs to be addressed on a constant basis."
"In the current environment, we need to be looking at skill sets that can be delivered to meet specific job needs rather than always focusing on full qualifications"
"When you have a new idea in your mind, getting it realized is often harder with the barriers and limitations of current technology"
It's about your relationship with yourself and the person you are trying to influence and support.
“Creativity can come from anywhere”
Reflection is a natural part of the learning process and all of us (kids and adults) need to do it more often and with each other.
“Find uses for a tool that even the designers never even envisioned”
"Tapping into students' interests and passions motivates creativity"
"Learning is ageless and timeless - it's not just a 21st-century 'thing'."
“I enjoy driving change and disrupting contemporary practices”
Technology makes creativity but the motivation must still come from within.
"It was a hit, and the rest is history!"
The ability to connect with those who challenge is a unique experience.
“I was once mistaken for George Clooney while teaching in Thailand. I guess all tall Americans look the same…”
"This may sound strange, but by far the most overrated topic in education right now is learning."
"The novelty of technology might trigger early, but fleeting, interest."
"I am there to be an architect of learning experiences, but students execute the lesson."
"Education provides the opportunity to grow, to change, to understand parts of ourselves and others".
"Our vocational education and training sector has much to offer, and I think this should be our positive focus."
"Consistent evidence points to creativity being one of the surviving areas of employability into the future."
"I have seen some brilliant learning tools—and some pretty poor ones, too".
"I try to teach using hands-on, inquiry approaches with relevant contexts."
"Technology can be transformative, but it needs to be used in the right way."
Martin Powell is the CEO of the VET Development Centre, whose experience working with ACPET and on the National Advisory for Tertiary Education Skills and Employment has established him as a prominent leader in the VET industry. He sits down with Reay Mackay, founder and managing director of aXcelerate, to discuss his experiences in the industry.