Tassie salmon man hooks top training gong
A TASMANIAN man has been named Australia’s Trainee of the Year for 2019.
Stephen Witkowski, 28, of Kingston, was given the top honour at the Australian Training Awards in Brisbane last night for his work for Tasmanian salmon producer Tassal.
Mr Witkowski started as a farm attendant with the company just three years ago, and is now an environmental officer.
His commitment to sustainable aquaculture landed him the nation’s top training honour.
“This award recognises someone who is absolutely outstanding in all aspects of their training,” Employment and Skills Minister Michaelia Cash said.
While Mr Witkowski initially went to university in Melbourne to do a Bachelor of Science and then honours in environmental studies, he credits his Cert III in Aquaculture with “bridging the gap” between the theory and the real world.
TasTAFE literary specialist Debra Guntrip was also honoured for excellence in language, literacy and numeracy training.
“Ms Guntrip has put her passion into engaging with students and cannot only be proud of this achievement but of the contribution she is making to the lives of students each day,” Ms Cash said.