Tassie salmon man hooks top train­ing gong

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - CLAIRE BICKERS

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.

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