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29 Nov 2019 - Tasmania takes out national training awards

Tasmania’s vocational education and training (VET) sector has been recognised with four national awards at the 26th Australian Training Awards in Brisbane last night.

The Australian Training Awards are the highest recognition of excellence in vocational education and training in the country.

Stephen Witkowski from Kingston, who did his training with Seafood and Maritime Training and Tassal, took out the national Trainee of the Year Award for commitment to the aquatic environment and applying his VET skills to take on roles and studies all over Australia.

Debra Guntrip of Devonport from 26TEN and TasTAFE was recognised for commitment to improving the adult literacy and numeracy skills of employees in Tasmania to ensure workforces are equipped to support employees with low literacy.

Crusader Homes based in New Norfolk was named national Small Employer of the Year for commitment to giving the young Tasmanian apprentices an enjoyable and high-achieving experience and never to have them be out of pocket for their skills education.

Circular Head Christian School was recognised with the national School Pathways to VET Award for commitment to providing quality learning opportunities in Years 10-12 that are specifically pathway focussed for each student.

These high achieving Tasmanians took out the national awards against national finalists from across Australia.

With more than 8 800 apprentices and trainees currently in VET in Tasmania, those coming through the system will become an important part of our workforce and economy.

These awards highlight just some of the great work being done in vocational education and training and prove that it is one of the best pathways for young Tasmanians to find a rewarding life-long career.

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