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New vessel and new courses hit the water

It has been an exciting few weeks with the commissioning of the Mariner and completion of new courses in the north of Tasmania.

Northwest students successful in New Apprenticeship Scholarship Program (NASP)

SMT would like to congratulate students Ryan Jenkins and Patrick Evans from Three Friends Abalone in Stanley. In September, both became the successful recipients of a $2000 grant as part of Skills Tasmania’s NASP.

Following their nomination in June, new trainees Ryan and Patrick were both awarded the grants as recognition for their keen application to studies in a Certificate III in Aquaculture.

‘I’m stoked that I have received the grant, the $2000 will help me participate in the Certificate III in Aquaculture and I hope that I can encourage others to participate,’ said Ryan Jenkins.

‘I’m really excited to be doing my Certificate III in Aquaculture and really appreciate being nominated for the grant.   I’m looking forward to learning more about aquaculture and meeting others in the industry,’ Patrick Evans said.

Congratulations to both students and thank you to Joel Gilby from Three Friends Abalone for supporting the traineeships.

Additional $2000 grants available for new workers 

The NASP program aims to assist apprentices and trainees in Northwest Tasmania.  The grants have the potential to assist with traineeship costs and the program specifically targets industries that are well placed to accommodate new trainees.  

NASP and the related grant scheme are designed to help students pay for fees, materials, transport and other items or services related to their studies.  It will help to reduce drop-out rates and increase the number of qualified, new, local employees entering the industry.

Skills Tasmania Northwest administers the program. 

Premier Jeremy Rockliff launches ‘Mariner’ 

We were very pleased to host the Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff, on 8 September, where he announced the name of our new training vessel, as a part of its launch.

Funded in collaboration with the TSIC and thanks to a government Grant, Mariner will help promote conversations about mental health by proudly wearing the Stay A Float branding and through the introduction of mental health conversation into all SMT courses.

Mariner will serve as a tender to the larger training vessel Navigator and contribute to Coxswain courses as part of the Cargo Loading Operations for the Master 24 and 35 qualifications.

The successful launch event was attended by around one hundred guests, including program leaders from Rural Alive and Well and the Stay Afloat partnership, TSIC and SMT team members, and boat builder James Onn from Tas Marine & Metal Fabrication.

Trial program for High School students

In August 2022, four students from Reece High School in Davenport completed a Certificate I in Seafood Industry as part of their Year 11 – 12 studies. 

The pilot program was funded by a regional Australian Government initiative and aims to prepare students for employment.  It was delivered by Amber Loone of Reece High School and Chadd Mumme of SMT.

We’re very pleased to offer this opportunity to school students and hope that all four graduates will enter the Tasmanian Seafood Industry, once they have completed their high school studies.

A new chapter of Elli after a decade with SMT

After 10 years with SMT, Traineeship & Compliance Officer Elli Frediani has decided to move on to a new opportunity in the education sector.  During her time at SMT, Elli has taken on various roles and always approached her work with a keen sense of collaboration with our industry peers.

We wish Elli all the best for her next move and thank her for her hard work, enthusiasm and kindness during her time at SMT.


2023 courses have now been released for enrolment

We are very pleased to announce that the 2023 course schedule and available places have now been released.  We encourage all industry partners, businesses and individuals to explore our website for more information, and to contact us to discuss any specific training needs. 

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