A GLAZIER from Moonah-based business Jones & Rumley Glass has been named the Australian Glass and Glazing Association’s (AGGA) National Apprentice of the Year.
Dylan Baker, who completed his apprenticeship at Hobart Glass and Aluminium, won the right to represent the state at the national awards after winning the AGGA Tasmanian Apprentice of the Year.
The national award was announced at the association’s national conference in Adelaide on 19 August.
Glazing is in Dylan’s blood with his father, Steve, also working as a glazier.
Dylan said he remembered accompanying him to the workshop on weekends from a very young age.
“The smell of a glazing workshop is so recognisable,” he said.
“When I started my apprenticeship at 17-years-old, I could still remember the smell from back when I was five.”
Both Dylan and his father were “chuffed” when he won the award.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all and it’s all still very exciting,” Dylan said.
“I nearly crash-tackled [former employer] John Ryan when the announcement was made.”
Dylan said in addition to the fantastic on-the-job training he received during his apprenticeship at Hobart Glass and Aluminium, TasTAFE Glazing teachers Scott Luttrell and Colin Lush had also made his apprenticeship a great experience.
“They were great teachers and made it a great experience – one day I’d even think about becoming a glazing teacher at TasTAFE,” he said.
Dylan completed a Certificate III in Glass and Glazing at TasTAFE in 2016 and is now a fully qualified glazier.
Caption: Dylan Baker, from Jones & Rumley Glass in Moonah, has won the title of National Apprentice of the Year at the Australian Glass and Glazing Association’s national conference in August.