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A Tasmanian glazier 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 and now works at Jones & Rumley Glass, 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. His father Steve is also a glazier and he remembers accompanying him to the workshop on weekends from a young age.

“The smell of a glazing workshop is so recognisable. When I started my apprenticeship at 17 I could still remember the smell from back when I was five,” Dylan said.

Understandably, Dylan’s dad was “chuffed” when he won the award and so was Dylan.

“I wasn’t expecting it at all. It’s still very exciting. I nearly crash-tackled (former employer) John Ryan when the announcement was made.”

Dylan said that as well as 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 they made it a great experience. One day I’d even think about becoming a glazing teacher at TasTAFE.”

Dylan completed a Certificate III in Glass and Glazing at TasTAFE in 2016 and is now a fully qualified glazier.

 

Tasmanian glazier named national apprentice of the year