Skillful apprentice joiner Jack Mills wins industry award

ALL SMILES: Ramien's Timber apprentice joiner Jack Mills said he was completely shocked when he was named as recipient of an industry award recently. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
ALL SMILES: Ramien's Timber apprentice joiner Jack Mills said he was completely shocked when he was named as recipient of an industry award recently. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo’s Jack Mills has been recognised as one of the top apprentices in NSW and ACT.

Mr Mills, an apprentice joiner at Ramien’s Timber, was recently announced as the recipient of the Apprentice Employment Network NSW and ACT’s 2017 Pooley Downing Award.

While he knew he had been nominated for Apprentice of the Year, Mr Mills said it was a complete surprise when he heard his name called for the award.

He’s been with Ramien’s Timber for 12 months.

“I enjoyed doing woodwork at school and Ramien’s put a thing out in all the schools looking for an apprentice. A mate of mine got it and then he moved somewhere else so I said ‘hey, are you still looking for someone?” Mr Mills said.

The job was a lot of fun, the apprentice said, and there was a great range of diversity.

“You don’t focus on just one thing here you do doors, you do screens, you do this one day ad that the other day, you never get bored,” he said.

Mr Mills said he would recommended the job to anyone who enjoyed waking up early, working with their hands and liked the smell of sawdust.

Lauren Ramien was full of praise for the apprentice.

“He’s a great problem solver when it comes to complex client requests. He’s always happy and a great member of the team. We’re really lucky to have him,” she said.

As well as the award, Mr Mills also received $500 which he said went straight towards tools.