Jye nails top gong for con­struc­tion ap­pren­tice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

JYE Innes has ham­mered the op­po­si­tion by win­ning the cov­eted Far North Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Ap­pren­tice Award.

The fourth-year ap­pren­tice nailed his award on Fri­day night at the Skill360 Aus­tralian Em­ploy­ment and Train­ing Awards in Cairns.

Jye first started his ap­pren­tice­ship in 2008 with Port Dou­glas Builders and said he was thrilled to win and en­joyed work­ing for busi­ness own­ers James Dormer and Mike Clarke.

“I’d like to thank all the guys for the train­ing and help they have given me in the past four years be­cause I re­ally en­joy be­ing a builder,” Jye said.

“It’s tough work es­pe­cially in the wet sea­son when it’s hot and steamy but that’s my job and so I’ve just got to get on with it.

“Also work­ing for the guys at Port Dou­glas Builders is just great be­cause they have taught me a lot and they look af­ter me and the other work­ers very well.”

Mr Dormer said that he was very happy for Jye.

“He is a good young bloke and a good worker and de­serv­ing of his win,” Mr Dormer said.

“We are thrilled that he has told us he will stay on with us af­ter he com­pletes his ap­pren­tice­ship in June.”

And now that he knows how to build a house, he in­tends to build his own - with a lit­tle bit of help from his friends.

“I’m sav­ing fran­ti­cally and I’m hop­ing I’ll get the $21,000 first home­buy­ers grant as well to help me and if that all falls into place I’ll start build­ing as soon as I can,” Jye said.

“The guys can do all the heavy work and I’ll help by keep­ing the cool drinks up to them - oh, and make sure they stick to the time­frame and keep on bud­get.”

Job well done: ap­pren­tice Jye Innes

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