Zach Winslade wins the MLAA John Andrew Apprentice of the Year Award 2017

    The Master Locksmiths Association of Australia held its Annual Conference in Geelong last month. Sean McGovern, Zach’s “Master” and General Manager Locksmiths and Keiran McGovern, Masterkeying Manager, accompanied Zach to the event, where the winner of the John Andrew Apprentice of the year 2017 was announced.

    The MLAA commented that this “award recognises the up-and-coming next generation of the trade. During a whole day of testing, that included a theoretical and practical part, the MLAA assessed the knowledge and skills of every participant individually. In a second step, industry specialists then reviewed and compared all workpieces to determine the quality of the work. Zach was successful against two strong competitors and won with just 2 points”.

    This is a well deserved award as Zach has always shown dedication and professionalism at Independent Locksmiths & Security. He is now the lucky recipient of an amazing prize, sponsored by LSC, Silca and Abus. Zach will be off to Europe next year with Keiran, to visit the factories of Abus in Germany and Silca in Italy. This will be Zach’s first trip to Europe.

    We have been very proud to have two previous Apprentices win this MLAA award. Jason Lane in 1992 and back in 1989 Wayne Eagles won the award. Wayne has been with our business for 30 years and is now one of our Business Development Managers and a specialist in Masterkeying.

    Independent Locksmiths & Security have a long held involvement with the MLAA. Our Director, Michael McGovern joined the Association in 1975. He was elected to the Executive and the held office as President from 1981 to 1986. We have been MLAA members for over 40 years. (Source)

    Our Apprenticeship Program
    Every year Independent Locksmiths & Security take on a new Locksmith Apprentice and many of our long serving Technicians have been with us since this first stage.

    Our latest apprentice is Dylan Brown, who is also a member of the Parramatta Eels Junior Rep Team. The NRL like to establish their young reps with an apprenticeship to accompany their rugby career. The Parramatta Eels approached us when Dylan expressed an interest in a locksmith apprenticeship.

    Our Apprenticeship Program has certainly been rewarding for our business.

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