Joel Gurney

JG Lock Safe & Security | NSW

Please provide a short personal biography about yourself.
My name is Joel Gurney, I am 24 years old from Lithgow NSW and owner of JG Lock Safe & Security. I started the business in 2017 and now employ 4 staff including 2 qualified tradesman, a first year apprentice and a receptionist. We have 2 vans on the road and a retail shop.

I always envisioned owning my own company right from the day I started as a Locksmith Apprentice when I was 16 years old. It has had its challenges but it has made me mature extremely quickly!

In 2019 my partner and I purchased our dream home and we recently welcomed our beautiful little baby girl into the world in June this year.

What do you most enjoy about your work as a locksmith?
I enjoy the challenges our industry offers and how it has evolved over the past few years into electronic security.

Locksmithing is a trade where you never stop learning as there is always something new.

I also enjoy the feeling of being able to help someone in a bad situation, and provide customers with peace of mind security.

What key issues do you think will affect the locksmith industry in the coming decade and how do you think these should be approached?
The issues that our industry is currently facing is a large amount of suppliers selling cheap products and small handy men business performing unqualified work. This can make work for Locksmiths frustrating and trying to justify our line of work to the clients.

Ways we could fix this would be crack down on products that don’t meet our standards, make these products obsolete or unavailable in the Australian market for purchase. I’d like to standardise Locksmithing as a trade required for fitting door furniture & gaining entry to locks and/or performing Locksmith duties.

What does winning the award of ‘Australia’s Best Young Locksmith’ mean to you?
I believe I should be considered as Australia’s best young locksmith because of my achievements over to past few years & my continued drive to improve myself, my company & this industry.

 

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Australia’s Best Young Locksmith recognises the outstanding achievements by young locksmiths who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their field.

The ABYL award was an initiative developed by LSC in 2012 to continue our heritage of fostering passion, skill and commitment to locksmithing.

GENUINE PASSION FOR LOCKSMITHING
RECORD OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE
TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY & KNOWLEDGE
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT

The ABYL prize pack is received by the locksmith who most embodies the essence of the ABYL competition. The winner will receive the prize pack during their stay in Melbourne.

◼ ABYL TROPHY
◼ $2500 WORTH OF TOOLS & PRODUCTS
◼ $2000 TECHED VOUCHER
◼ $1000 TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
◼ Apple IPAD PRO