The John Andrew Apprentice of the Year Competition (JAAOTY) recognises the next generation of high achievers in the locksmithing industry in Australia and New Zealand.
Competitors get the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a practical testing environment. The tasks include picking and impressioning, lock fitting, electronic safe lock installation and programming, producing and programming an automotive key and masterkeying.
The major sponsors of the JAAOTY Competition are LSC, Silca and ABUS, with the winner and their mentor receiving a fully funded trip to Europe to visit the Silca factory in Italy and the ABUS factory in Germany, both world-class manufacturing facilities.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the competition from being held in 2020, but the JAAOTY Competition is back in 2021 and a new winner added to the honour roll.
This annual award honours the memory of the late John Andrew who was the Association's inaugural Life Member and a winner of the A.L. Chantry Memorial Award for the Pursuit of Excellence. Eligible apprentices employed by MLAA Business members in Australia and New Zealand are invited to participate.
The test covers Picking, Impressioning, Lockfitting, Master Keying and General Knowledge.
LSC is proud to be a major supporter of the Award. The winner of the competition and their mentor receive a fully funded trip to Europe to visit the Silca factory in Italy and the ABUS factory in Germany.
- Testing will be conducted during August 2019 at KJ Ross Security Locks in Victoria
- Travel costs of the applicant will be covered by the MLAA
- Applications are now closed
- Click here for the Terms & Conditions
2019 Apprentice of the Year - Jesse Shepherd
|Year||Apprentice of the Year||Branch||Employer|
|2000||Chris Verbolle||VIC||Stewarts Security Specialists|
|2001||David Overend||NZ||James Bull & Co|
|2002||Eric Yornsten||NZ||Armstrong Locksmiths|
|2003||Nathan De Rooy||NSW||Brian Preddey Locksmiths|
|2004||Andrew Worsfold||QLD||Northside Locksmiths|
|2005||James Methven||VIC||Echuca Locksmiths|
|2006||Shane Cook||VIC||Echuca Locksmiths|
|2007||Bradley Wheeler||VIC||East Gippsland Keys & Locks|
|2008||Adam Burling||WA||SAS Locksmithing Services|
|2009||Robert Jeges||VIC||API Security - Moorabbin|
|2010||Kyle Bevans||VIC||Bendigo Locksmiths|
|2012||David Monahu||VIC||Omega Corporate Security|
|2013||Daniel Kolosi||VIC||Corporate Locksmiths|
|2014||Nicholas Smith||QLD||Keycut Services Pty Ltd|
|2016||Peng (Leo) Guo||VIC||A.S.A.P. Locksmiths|
|2017||Zach Winslade||NSW||Independent Locksmiths & Security|
|2018||Riley Davison||VIC||A.S.A.P. Locksmiths|
|2019||Jesse Shepherd||SA||Valley Locksmiths & Security|