Apprentice of the Year 2021

John Andrew Apprentice of the Year Competition 2021 opening soon

Are you a locksmith apprentice who wants to test yourself against the best in the business? Or do you work with a locksmith apprentice who deserves acknowledgement for their skills?

If so, don’t miss this year’s John Andrew Apprentice of the Year Competition (JAAOTY), which recognises the next generation of high achievers in the Australian and New Zealand locksmith industry.

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, both world-class manufacturing facilities. This is without doubt the best prize in locksmithing anywhere in the world.

If you missed out when last year’s competition was cancelled due to coronavirus, don’t worry – you’ll still be eligible to enter this year. Any locksmith apprentices employed by a Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia Business Member is eligible to enter (terms and conditions apply).

2019 Apprentice of the Year Jesse Shepherd

How to enter

The competition, run by the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia (MLAA), tests a range of locksmithing skills

, including:

  • Lock picking
  • Lock impressioning
  • Lock fitting
  • Master keying
  • Safes – mechanical & electronic
  • Automotive – mechanical & transponder
  • Electronic security

Testing will be held in early September at the premises of K J Ross Security Locks in Knoxfield, Victoria, with the MLAA to cover the cost of airfares, accommodation, transfers and meals for finalists.


About the Award

The John Andrew Apprentice of the Year Competition honours the memory of the late John Andrew, who was the Association’s inaugural Life Member and a winner of the AL Chantry Memorial Award for the Pursuit of Excellence.

The Award is sponsored by long-time industry supporters LSC, Silca and ABUS.

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