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Our team of ILSS graduated ApprenticesApprenticeship Program

Every year at Independent Locksmiths & Security we take on a new Locksmith Apprentice.  We enjoy creating learning opportunities for young applicants so they can take their first steps in work and we help them grow and develop throughout their Apprenticeship.

There are so many benefits of investing in an Apprenticeship scheme and the rewards it can bring to a business and industry. Many of our long serving Technicians and Management have been with us since this first stage.

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

Apprentice of the Year 2017

MLAA John Andrews Apprentice of the Year award

The Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia, at their recent Conference and Awards Gala in Geelong, announced Zachery Winslade, as the winner of the prestigious John Andrew Apprentice of the Year 2017.

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, Safe Diagnostics and General Knowledge. 

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 two points."

Zach was our latest tradesman to graduate through our Apprenticeship Program. This is a well deserved award for Zach who has always shown dedication, skill and professionalism at work. Since completing his apprenticeship he has been promoted to our Workshop Foreman and is now mentoring our new Apprentices. 

The MLAA award means a lot to the entire team at Independent. We have been very proud to have had 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 is a specialist in Masterkeying. 
We have a long held involvement with the MLAA. Our Director, Michael McGovern, joined the Association in 1975 and was elected to the Executive and then held office as President from 1981 to 1986. Our business has been a member of the Association now for over 40 years.

The award is sponsored by LSC, Silca and Abus, who provide an amazing prize being a trip to Europe to visit the factories of Abus in Germany and Silca in Italy. This will be Zach’s first trip to Europe and he’s heading off with Keiran McGovern, our Masterkeying Manager in 2018.


Zach is also in the running for LSC 2017 Australia's Best Young Locksmith.


"Young locksmiths do a great job of keeping homes and businesses secure. The need for more complex security is always increasing. We believe it is important to support talented young locksmiths to become the future leaders of our industry."

Mark Johnson, CEO of LSC

Current Apprentices

2017 / 2018 Apprentices


Harry Winslade ( Zach's younger brother)

Rhys Holman

Mitchell Judge

Oisin Donohoe

Tony Nguyen

Peter Irwin

Dylan Brown



Dylan has come on board in partnership with the Parramatta Eels Junior Rep Team.  

The NRL like to establish their young reps with an apprenticeship to accompany their rugby career. Dylan started on a school-based apprenticeship, where the apprentice studies their trade at TAFE one day a week, has on the job training one day a week and goes to school to complete their HSC 3 days a week.

With many passionate Eels supporters here at Independent, we look forward to following Dylan's rugby career at the Eels while he is with us.

 Dylan Brown apprentice 2018