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NMIT Locksmith is 2010 Apprentice of the Year

13 Oct 2010

NMIT Locksmithing apprentice Kyle Bevans has been named Apprentice of the Year by the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia's (MLAA).

Kyle received his award at the MLAA Lock & Security Expo at Jupiter's Casino on the Gold Coast on October 2. The 21-year-old, who is employed at Bendigo Locksmiths, won an all expenses paid two-week trip to Italy and Germany, where he and his employer, Peter Gallivan will visit locksmithing manufacturers Silca and Abus.

Kyle, a graduate of the NMIT Certificate III in Locksmithing, completed seven hours of tests which included both theory and practical components to take out the title. “I'm really stoked about it. It felt really surreal,” he says.

NMIT locksmithing teachers helped prepare Kyle for the competition, which NMIT students have won on a record 14 occasions since it began 18 years ago.

“They told me what to expect and how to prepare myself. On the day I managed to get everything done. The hardest thing was trying to focus. I basically did a couple of days work in a matter of hours.”

Kyle says the award will help progress his career. “It's good to be acknowledged.” He is planning to do more training in specialised areas such as alarms and digital safes.

“The trip will be a good life experience and I'll be able to have a look at different product lines in the industry,” he says.

NMIT Locksmithing course coordinator Max Cherry says the locksmithing industry is changing and there are plenty of opportunities for locksmiths to diversify. Former winners from NMIT have gone on to work in government agencies including ASIO. Others have set up successful locksmithing businesses. “At NMIT, the staff work hard to make sure apprentices have a high level of competency,” he says.

The MLAA Apprentice of the Year award is open to all fourth year apprentices.

 

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