Locks open doors to Europe for Adam

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Landsdale resident, Adam Burling, has been recognised for his outstanding locksmithing skills and named Australian Locksmith Apprentice of the Year.

The Challenger TAFE Locksmith Apprentice’s prize is a fantastic trip to visit the ABUS Lock and SILCA Key factories in Germany and Italy respectively.

With this win, Adam has proven that he works well under pressure: especially since he was able to finish seven hours of practical exams with a near-perfect score the day after his wife came home from hospital with their newborn twins.

Adam is now at the end of his 4-year apprenticeship having completed the Certificate III in Locksmithing at Challenger TAFE’s Fremantle Campus.

Of the five students from Challenger TAFE that were in the final stage of the locksmith apprenticeship this year, three made it into the top three of the national competition. Wellard resident, Jake McDonald, came second and William Barrett of Thornlie came third. They shared their places with Melbourne NMIT TAFE students.

“The students this year were an amazing group. They were extremely motivated and were always joking about becoming the Apprentice of the Year. Well, Adam has now proven that he is just that!” said Challenger TAFE Lecturer, Brian Tisdale.

Adam, who was awarded the prize by representatives of ABUS and SILCA, intends to continue his career with his employer ASA Locksmiths.

“I’m happy that they gave me the opportunity to do this apprenticeship,” he said.

“It has dramatically improved my technical skills and has made me think much more seriously about my career. Especially with those two new little mouths to feed at home!

“Visiting the ABUS and SILCA factories will be a great experience. As soon as we feel confident to travel with the children, we will take them on an unforgettable family adventure.”

The competition was organised by the Master Locksmith Association of Australasia (MLAA) and is open to all locksmith apprentices across Australia.

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