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David Monahu – 2012 MLAA Apprentice of the Year

Congratulations to David Monahu from Omega Security Solutions (Victoria) on being crowned the 2012 MLAA John Andrew Apprentice of the Year. David excelled in the new look AOY Test, receiving perfect scores for the Practical (60) and Master Keying (100) components. David narrowly edged out Goldfields Locksmiths (Western Australia) Ross Moore who received top marks in the Master Keying and 57 for the Practical section. 

It was a close fought race with David and Ross the two clear standouts, little separating (well, in fact the width of a strike plate) the apprentices. 

Silca and ABUS will provide David and his employer/Master with a fully paid trip to Silca’s factory and home base in beautiful Northern Italy and to ABUS’s plant near Cologne, Germany.

When asked about David’s contribution to Omega, Ben Dougall commented: 

Omega was thrilled to recently learn of David’s achievement in winning the MLAA Apprentice of the Year Award. This award is steeped in history and has always been highly regarded throughout the locksmithing fraternity. 

While it was a pleasant surprise for all of his colleagues at Omega, the management team weren’t as shocked as we knew from the start that David possessed not only the ability but the aptitude to achieve such a feat. 

When David first approached Omega enquiring if we were interested in starting him as an apprentice, it was a bit out-of-left- field at the time. It wasn’t on our radar (hiring an apprentice) and kids these days very rarely walk in off the street and ask to work. After a series of apprenticeship dropouts, we hadn’t entertained the thought of a new apprenticeship for some time and we certainly hadn’t been approached to do so. 

It was therefore a surprise when David walked into our shop and enquired about the possibility of giving him a start. 

They say that first impressions count for a lot and I recall at the time there was something different about David and it wasn’t his long hair and pony tail. 

He came across as a well-spoken, mature aged kid who was very keen to learn and apply himself to the trade. It was this first impression that convinced David Thomas and myself to give him a go and from day one he rewarded us with the type of endeavour and work ethic you wish for in all employees. In fact, I can’t recall any monumental stuff-up’s or moment’s where we questioned David and his ability. 

He has been exemplary from the start and his results at NMIT have supported this. We hold him in high regard and we’re confident that he’ll go a long way in the industry if he continues to follow his dream and apply himself in the manner of his first four years. 

On behalf of the team at Omega, we would like to thank the MLAA and all of the sponsors of this award for their generous support. We also acknowledge the team at NMIT for their training and guidance with not only David but all of the apprentices. Lastly, we congratulate David on this tremendous achievement and we hope he enjoys the trip to Europe.

In a side note, the first ever recipient of the Apprentice of the Year (prior to TAFE) was Colin Hobday. Colin still works at Omega Security Solutions and assisted David throughout his apprenticeship. 

Thank you to Mark Johnson (LSC), Bastian Rutenkolk (ABUS) and Gabriele Villa (Silca) for your continued support and sponsorship of the Apprentice of the Year.