Search for top apprentices to be judged by industry heavyweights
The 2015 search for Australia and New Zealand’s top apprentices is set to begin, with entries
for the annual prestigious Snap-on Tools Apprentice of the Year now open. The high profile
award is in its seventh year, with hundreds of apprentices across heavy vehicle, marine,
aviation and automotive trades expected to be vying for the top prize.
A judging panel made up of respected heavyweights, including V8 Supercar Legend Michael
Caruso, will assess entries. Representatives from the Australian Army, Auto Skills Australia,
the Motor Traders Association and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association
make up the five-star panel.
The judges will be on the lookout for well-rounded and informed apprentices who have superior
technical ability and are excelling in their knowledge, skills and ability.
The overall winner will take home a prize package valued over $12,500, including a Snap-on
Tools product pack featuring all the essentials to set an apprentice up for life and a Flat Black
40-inch Roll Cab to store their growing tool collection in.
Snap-on Tools Apprentice of the Year also features the following award categories:
- Apprentice of the Year Rising Star: for a new apprentice showing talent and promise.
- Contribution to Armed Forces: for an apprentice who goes above and beyond to
service our armed forces.
Category award winners will receive a selection of prizes valued over $2,500. Entries and
nominations are open at www.snapontools.com.au from 1st July 2015.
Snap-on Tools Australia National Sales Manager, Steve Jones said “this year’s competition
continues to provide recognition of hard working apprentices across Australia and New
“Every year we are pleased to be able to invite apprentices across a wide range of industries –
including aviation, heavy machinery, bikes and the defence forces – to apply for the Apprentice
of the Year Award,” said Jones.
“Snap-on Tools prides itself on innovation and putting high quality tools into the hands of
professional technicians, mechanics and engineers around the world. So we’re looking to
provide recognition to the best apprentices across Australia and New Zealand.” said Jones.
Previous winners of the Snap-on Apprentice of the Year Award have certainly used the
recognition to their advantage. 2012 award winner, Steven Smolkowicz has progressed, rapidly
gathering new skills and new experiences as he advances in his career.
“The Snap-on award was great for me,” Steven said. “It helped me get to take part in other
workshops and I got to know great new people, expanding my network in the industry. Of
course the tools have been great, both at work and in fixing up my own car,” he said.
Steve is still with the same employer in Sydney as he was in 2012, although his work has
changed a little since then.
“I’ve got my ticket, of course, and I’m doing a Certificate IV in advanced diagnosis. Now I’m
getting into the business side of things, getting into the books, so that hopefully one day I can
run my own shop.”
Members of the Defence force are encouraged to enter as there is a special category award to
recognize the Defence Forces contribution to the development of technical skills in younger
The judging panel also includes Auto Skills Australia Training package specialist Stuart
Behrend; MTA NSW Senior Manager, Apprenticeship and Traineeship Delivery Matthew Frame;
and Snap-on Business Manager and auto engineer Alan Moon.
The competition opens on 1st July 2015 and closes 5pm 31 August 2015 at www.snapontools.com.au.