Lindsay Kliendienst, centre, with his tutor Mark Nixon, right, and Grafton Locksmiths owner Neil Hayton.
Lindsay Kliendienst, centre, with his tutor Mark Nixon, right, and Grafton Locksmiths owner Neil Hayton.

Lindsay the best locksmith student

NO-ONE would want Grafton’s Lindsay Kliendienst trying to break into their house.

It’s not because he’s scary or a criminal; it’s because Linsday has recently been recognised as the best locksmith student in New South Wales.

Lindsay, 24, will graduate from his Certificate III in Locksmithing from the Sydney Institute next month with the prestigious Allan Axford Memorial Award.

The award is given to the student with the highest aggregate score achieved over the three-year-long course, and is named after a Sydney master locksmith who helped instigate the locksmith apprentice training at the Sydney Institute in 1981.

The Institute, in Ultimo, is the only locksmith training centre in the State.

One of Lindsay’s tutors and head teacher Mark Nixon said he ‘wasn’t surprised’ to see Lindsay’s name at the top of his 75-member cohort.

“He’s definitely one of the high achievers,” Mr Nixon said. “Whenever a task of his wasn’t to a high enough standard, he would go back and do it again.”

Mr Nixon said Lindsay achieved distinctions in nearly all 35 practical and theoretical units.

Lindsay, who has worked for Grafton Locksmiths on Fitzroy Street while studying for his qualification, said he ‘still’ couldn’t believe he was receiving the award.

“I didn’t even think I’d be in the running for something like that,” the now fourth-year apprentice said. “It was very much a surprise for me... As far as I was concerned, there were a lot of guys better than me.”

Lindsay said the highlight of his course was the friendships he formed with other students. “I learnt so much from them.”

Some of the units covered in the Certificate III in Locksmithing include key cutting and identification; lock installation and manipulation; automotive electronics; and safe opening.



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