Snap-on Tools Apprentice Of The Year Announced


Snap-on Tools is proud to announce the winners of their annual Apprentice Of The Year (AOTY) Award. Now in its eighth year, AOTY has established itself as one of the region’s most prestigious award for recognising apprentices from Australia and New Zealand.

The respected group of industry representatives chosen as judges had the unenviable task of finding a stand-out candidate amongst an impressive field of entries from both countries. There could be only one though, with Martin Brown, from Townsville Australia being named the winner of the 2016 Apprentice Of The Year.

Martin was selected from a wide range of industry entries as diverse as the automotive, heavy vehicle, marine, aviation and defence force fields, after exhibiting the qualities of a knowledgeable, well rounded apprentice who displayed great aptitude and technical ability in his field.

To help assist Martin’s career, courtesy of Snap-on, his reward is a stunning $13,500 prize package that includes a comprehensive Snap-on Tools prize pack, plus a spectacular 54” Classic Roll Cab to store his tool collection.

“A big thank you to Snap-on Tools Australia & New Zealand for the support and opportunities they are giving to apprentices. Snap-on Tools quality and service are second to none. This award will remain a highlight of my career. Thank you for the award and amazing prize,” said Martin.

The Snap-on Tools Apprentice Of The Year program also features the ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Contribution to Armed Forces’ award categories. This year’s Rising Star was Manroop Singh from Ocean Shore Australia. and the Contribution to Armed Forces winner, Jacob Marshall from Fielding NZ. Both winners will share from a prize pool worth over $5,000.

“Thank you to all the team at Snap-on. I received my roll cab for winning the Contribution to Armed Forces category as part of this year’s Apprentice of the Year Award. I can’t wait to fill it up with more Snap-on Tools,” said Jacob.

For Martin, Jacob and Manroop, the prizes are an investment from Snap-on in their own careers. The benefits go far beyond the tools and tool boxes however, with the awards not only strong recognition of their hard work, but also providing potential to open other career doorways.

“It’s so great to see the Apprentice Of The Year program such a widely respected and worthy award within the industry.  The program was designed to give back to the community, provide apprentices something to strive for and an opportunity to be recognised,” said Snap-on Marketing Manager, Ryan Mandelson.

“This year’s winners are thoroughly deserving of the recognition they are receiving and congratulations to Martin, Manroop and Jacob on their achievements from everyone at Snap-on Tools Australia and New Zealand,” said Ryan. 

To learn more about the Snap-on Tools Apprentice Of The Year program and to see Snap-on’s quality tool range for yourself, head to