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Making clients feel safe is key to your success; Careers in ... Locksmithing Sally Jones opens the door on a skilled career choice.

What does a career as a locksmith involve? As a locksmith you would sell, install, repair and maintain locks for homes and businesses.

Work as a locksmith would involve fitting locks to doors and windows, servicing and repairing locks and other security devices, cutting copies of keys and making new keys, fitting combination locks and timing devices to safes, repairing locks for motor vehicles, providing a 24-hour call-out service to people locked out of their home or business, providing an emergency service after breakins, securing doors, changing locks and resetting security systems and advising customers on the most suitable locks or safety devices for their needs.

You may also sell, install and maintain other security mechanisms and systems and fit safes and security devices like closed circuit television. As a locksmith you could specialise in a particular area like repairing and key cutting for antique locks.

You would usually work around 40 hours a week which could include evenings and weekends. If you work for a firm that provides a 24-hour service, you may have to work some nights to respond to emergency call-outs.

What skills are needed? As a locksmith you would need excellent practical skills, good communication and customer-care skills, a patient approach, with the ability to pay attention to detail, carpentry and metalwork skills, problem-solving skills and an interest in electronic and mechanical equipment.

What training do you need? As a trainee locksmith, you would receive on-the-job training. You can develop your skills and knowledge, and keep up to date with new products by completing Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) short courses. Depending on your training, you may be able to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Locksmithing.

You can train as a locksmith by taking courses through the British Locksmiths Institute, which is part of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA). The MLA is recognised as the authoritative body for locksmithing by the police, Home Office, the British Standards Institute and the Association of British Insurers.

What is the salary? Figures are guideline only. Trainees can start at around PS13,000 a year. With experience, earnings can range from PS14,000 to over PS25,000.


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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jan 22, 2015
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