Key to Opening New Doors

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Key to Opening New Doors


Byline: by Mary MORGAN

LEARNING a skilled trade doesn't have to involve a long apprenticeship.

Trainers are increasingly offering intensive short courses that give beginners all the knowledge they need to start out on their own.

The UK Locksmiths Association offers twoand three-day courses at a state-of-the-art training centre in Woodford Green, Essex.

One student who took the course late last year has earned [pounds sterling]10,000 in the past three months.

With Britons typically owning three keys each, there is potential for lots of call-outs.

And since security is always a concern for residents and businesses, locksmiths are able to weather economic crises better than most.

Recruits must be practical and personable and above all honest, because they will need to command the public's trust.

The UK Locksmiths Association teaches students in groups of up to four and the courses start every Monday, giving students minimal waiting times to begin their training.

The two-day course covers the essentials needed to set up as a mobile locksmith including rim cylinder and mortice lock picking and fitting, key cutting, garage locks and window locks, as well as advice on establishing a business. The third day covers important points in more depth.

Students who set up as mobile locksmiths can use the association's free helpline if they have queries about any aspect of their work.

Budding tradesmen looking to train around their current jobs should consider the Master Tiling School, based in Ilford, Essex. This year, it is launching new course formats and opening for weekend and evening courses for the first time.

Trainees can take an intensive week-long course which will give them a solid grounding in the basics. They can then build their own totally bespoke courses by choosing from dozens of different modules covering all aspects of the tiling trade, and studying at their own pace. …

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