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|Due to health reasons I chose to re-train for a new career as a Locksmith. After carefully examining all training courses available online, I chose to undertake a course with A1 SAS in November 2008, as it was certainly the most comprehensive in both detail and length available.|
The three week long course was extremely comprehensive, covering all aspects of what I needed to know to have as good a grounding as possible to start a new career in Locksmithing. My own personal circumstances with regard to training, meant that I had exclusively one to one training with Mr Bob Curry, an extremely experienced locksmith who, additionally, has a pedigree military background as well...
The first two weeks are spent in Workshops at the Company Training Centre. Despite my only prior knowledge of locks being from using them, I learned (only a small part of the total knowledge gained) to fresh-fit mortice and cylinder locks, and pick them open non-destructively, all in the first week. By end of play of monday, week two, I had managed to pick a conventional floor standing safe!
Of course, they say the real learning starts when you get out in the field, and after completing the exams on the second friday, I had a weekend at home then was seconded to Mold and Marches Locksmiths for hands-on experience with Mr Neil Jones for the third week. This gave me the opportunity to put into practice all that Mr Bob Curry had taught me. Though I'm not a naturally 'quick learner', I found myself completing tasks I would have thought impossible before my training.
Successfully completing the training has gained me a NCFE accredited Diploma in General Locksmithing, Level Three. This is rated by the NQF (National Qualifications Framework, a Government standards body) as an equivalent in difficulty levels, between A-Level and OND. The Diploma (as opposed to 'Award' or 'Certificate', signifies the large volume of work necessary to achieve the qualification.
In summary, you can't learn a trade overnight which at one time was achieved by being apprenticed for several years before competence, but by undertaking this course, I have received the best grounding possible to take me forward into a new and satisfying career. Since February 2009 I have been trading my own business (Morris Locksmiths) successfully, and work and good reputation increases daily. Both Bob Curry and Neil Jones have given me the patience and confidence to deal with most of the day to day situations I'm called to, and if needed, help is a telephone call away should I need it!
Posted : 12 Aug 2009