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Apprenticeship in Locksmithing

The UK’s first locksmith apprenticeship

The final intake went through the training at the MLA in early 2017, after government funding ceased for locksmithing.

Work is being done on generating the new ‘trailblazer apprenticeship’ and more details will be added to this page in due course.  [ PAGE LAST UPDATED JULY 2020 ]

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    Details of the previous apprenticeship system are below…

    The Master Locksmiths Association has developed the UK’s first locksmith specific apprenticeship. An apprenticeship in Locksmithing will help you progress in the locksmith industry.

    With the lack of government regulation of the locksmith industry and even the lack of recognition of locksmithing as a true profession, the MLA decided to do something about it and fund the development of the UK’s only nationally recognised qualification and locksmith apprenticeship.

    There will be 2 off the job locksmith training courses included in the formal apprenticeship scheme – the MLA’s 5-day beginners locksmith course and opening course, as well as students learning on the job with their employer.

    Apprentices will be regularly assessed by an MLA assessor to ensure that skills in the required areas are being developed.

    Educational Requirements.

    It is important to note that there are some specific requirements for English and Maths skills for those taking the locksmith apprenticeship.

    What are the English & Maths Requirements?

    The requirements are summed up in the graphic below ( click to view full size )

    Locksmith apprenticeship requirements larger image

    What If I Don’t Meet The Requirements?

    If the apprentice doesn’t meet these requirements then they can either get them before taking the apprenticeship (n.b. local college or further education centre) or they can take a course run by Skills for Security (depending on age there may be a cost associated with this).

    What Is Covered in the Locksmith Apprenticeship?

    The areas covered by the apprenticeship are split into various sections.

    There are 5 mandatory topics:

    • Reducing the risks to health and safety at work
    • Communicate effectively with others
    • Conduct dynamic risk assessments during the locksmith activities
    • Key system design and locks assembly
    • Cut and provide keys

    Then there is a choice of either:

    • Prepare and maintain equipment and machines

    Or

    •  Meet customers need locksmith information & advice

    and

    •  Maintain security of customers keys & records during locksmith activities

    And finally any 2 of the following:

    •       Provide a complex quotation for security devices and door hardware
    •       Provide a simple quotation for security devices and door hardware
    •       Survey sites to collect information for the specification, installation and
      maintenance of security devices and door hardware
    •       Diagnose and rectify faults on security devices and door hardware
    •       Open security devices to gain access to property and equipment
    •       Install security devices and door hardware

    Is there funding available?

    The short answer is YES.

    • 16 – 18 Years Old – the course is fully funded.
    • 19+ Years Old – apprenticeship is partly funded with 50% employer contribution.

    For more information on grants and funding:

    Do I get a Qualification?

    The short answer is YES, whilst the MLA led the way with the development of the first NVQ for Locksmithing a number of years ago.

    The association has continued to help the industry develop by funding the locksmith apprenticeship.

    Those who successfully pass the apprenticeship will have a  Level 2 Certificate in Locksmithing –  the only nationally recognised qualification that currently exists for locksmiths.

    Don’t be fooled by the marketing hype from some training organisations, they don’t offer qualifications, they are simply “tailored awards” which means certain criteria set by the awarding body have been met – and some not insignificant fees have been paid.

    So if you’re looking to start your career in Locksmithing, consider the apprenticeship as the way of getting an actual qualification, and if you’re an employer and want staff to get qualified, then consider putting them on the apprenticeship.

    Testimonials From Past Course Attendees

    To see what working locksmiths have thought of this course in the past and how it has benefitted their business.

    Despite spending nearly 3 years within the industry – the formal training clarified a lot of info that I hadn’t picked up in the locksmithing trade
    Harry McGinley | Newark & Sherwood Locksmiths

    I would definitely recommend the course as I think it’s ideal if you’re starting from scratch and want to learn the basics of locksmithing in an easily digestible format!
    – Conor Watson | Haines Security

    As the apprenticeship scheme has now ceased, sadly the above apprenticeship is currently on hold.

    For information about our beginners locksmiths courses please contact our head office via our freephone number 0800 783 14 98 or contact us via the website:

    Further Reading

    Training Course Dates

    11-15 Jul 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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    Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

    Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

    15-19 Aug 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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    Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

    Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

    17-21 Oct 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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    Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

    Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

    14-18 Nov 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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    Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

    Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

    12-16 Sep 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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    Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

    Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

    12-16 Dec 2022

    5 Day Beginners Course

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    Member Price: £1525 | Non-Member Price: £1660

    Master Locksmiths Association, 1 Prospect Park, Valley Drive, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 1TF

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