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Training Programme Announced for MLA Expo 2023

Training Programme Announced MLA Expo

We are thrilled to announce that our highly anticipated training programme for MLA Expo 2023 is taking shape! With each passing day, we are getting closer to delivering an exceptional experience for all attendees.

Join us from October 20th to 22nd at the International Centre, Telford, and explore our wide-ranging classes and seminars. With lots of sessions, several which will be free-of-charge, you’ll get the chance to sharpen your skills and advance your career.

This year we’re bringing you the most exciting and innovative programs that will take your expertise to the next level. From cutting-edge technology to the latest industry trends, we’ve got you covered.

Training Announced For MLA Expo

We’ve got some amazing highlights in store for you, including:

Safe Ventures Safe Decoders with Darren Foreman

Darren Foreman, a former Royal Marine, made the decision to become a full time Safe engineer in 2011. Since 2014 Darren has been the owner of Safe Ventures with a commitment to providing high quality tools to the industry. Darren is excited to share his knowledge with you during this training session. Get ready to dive deep into the world of Safe Ventures Decoders, including the 71111, Variator, Fichet, and RKL10. You’ll be treated to detailed briefs and hands-on demonstrations to help you become an expert in the field.

Turner-Staddon 114 Pick Masterclass with Jeff Turner and Terry Watts

The Staddon/Turner 114 roller pin and cam pick will 100% successfully open all the Chubb/Union 114 family of locks NDE in just a few minutes, including the 114E versions and even the original earlier models as well as some of the other manufacturer’s copies of the famous Chubb lock. This masterclass on using the 114 pick is heavily hands on and is designed to send all attendees away as skilled experts in its use.

Cylinder Impressioning

Advanced Impressioning Seminar with Oliver Diederichsen

In this seminar, we will be exploring the intricacies of advanced blank preparation techniques, specifically utilizing the cutting-edge easy entry profile cutter. We will also be discussing specialised tools that are typically reserved for government agencies. Additionally, Oliver will be showcasing a set of tools that were once utilized by the KGB and delving into their functionality.

Hands on introduction to Cylinder Impressioning with Alan Morgan

In this practical training session, you’ll gain valuable skills in this non-destructive entry method. Due to the hands on nature, we’ve kept this class sizes small, with a maximum of six participants, to ensure that you receive personalised attention and a tailored learning experience.

Stepped Key Cutting to Lock and Pattern, Safe Keys with Chris Taylor

The course is aimed at, but not restricted to, those who are competent at cutting keys to the Union (Chubb) detainer range lock employing handed down traditional methods to achieve a key to fit the lock without resorting to making the lock accept the key!  A Milners ‘212’ safe lock will be the chosen lock for the class. We will discuss the locks’ features, the tools required, the techniques used and will demonstrate the practical use of the tools and techniques.

Tools used by the Stasi (Eastern German Secret Police) with Oliver Diederichsen

The Stasi talk is centred around the book “Stasi Secret Service Tools”, which is a comprehensive collection of photographs showcasing the tools used by the East German secret service.


The book also includes an interview with a former operative employee, providing valuable insights into the operations and inner workings of the service. Although the book is only available in German, the talks will be conducted in English, making it accessible to a wider audience.

An overview of heritage lock work with Alan Burley

From where to source product, to why it’s important to have the lock wherever possible when making a key, if you’re thinking about getting into Heritage Lock work then this seminar is a must. A “warts ‘n all” look at the satisfaction and pit falls that this kind of work can provide to locksmiths.

Forensic Locksmithing with Lewis Beadle

The world of Forensic Locksmithing has piqued the interest of many in recent years, thanks to its vital role in cracking criminal cases. Lewis Beadle, an accomplished Expert Witness in this field, will share his experiences with the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Forensic locksmithing training

Lewis was commissioned by the NCA in 2016, and his expertise proved invaluable in solving several cases. His impressive track record led to him being invited to speak at the NCA “Experts Day” in 2018, and in 2019, he delivered a presentation to a specialist section of the Metropolitan Police.

Joining Lewis will be Jim Shingler, the head of the NCA at Wyboston, who will also be sharing his thoughts on the benefits of having an Expert Witness in the fight against crime.

Useful Locksmith Tools: Tips and Tricks with Paul Souber

Souber® Tools was first established in 1990 by the founder, and Managing Director, Paul Souber. Paul had worked for Chubb Locks for 13 years and he brought his extensive engineering skill to this new venture which he devoted entirely to the needs of professional locksmiths.

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and website design with locksmithsites

Unlock the secret to attracting more customers with SEO-friendly websites! As a locksmith, you need to be easily discoverable by your local clients. Get expert advice on optimising your website for search engines, whether you’re outsourcing or doing it yourself.

Branding Workshop with Helen Bell Design

In this workshop, we’ll delve into the crucial aspects of identifying your target audience, creating a unique brand identity, and effectively implementing you brand into your marketing. Our aim is to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to establish a strong brand presence and attract your ideal customers.

Other MLA Expo training highlights include:

  • Mechanical Pinning & Assembly Training with Mul-T-Lock
  • Electromechanical Locksmithing with Mul-T-Lock
  • What You Need to Know About the Risks Resulting from Opening Windows with Jackloc
  • Locker Lock Specification with Code Locks
  • How to pass the MLA exam with Gary Eckersall
  • Abrasive Wheel with John Harding
  • Introduction to lock bumping with Mark Ward
  • Safe training with Jon Drake
  • Tool Sharpening with Chris Taylor and John Harding
  • Access Control Fault Finding and Electrical Isolation and Installation Best Practice with David Stapleton and Chris Taylor
  • Bypassing Roller Shutters with Simon Mason Newman and Dave Tipper

Auto locksmithing training will be run in partnership with the Auto Locksmith Association (ALA), more information will be made available in due course.

MLA Expo 2023 is the perfect opportunity to learn from the best in the industry!

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