If you’re a school or sixth form college leaver who doesn’t want to follow the traditional route of going into higher education, a career in locksmithing could be a fantastic alternative.
University isn’t for everyone, and there are many training opportunities for those who prefer to work with their hands, or those who would rather start their own business than rack up university debt.
Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the locksmith career path and finding locksmith training courses after your GCSEs and A Levels.
Why train to be a locksmith?
Training to be a locksmith is a great way to kick start a lucrative career. Here are some of the reasons why it’s such a brilliant career choice:
- You don’t need any prior qualifications to apply for a locksmith course
- You can complete a locksmith training course in a few days
- You can start your own company and be your own boss
- You can enjoy a better work/life balance working for yourself
- You can future-proof your career – locksmiths are always in demand
- You’ll have recession-proof earnings – your services are needed regardless of the state of the economy
Furthermore, a locksmith course is a fraction of the cost of going to university, which means you won’t be riddled with debt after you graduate. And because there are opportunities to set up a business as soon as you complete your training, you can make back any upfront costs quickly.
Route to becoming a locksmith
There are trainee locksmith jobs or locksmith apprenticeship programmes with nationwide companies, but the best route to becoming a qualified and highly skilled locksmith is with a dedicated locksmith training, like our City & Guilds Accredited 5 Day Specialist Locksmith Course.
By investing in a training programme, you can take control of your career path and boost your earning potential. While there’s no shortcut to becoming successful, our locksmith training course will arm you with all the skills and knowledge you need to start and run your own locksmith business.
Things to consider before a locksmith course
You don’t need any prior qualifications to train as a locksmith, making this career path accessible to people of all backgrounds and education levels. But there are some things you will need to think about before applying for a training course.
You will need the following:
- A full UK driving licence – working as a locksmith means being able to get to customers quickly, so being able to drive is essential.
- Access to a van – a work vehicle is recommended so you can carry tools and essential parts to/from locations.
- Funds to help you setup – as well as being able to pay for the course, you will also need money to pay for locksmith tools, stock, a vehicle and other business setup costs (such as insurance or marketing/advertising).
At MPL, we offer finance options to help you pay for your course, with flexible terms and lending that matches your situation. All course attendees receive a free Locksmith Bible with drill points and data of hundreds of locks (worth £100). And on completion of the course, you’ll get an exclusive discount on all tools and locksmith products from our sister companies.
Do you want to find out more? For full details on our locksmith training courses, contact our team and request a free prospectus.