As of February 2016, the MLA’s traditional five day training course will be reserved for the locksmith apprenticeship and a new flexible approach, consisting initially of four individual, one and two day training modules, will be available to trainees.
Dr Steffan George, development director of the MLA, said: “This is the first major revamp in training that we have undertaken for many years and we hope that our new offering will encourage those thinking of joining the industry to choose the MLA, as well as provide existing locksmiths with the opportunity to learn new skills or update their knowledge in specific areas.
“We have invested heavily in developing our new training programme by employing the best locksmiths in the business to teach both the theory, as well as the necessary practical skills. Not only this, but we have brought our modules bang up to date with the latest information, as well as introduced the use of new technology and machinery.”
Beginners are advised to enrol on the new two-day foundation module, which will provide a high level overview of the industry and include basic information on the various types of locks available, working with safes and key cutting, amongst others.
In addition to the foundation module, the MLA is also launching three specific modules in lock fitting, UPVC and basic opening – all of which are vital skills needed to help become an accredited locksmith.
Dr Steffan George continued: “We understand that people want to learn in their own time and to their own budget, so week long courses can be a less desirable option. Our new modular approach to training is completely flexible, meaning that you don’t have to take a week off work, and is a cost effective alternative for those wanting to pay for training in instalments. It also helps member companies who may want to help staff develop in certain areas, for example a bench locksmith who needs to learn fitting skills can now simply attend the one-day fitting module.”