Are locksmiths in demand these days?

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Are locksmiths in demand these days?

When leaving the Army there are various funded courses that are available to people to help them learn new skills for the non-military world. I've got a spare week and am wondering about joining a locksmiths course, mainly out of curiosity but also as a sort of fallback job. And hence my question... Are locksmiths in relatively short supply?

The official information states that: "The aim of the course is to train students to be self-employed locksmiths although this qualification is attractive to employers. The training is aimed at 100% non destructive entry and is at one to one level within small groups allowing a totally hands on approach. The course also covers starting up as a self employed locksmith.

This course leads to a City & Guilds 1839 award and all students can join the Institute of Certified Locksmiths (ICL) at an Advanced Student level. Will either of these secure any work?

The actual contents of the week-long course are: Rim Cylinders, Oval/Euro Cylinders, Mortice Locks, Padlocks. Non Destructive Techniques: Two in one picks, Curtain Picks and Foil Systems. Lock Recognition. Digital Locks. Self Employment."

I'd love to go on the course but mainly out of interest really... Hmmm...

Phone a locksmith and ask how much for a call out to open a door that you have lost a key for, then after you have picked yourself up off the floor, sign up to the course

demographic wrote

Phone a locksmith and ask how much for a call out to open a door that you have lost a key for, then after you have picked yourself up off the floor, sign up to the course

Last time one of our guys lost the shop keys it cost us £300, for an emergency call-out (office hours attendance) wish I was a locksmithHeard that lift engineers earn even more, and all they have in their tool box is a torch and rather large hammer

If the army's paying do it.Good ones are in big demand.

You'll earn more if they teach you how to use semtex.

Melons wrote

Last time one of our guys lost the shop keys it cost us £300, for an emergency call-out (office hours attendance) wish I was a locksmithHeard that lift engineers earn even more, and all they have in their tool box is a torch and rather large hammer

Yes but have you ever seen an old one with a full set of fingers?

KorkyKat wrote

You'll earn more if they teach you how to use semtex.

Already know about that, not that I've done any of that kind of stuff for a while now.Locksmith course it is then!!

The most common problem locksmiths get, the key can be seen but not touched Bet they wished they didn't shut the car door so quick

Go for it. Make yourself a fortune. Pay some chav kid to super-glue a load of locks up and then the caped lock crusader arrives on the scene! Jobs a good un missis.

A mate of mine is doing the very same course under the same circumstances.He reckons he can earn a good wedge from it, so go for it

PokenH00D wrote

A mate of mine is doing the very same course under the same circumstances.He reckons he can earn a good wedge from it, so go for it

He's one of the sods who have filled up all the spaces! There are four courses running in the next year and all of them are full. I'm going to try and find out tomorrow whether any free places have arisen recently... Damn well hope so!!

Do the course; become a burglar

My Brother-In-Law is a joiner by trade and owned hos own firm for a while. He and his family have shipped out to Spain to live and he became a lock-smith out there and is doing well (it pays better than joinery and you don't need so many local contacts to get started). It's a useful skill - give it a go; you don't have to pursue it as a career do you?

We use 'em all the time at work, one regular guy we use works for himself and has a Bently continental GT and a Ferrari 360 rag top - fookin' loaded but he;s on call 24/7, never goes on holiday and would happily miss his daughters wedding for a few extra quid

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When leaving the Army there are various funded courses that are available to people to help them learn new skills for the non-military world. I've got a spare week and am wondering about joining a locksmiths course, mainly out of curiosity but also as a sort of fallback job. And hence my question... Are locksmiths in relatively short supply?The official information states that: "The aim of the course is to train students to be self-employed locksmiths although this qualification is attractive to employers. The training is aimed at 100% non destructive entry and is at one to one level within small groups allowing a totally hands on approach. The course also covers starting up as a self employed locksmith.This course leads to a City & Guilds 1839 award and all students can join the Institute of Certified Locksmiths (ICL) at an Advanced Student level. Will either of these secure any work?The actual contents of the week-long course are: Rim Cylinders, Oval/Euro Cylinders, Mortice Locks, Padlocks. Non Destructive Techniques: Two in one picks, Curtain Picks and Foil Systems. Lock Recognition. Digital Locks. Self Employment."I'd love to go on the course but mainly out of interest really... Hmmm...

Hi charlienot to sure wherabouts you live,but a very good mate of mine is a locksmith,he has been doing this job for the last 51-20 years anyhoo he bought out a small shop 8 wks ago and he said he was looking to take someone on and train up...dunno what the money is e.t.c but if fancy haveing a crack at it i`ll see if he is still looking.Oh by the way its down here...you know the place london bordering kent.

extremeneil wrote

Hi charlienot to sure wherabouts you live,but a very good mate of mine is a locksmith,he has been doing this job for the last 51-20 years anyhoo he bought out a small shop 8 wks ago and he said he was looking to take someone on and train up...dunno what the money is e.t.c but if fancy haveing a crack at it i`ll see if he is still looking.Oh by the way its down here...you know the place london bordering kent.

Hmmm... tempting. Not sure if I want to commit myself to being someone's full time apprentice though; I've got too many other things on my life to be able to hold down one such job.Very tempting though to really learn a trade like this.

These days got locked out of my car and it was bad experience. Never knew that it can be so stressful. Luckily found local locksmith services: http://locksmith-in.com/nj and was pleasantly surprised, pretty cheap and quality company. Sharing this with you and wishing not to forget your keys anywhere Miles Rud

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