Career pathway: Locksmithing

Locksmiths supply, fit and repair locks for homes, businesses and cars. They make keys to fit locks, using a wide range of tools. Some locksmiths also fit sophisticated security systems such as closedcircuit television and electronic access systems. A number will also provide a 24-hour emergency service, for example, helping customers who are locked out or whose locks have been damaged in break-ins.
Locksmith

Locksmith

Locksmith Career route

As a locksmith, you need a high level of technical skill and expert knowledge of a wide range of lock assemblies and other security devices. Good hand to eye co-ordination is important.

Locksmiths often give advice on security and safety issues and as a trainee locksmith, you would receive on-the-job training and you could choose to specialise in a particular area like repairing and key cutting for antique locks.

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Career Progression Route – Locksmithing

JOB ROLES

  • Apprentice
  • Mate / Assistant
  • General Operative
  • Specialist Operative
  • Store man / Logistics
  • Trainee Locksmith

SUGGESTED QUALIFICATIONS

  • GCSEs D-E in English, Maths and Science
  • Work Based Learning Programmes
  • Skills for Life Certificate

 

JOB ROLES

  • Bench Locksmith
  • Warrant Locksmith
  • Operations Locksmith
  • Lock Installer
  • Systems and Maintenance Locksmith
  • Trainee Design Locksmith

SUGGESTED QUALIFICATIONS

  • GCSE A-C in English & Maths
  • Work Based Learning Programmes
  • Level 2 Apprenticeship in Locksmithing
  • Level 2 Certificate In Locksmithing (QCF)
  • BTEC Diploma
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Industry Related Qualifications

 

 

JOB ROLES

  • Surveyors
  • Locksmith Installation Supervisor
  • Installation & Maintenance Locksmith
  • Senior Service Locksmith
  • Design / Project / Commission Locksmith
  • Tester / Level 2 Repair Tech
  • Locksmith Supervisor / Trainer
  • Stores Supervisor
  • Sales Supervisor
  • Contract Manager

 

SUGGESTED QUALIFICATIONS

  • AS / A Levels
  • Work Based Learning Programmes
  • Level 3 Award in Security Operations
  • BTEC Diploma
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Industry Related Qualifications

 

 

JOB ROLES

  • Operations Manager
  • Locksmith Manager
  • Technical Manager
  • Locksmith Design
  • Manager
  • Consultant Locksmith
  • Specialist Locksmith
  • Key Design Locksmith
  • QA Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Regional / National
  • Sales Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Account Manager

SUGGESTED QUALIFICATIONS

  • BTEC Diploma
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Work Based Learning Programmes
  • Level 4 Award In Security and Risk Management (QCF)
  • Higher National Certificate
  • Certificate of Higher Education

 

 

JOB ROLES

  • Business Owner
  • Operations Manager
  • Technical Director
  • Managing Director
  • Sales Director
  • Head of R&D / L&D
  • Supply Chain Director
  • Senior Consultant
  • Locksmith
  • HR Director
  • QA Director
  • President

 

SUGGESTED QUALIFICATIONS

  • BTEC Diploma
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Work Based Learning Programmes
  • Higher National Diploma
  • Foundation Degree in Security and Risk Management
  • BA in Security and Risk Management

 

The private security industry is regulated by the SIA (Security Industry Authority) under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. One duty is the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job. www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk