How to Become a Locksmith
When talking to people about my career as a locksmith many people ask “how did you get into that line of work?”. It’s a great question, and I want to share my story here so you know what to expect if you are wondering how to become a locksmith.
How I became the top emergency locksmith In Cheltenham
The simple answer is I didn’t plan to! It was back in 2005 I was made redundant from my previous job and I was looking to retrain in the trade sector. After looking through adverts locally and realizing there was nothing available in my local area, well nothing I thought I would find interesting. I opened my newly delivered Yellow Pages and started searching through the sections until I reached the locksmith section.
Now there’s something that sounds different and interesting I said to myself. I called a few companies but found most were national firms advertising as local ones, I decided on a different approach I wrote a standard letter explaining my current situation and added a CV attached to it. In total, I sent the letter to 20 locally based locksmith companies in the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire areas.
How I got recruited as a trainee locksmith
I received one reply, I was disappointed but one was better than none and it looked like a well established professional company. I was asked to go in for an interview then after that, I was offered a trial day, I arrived and was shown the ins and outs of a locksmith business from re-pinning cylinders to opening locks. I was hooked as there were so many locksmith skills to learn and it all looked like a challenge I would enjoy.
Fortunately, the owner of the business saw my enthusiasm and offered me the position of trainee locksmith. My wages were low at £150 per week. However, at the age of 19, I had low outgoings, and the positives outweighed the negatives. I get a lot of phone calls asking for advice on how to become a locksmith, and my advice is to try and work for a locksmith company.
I advise getting real-world experience with a working locksmith company instead of doing 4-day courses, which are overpriced and over sold. Often people leave with not much more knowledge than they could have learnt from a book. The experiences you learn on-site and in the shop of a locksmith business are worth their weight in gold and although you may start on a low wage, the long term advantages are endless.
Sustainability – How to succeed in the competitive locksmith business
Every year start-up locksmith companies appear in my local area, and they usually last about 6 months before realizing that what the training companies promised them wasn’t the reality. They are left with no work and thousands of pounds worth of unnecessary tools. My overall opinion is to either train with a company whilst working for them, or patiently take MLA Master Locksmiths Association courses in your spare time.
This is my business and I am here to stay – that’s why I am the number 1 emergency locksmith In Cheltenham!