Locksmith - Despatches


May 2015

IT’S MAY, A TIME OF YEAR that heralds the UK’s annual bout of ritual international humiliation: the Eurovision Song Contest. On a more positive (not to mention harmonious!) note, advice to help you avoid your own unfortunate career-related ‘nul points’ situation is at hand.
As usual, this issue of Quest tunes in to an array of different industries. This time we pass the mic to the security sector – along with the closely related field of locksmithing – as well as health and safety, marketing, the rail industry, and the world of the smart meter installer, plus we take a brief look at the career potential offered by leisure, therapy and well-being. Last but not least, we offer a useful step-by-step guide to dealing with redundancy, whether of your own choosing or not.
Whatever your next career move, we sincerely hope that – whatever happens in Vienna this month – your own future sees you hit the high notes!
Lynn Brown

Welcome to the February issue of Quest!

This month our focus falls on an array of different career sectors that are a popular choice for Service leavers: construction, health and safety, oil and gas, and smart meter installation, as well as security and the closely allied field of locksmithing, and for those thinking of starting their own business – but with the benefit of a proven model – there’s franchising. Beyond the workplace, regular contributor Ralph Straw has some sage advice (page 19) as to how much personal background information to share with ‘the uninitiated’ (i.e. civilians), while on page 51 our other regular correspondent, Keith Turnbull, offers some pointers on tapping in to the so-called ‘hidden’ job market. So turn the page and fire up your job search this February!
Lynn Brown

Accredited trades courses to fit your future

UK Trades Training is a well-respected, established and proven training centre. Over the years we have extended our successful tiling course programme and now have a full professional range of quality accredited courses teaching tiling, plastering, plumbing, locksmith and photography, as well as offering training to a very high standard. Our reputation is built on the success of our past students, many of whom are now running their own businesses. You can rest assured that training with us is everything you need to start your new career.
If you are about to leave the Forces and are thinking about a self-employed career in construction, come and try one of our many construction trade resettlement courses. We can fast-track you on a very in-depth, intensive self-employed course. Our resettlement clerk, Leanne, will email all the details of your course booking to you and your resettlement officer to make the claim process very simple for you to use. We are accredited by national awarding bodies up to level 3 for those wishing to use ELC, SLC or resettlement entitlements.
We offer a range of accredited courses to suit your needs, including three- and five-week courses to allow both higher- and lower-tier Service personnel to use their ELCAS entitlements, and one-week standalone courses for those wanting to use their resettlement or SLC entitlements. We offer a three-week Multi Construction course, which includes tiling, plastering and plumbing, as well as Advanced Tiling, three weeks; Advanced Plastering, three weeks; Multi Trades Skills, five weeks; Locksmith and Plumbing, one week; Plastering, one week; and Tiling, one week.
Our three- and five-week courses do not have to be done back to back, as long as you do the course in weekly blocks you can take as long as you like to complete it.
Get in touch
Tel: 0191 427 4591
See the advertisement on page 27

Want to be a locksmith? Pick the right trainer …

A1 Safe & Secure has been training locksmiths for over 30 years. Since gaining approved provider status with the MoD in support of the ELC scheme, we have seen many Service and ex-Service personnel pass through our doors.
They have come from a range of ranks throughout the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force. From Privates to Captains to Tornado Pilots … we have trained them all. Having an SAS background, our chief instructor, Bob Curry, uses the EDIP (explanation, demonstration, imitation, practice) approach to training, as we believe this is the most efficient and effective way to teach. This is confirmed not only in the feedback provided from trainees but also by their success after completing the course.

In view of the recent government announcement regarding the reduction in the number of personnel in the Armed Forces, locksmithing will be an excellent way of continuing a successful and lucrative career on completion of your Service with the crown.

Here is some of the feedback we have received from Service personnel who have completed locksmith training with us:

‘I don’t hesitate to recommend A1 Safe & Secure for training. The training centre is an ideal learning environment twinned with good instructional technique from Bob. Excellent value for money for MoD leaving the Forces.’ – WO2 Giblin RQMS QRH

‘Instruction was clear and concise, with the pace set according to student abilities. Every step was explained in detail, demonstrated by the instructor before sufficient practice time was allocated: day one and we were already picking locks.’
– Capt. Harries RE

For full testimonies, please visit our website: With the added bonus of a week on the ground and 24/7 back-up when trading, if you’re considering a career in locksmithing, A1 Safe & Secure is, without a doubt, the training provider for you.

For further information, visit, or Tel: 01432 341257.
See the advertisement on page 29.
Published February 2011

Unlock a brighter future

Civilians can never fully understand or appreciate the experiences undertaken by our brave Servicemen and women. Nor can we understand the pain suffered by our wounded or the difficulties in their transition back into civilian life.
Having enjoyed working successfully with members of the Armed Forces for over ten years, Anvil Locksmiths felt that it would like to give something in return – so, as a way to show its gratitude to these heroes, it is currently training three
Service personnel per month, wounded in action, on one of its three-day Advanced Locksmith Courses. All Anvil training programmes lead to City & Guilds qualifications.

The courses include a comprehensive set of reference books and training notes, a C&G Certificate, accommodation in a hotel, transport to and from the training venue, a light lunch and a substantial lock opening kit.

Anvil Locksmiths is extremely proud to be an Approved Learning Provider for the MoD’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme, and has since trained members of the Armed Forces as part of their resettlement programme. It offers a variety of courses run by: Gareth, key cutting training; Kevin, electrical training; Tom, auto training; and Peter, who delivers the locksmith training.

Peter comments, ‘Following a very moving visit to Headly Court Rehabilitation Centre, we were privileged to meet many young, fit and highly motivated soldiers who felt frustrated about being unable to do the job they had trained so hard for and leaving their friends behind on the frontline. We were so inspired by the total dedication of these patients we immediately made a donation to the charity. Following discussions among ourselves we felt that this alone was not enough and were honoured to be able to put together a training package to help in their rehabilitation.

‘We appreciate that, one day, every Serviceperson has to return to civilian life, and this is a great opportunity to undertake a completely different career. Our courses are for those wanting to be empowered and skilled to run their own business but with the security of a larger service provider offering round-the-clock help and advice.

To date we have enjoyed meeting and successfully training ten Servicemen, and feel humbled by the small way we have been able to offer them a new future, as well as making some amazing new friends.’
For further information, contact Anvil Locksmiths on Tel: 0191 209 4989, email: or visit its website at:
Published April 2010
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