I DID IT!
‘Having served with Army Air Corps for 11 years, I was looking to start a new career in something hands-on that allowed me to be my own boss. After a bit of investigation into courses and possible career options, becoming a locksmith really appealed to me.
‘I spoke to many locksmith training providers, whose details I found on the internet and one of the companies that really stood out was Keytek. From the outset the staff on the telephone were friendly, polite and extremely helpful, and adopted a non-pressured and informative approach, which really helped and put me at ease. I was able to speak to their support staff and trainers directly before the course, and they ran me through exactly what would be covered and what I could realistically expect from being a locksmith.
‘I was also able to speak to the Keytek recruitment team, who gave me an idea of the amount of work I could expect on completion of the course, and the in-house marketing team were honest with me about start-up costs and answered the many questions I threw at them! It was for these reasons that I decided to train with Keytek – it they stood out to me as being genuinely the most professional of the many companies I had spoken to.
‘The guys in the office were very knowledgeable and I was able to speak to them about how to use my ELC towards paying for the course. They have obviously advised plenty of other candidates, and their knowledge on the ELCAS system was invaluable and helped me to understand the whole booking process.
‘Keytek was able to offer me a variety of courses and, after some deliberation and research, I decided to attend its eight-day level 4 NCFE-accredited course, which included five days within its purpose-built training facility and three days “on the road” completing work with one of the instructors.
‘One of my concerns was not only the amount of work I could expect but also the ongoing support I might require … I’m now out on the road completing work on a subcontractor basis and, although daunting at first, I soon settled in to my new career. The ongoing support I receive from Keytek has been second to none. There is a 24-hour technical support line (believe me, I’ve tested that it is 24 hours!) and a dedicated engineer support team at head office who assist me with any other issues I may have. Moving into the locksmith industry was the best decision I’ve ever made and, if you are considering it as an option too, I would wholeheartedly recommend one of the Keytek courses.’
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