Local Lock man, Paul Harper-Smith from Lock Assist Ltd in Haywards Heath, has become one of only a handful of locksmiths in the UK qualified to assess apprentice locksmiths by passing the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF) course that he recently completed at Fareham College.
He has been working with Skills For Security as a trainee assessor since May last year which involves assessing locksmith apprentices at their full-time place of work and making sure that they know, understand and can carry out all the relevant tasks required to be a competent locksmith. Subjects covered include Health & Safety, Risk Assessments, Data Protection, Master Keying, installation and picking to name but a few! Learners need to achieve a certain number of credits to ensure they pass the course and gain their certificate. Part of this includes attending the Master Locksmiths Association Training Centre in Daventry to complete 2 courses which contributes towards their coursework.
Paul said, â€œIâ€™m really pleased to have passed the Assessor Course and very proud that all my apprentices passed their yearlong Locksmiths Course. It gives them a solid grounding in all aspects of locksmithing and is certainly not one of those â€˜Become a Locksmith in 2 daysâ€™ courses that you can find online. â€
After completing and passing the course, all the apprentices were given a permanent, full time position and will continue learning their trade while working with qualified locksmiths already in their respective businesses.
Paul is starting the year with a new intake of learners in January and looks forward to working with them and helping them gain their certificate in a yearâ€™s time.