A Haywards Heath locksmith has become one of only a handful in the UK to be qualified to assess apprentices in the trade.
Paul Harper-Smith from Lock Assist Ltd, has passed 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 they know, understand and can carry out all the relevant tasks required to be a competent locksmith.
Subjects covered include health and safety, risk assessments, data protection, master keying and installation.
Learners need to achieve a certain number of credits to ensure they gain their certificate. Part of this includes attending the Master Locksmiths Association Training Centre in Daventry to complete two courses which contributes towards their coursework.
Paul said: “I’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 ‘Become a Locksmith in Two Days’ courses that you can find online. ”
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 has started the year with a new intake of learners in January and looks forward to working with them to enable them to gain their certificate in a year’s time.