March 18, 2021 | HFerris | Blog

5 Ways to Improve your Locksmith Knowledge

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Working as a Locksmith is all about experience. Dealing with different people, locks and techniques gives you a knowledge that is valuable to how effectively you work as a Locksmith. It is a vital trait of every good Locksmith to understand that with changing trends and products always being up for learning new things will give you the edge and help to contribute to you working as a successful Locksmith.

We here at Keytek® Academy are dedicated to ensuring that all Locksmiths have access to the most up to date training and knowledge, to not only ensure a level of excellence within the Locksmith industry is maintained but also so that all Locksmiths reach their full potential. So, we have used all of our expert knowledge to come up with our top 5 ways in which you can expand your Locksmith knowledge!

 

1.      Research Trends and Popular Security Products

In recent years the popularity of keyless or smart locks has emerged as a popular security choice for homes across the UK. Having knowledge of new products to the market and how to fit them gives you a unique selling point for your customers and expands your knowledge as a Locksmith.

Expanding your knowledge of security products allows you to pass on better recommendations to your customers to suit their wants and needs.

 

How do I do this?

Blogs and product reviews are a great way to keep up to date with new and popular products and learn information that you can pass onto your customers. We recommend looking at our blog page for different articles, alongside Keytek® Locksmiths who offer security expert advice and security product reviews.  

 

2.      Consider Broadening Your Skill set

The Locksmith industry is filled with many branches and pathways. Most Locksmiths offer a range of commercial and domestic general services and emergency Locksmith responses, however, consider specialising in a niche market such as auto-locksmithing or safe specialism.

Locksmith specialisms can become a useful skill set for you to have to differentiate yourself from your competitors and increase your Locksmith work.

 

How do I do this?

We suggest looking into specialised courses that offer in-depth training in a particular Locksmith pathway.

 

3.      Keep Up to Date with Industry Changes and Regulations

The security industry is constantly changing and therefore there can be updates that change the industry for the better. An example of this in the Locksmith industry is that currently the Locksmith industry is unregulated, so there is no official governing body or requirement for training to be an operating Locksmith offering services to customers. However, a recent development is the introduction of the first Locksmith Qualification where newcomers to the industry and existing Locksmiths can now gain an official qualification for Locksmithing.

Keeping up to date with changes within the industry enables you to find opportunities for growth and development in your own career.

 

How do I do this?

The best way to find out information is to research and keep an ear to the ground. The NGCL post regular updates on their blog about Locksmithing and the industry, alongside our own blog. We suggest finding a few industry blogs and regularly checking them to see what they discuss and cover about changes in the industry.

 

4.      Utilise Online Learning to Offer New Pathways

From the Coronavirus pandemic, the access to e-learning has flourished, with individuals being able to learn valuable new skills from home. At Keytek® Academy we have several different e-learning courses that you can take to help create new career pathways. These courses range from customer service to health and safety to asbestos training, offering a variety of different methods that will allow you to not only broaden your knowledge but offer new avenues for career progression.

Find out more about our E-Learning Courses.

 

How do I do this?

We suggest evaluating what skills you might need to learn and then do a general search for them and what different organisations have to offer. However, with this being said make sure that you do your research into the company to understand their reputation and the quality of their courses.

 

5.      Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development refers to when skills, knowledge and experience is tracked and documented as you continue to work. This can be formal or informal training and essentially is a record of all your experiences and training which you apply in your work. Ultimately this portfolio is a tool for you to reflect on all that you have learnt and understand where you could improve in the future.

This is a great tool that allows you to look back on what you have learnt and experienced and help you to see what more you can learn or reach any career goals you may have.

 

How do I do this?

Firstly, make a document of all the formal training you have had. This can include items such as qualifications, accreditations and training that relate to your career and goals.

Secondly, take note of all your experiences that you feel have allowed you to become better and that have taught you something. This can include difficult technical situations you have experienced or a time where you have learnt something that has helped improve your way of working.

With all of these experiences documented, you can then reflect on what you might want to learn further and any goals you might have.