Locksmiths Careers

Locksmiths Careers

Keytek® is the largest Locksmith community in the UK, providing both Domestic and Commercial locksmith services for over 20 years. Over the years the Company has been able to build an extensive Engineer Network across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Engineers wanting to join the Engineer Network will join on a sub contractual basis, meaning that working hours and time off is tailored to suit their needs. At Keytek® we are able to provide all of our Engineers with the help and support they need from technical to paperwork in the form of the Technical Department and Engineer Liaison Team. Due to the Company’s continual progression and growth within the Industry, at Keytek® we are always looking for professional Locksmiths across the UK and Northern Ireland to join our Engineer Network. If you are a fully trained, highly skilled Locksmith engineer, please contact our recruitment team on 01202 711 195.


Working with Keytek® Locksmith

Starting your Locksmith career as a subcontractor working with Keytek® you will be working as a mobile Locksmith providing Locksmith services to customers within your local area. You will be working attending customers both domestic and residential, so a good working knowledge of Locksmithing is essential. You will need to be well organised, have strong communication skills and the ability to work on your own and promote Keytek® as a brand.

Here at Keytek® we are always looking to expand our Engineer network. If you are a skilled Locksmith looking for extra work, we would love to hear from you.


Minimum Requirements

When working or considering working with Keytek® it is important to know we have a set of minimum requirements Engineers must meet prior to joining our network. Our minimum requirements ensure that we can deliver the best possible service and that all customers can be assured they will receive the high standard that Keytek® commit to. All Engineers on our network must be able to provide.

•A minimum of a level 3 in Locksmithing or equivalent (training can be provided)
•£2 million public liability insurance
•Your own stock and tooling
•Your own transport
•All Engineers must be DBS checked

However don’t worry if you don’t meet these specific requirements, our recruitment team are always here to help any potential Engineer on achieving these standards if they are considering starting a Locksmith Career.

You can contact our recruitment team on 01202 711 195


What is a Locksmith?

A Locksmith is a professional that fits, repairs and changes locks and attend work surrounding security. A Locksmith will undertake various roles surrounding the security of both domestic and commercial properties and many will work as a 24 hour Locksmith. Working as a Locksmith is predominately a responsive role attending emergency calls for customers experiencing issues with their security, either being locked out because of lost keys or various parts failing on uPVC door locks or wooden doors or windows.


How to Become a Locksmith

If you’re interested in having a Locksmith career there are various training methods and providers available to teach you the skills required to be able to work as a Locksmith within the industry. Although there is no specific governing body for Locksmithing many companies have set detailed skill levels and requirements to ensure customers will receive the best possible service. Choosing the right entry level can depend on your age and skill level and assessing which route is best for you. If you’re aged between 16 and 25 you may consider working as an apprentice enrolling on a government based apprentice scheme or alternatively undertaking a Locksmith course. Keytek® run a range of courses tailored towards both Locksmith new to the industry or Locksmiths wanting to improve their skills. If you would like further information on our courses you can find this on our Keytek® Academy website.


Locksmith Career Salary

A Locksmith career salary is dependent on a few factors; how many hours you work, how many days a  year you are available, if you are available at night and if you have a specialism etc. The more experienced you become in Locksmithing the more jobs you will feel confident to take on, and the more jobs you take on the more money you can earn.


Locksmith Working 40 per week Average Salary per year
Highly Experienced£30,000

These figures are a guide only


Starting your Locksmith Career

For more information on the Keytek® Locksmith Training Academy and the courses we offer please visit www.locksmiths-training.co.uk or call the Academy Team on 01202 711 195

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Locksmith Career FAQs


If I have never done Locksmithing before, which course would you recommend I do?

At Keytek® we would recommend the 8 or 5 day NCFE accredited course. We believe that once you have completed one of these courses you will be at a good enough standard to start your career as a Locksmith.


Where do your Locksmith courses take place?

The Keytek® Locksmith training academy, an approved NCFE training centre, is based in Poole, Dorset.


Can I do an online course to become a Locksmith?

At Keytek® we do not offer an online training course. We feel that only hands on training with industry professionals and a practical assessment at the end of a course can prepare you to offer a good quality Locksmithing service. Locksmithing is a very hands on profession so it requires hands on training.


Will I need to bring my own tools to the training course?

Nope. We provide that all for you.


How much do your Locksmith training courses cost?

The cost of total cost of your training will depend on the course you take; we offer 1- 8 day courses each with their own individual costs. For a more specific costing phone our academy team on 01202 711195


Will I be able to set up my own business after I complete your course?

If you complete the 5-8 day course then you should be competent in all areas of Locksmithing. Many of our students sub-contract with us, so they can build their skills and once they have more experience branch out into their own Locksmithing business.


Top 6 tips for starting your career as a Locksmith


1. If it sounds too good to be true……then it probably is.

There are some organisations who promote a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, that claim by doing a cheaper basic course you will be earning £50,000 straight away. This is not the case, as an experienced self-employed Locksmith you can earn an unlimited amount. However this takes time, effort and experience.


2. You can’t get a ‘Qualification’

Do not let anyone convince you that by training with them you can get a qualification in Locksmithing. There is no ‘national recognised qualification’. You can however get an accreditation, by training with a company that has been approved by an accreditation body. At Keytek® we are approved by the NCFE and offer NCFE accredited courses.


3. Look at all of the training providers

Don’t just pick the first one you see online, or the cheapest. Do some reading up on the training providers you’re interested in, read reviews and if you can ask some existing Locksmiths who they trained with and what their experience was.


4. Think about the hours you will be available

Every Locksmith is available Monday to Friday 9-5. Think what you will be able to offer that means you will get more jobs. Can you work unsociable hours? Weekends? Bank holidays? Are you willing to be called out at 2am? You will need to think about how much money you need to make each month and how this is going to fit in with family time.


5. Do some research into your local area.

Google ‘Locksmiths near me’ and if 100 different Locksmith companies pop up you may need to thank about how far you are willing to travel. Look for a gap in the market, hours that aren’t often worked, offer an emergency response time etc.


6. Think about what kind of Locksmith you want to be.

Will you do domestic jobs? Commercial jobs? Do you want to train as a safe specialist? Will you want to offer vehicle services as well? This can affect what courses you should do and who you train with, so think carefully.