Master Locksmith Association Campaign for Industry Recognised Qualifications is a Success


The UK’s largest locksmith trade association is to fund the creation of nationally recognised qualifications.

Working alongside Skills for Security, the Master Locksmith Association has long pushed for the development of a nationally recognised qualification and dedicated apprenticeship framework for the locksmithing sector in England.

A significant number of MLA members and other industry practitioners have been working for 12 months on National Occupational Standards for the industry which will be submitted to the regulator at the end of this month.

As well as spearheading the campaign to create a nationally recognised qualification, the MLA is also financially supporting the development of the programme through surplus expected from the organisation’s MLA Expo 2011 exhibition at The International Centre in Telford (9-11 September).

Dr Steffan George, development director from the MLA, said: “The MLA has been campaigning for a nationally recognised locksmithing qualification and an apprenticeship scheme for years in order to raise standards, help legitimise the profession and improve the reputation of our industry whilst assisting companies wanting to employ apprentices.

“We encourage anyone looking to support our mission to show their support by coming along to the Expo in September.”

David Greer, CEO of Skills for Security, said: “The Government is currently supporting apprenticeships with increased funding for training, so this is a great way to encourage younger people into the locksmithing profession.”