Darren Ford - EFL Fire and Security
Prior to training with 1st call, I was serving in the Royal Engineers. The reason I got the opportunity to train as a locksmith was for operational requirements in Afghanistan. My regiment was due to deploy to Kabul and set up HQ ISAF. They requested 4 people to be trained as locksmiths prior to deployment. I volunteered for the training and took a couple of lads from my section.
We searched for suppliers of Locksmith training in the UK and found the response to our request was best matched by 1st Call Lockouts. [Read More]
Philip Harvey - Anubis Locks Ltd
As I was approaching my last couple of years of a 24 year career in the army, I started to think about what my future would hold and what direction I was going to take. I knew from early on that the preference would be to work for myself but wasn’t sure as to which area. Then, from Cyprus I went home on a two week period where I had a few things to do around my house. One of them was to get a Rim Cylinder lock changed as it was falling apart. [Read More]
Niels Elffers - Kingfisher Locksmiths
After a long career in mechanical engineering and waste management I decided to become a locksmith. Having found the 1st Call Lockouts training scheme it made my plan a lot easier. Fast-track 1 to 1 training tailored to my capabilities was just what I needed.
All trained up, I started Kingfisher Locksmiths, and went straight in at the deep end! I had to apply everything (!) covered in the training. Now, nearly ten years later, I’m well settled into this business and every day enjoy the smiles on people’s faces as I let them into their homes without any damage. [Read More]
Martyn Burton - Just Get Me In
After 22 years in the military, my career in the British Army was coming to an end. I needed to find another career but I did not want to work for anybody so I decided that I would be self employed.
Now that I had made that decision to go it alone, I needed to choose a trade that suited me. After looking at several trades within the building industry I chose Locksmithing. I checked which companies had been approved to provide courses for military personnel and I rang 1st Call Lockouts. Their location meant I could travel daily to attend the course. [Read More]
Paul Bushell - Sir Fix-a-Lock Ltd
I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar...I digress!
How did I become a locksmith? I was serving in the British Army and was due to complete my full service in three years time. I didn’t have a clue what I was going to be doing but wanted to know as I always plan early. A friend came up with the idea of being a locksmith so I had my eureka moment right there and acted on it immediately.
I went to the education centre and looked up places that were on the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme so I could claim for part of the costs of the course. [Read More]
Mark Robinson - Wirral Locksmiths Ltd
I was in the Royal Navy for twenty two years and reached Petty Officer before I completed my service, most of which was on nuclear submarines. On coming to the end of my Naval service I had decided that I wanted more control over my own destiny and at the age of forty I thought if I don’t try it now I never will. I had always enjoyed engineering and looked for a new challenge to take for the future.
After reading lots of resettlement information, and talking to friends who where in the trade, I settled on training as a locksmith. [Read More]