Giving people, both young and old, a career pathway into the growing world of locksmithing is the aim of Auckland Lock Services.
Auckland Lock Services has always had one to two apprentices at any one time, with two at present and another budgeted for in the new year.
While people don’t often dream of being a locksmith, manager Debra Clarke says the profession offers a range of opportunities.
“People who go into this profession love a challenge and finding out how things work. It’s also a very satisfying job, as you often get to help someone when they’re in a distressing situation, such as being locked out of their home or car.
“The expansion of our business into alarms and security is exciting and offers opportunities for people who are technology savvy, as so much of what we do now can be technically challenging.”
An apprenticeship with Auckland Lock Services features on-the-job training and support, along with the chance to be fully qualified within four years.
Apprentices also undertake an NZQA-accredited course through Competenz and are followed by an accredited in-house assessor, who checks all their work.
“We take great pride in seeing the apprentices through to completion and it’s so rewarding to present them with their completed certificates,” says Debra.