The apprentice scheme is focusing on thedevelopment of skills amongst the nextgeneration of locksmiths ASSA ABLOY hosted a successful locksmith apprentice open day at its Portobello site in the West Midlands, as part of its commitment to the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) apprenticeship scheme and future of the locksmithing industry. Focus on developing skills Launched last year by Skills for Security and the MLA in partnership with ASSA ABLOY the apprentice scheme is designed to professionalise the industry by focusing on the development of skills amongst the next generation of locksmiths. Equipping them with the practical skills and knowledge needed to not only thrive in the industry but also encourage future growth, the scheme has already received industry-wide support in its foundation year. High praise for event As part of delivering this objective, ASSA ABLOY played host to 10 apprentices from across the UK, all of whom are signed up to the Locksmith Level 2 Apprenticeship. The full day, which covered both practical skills and an understanding of the marketplace and product development, received high praise from those who attended. Steve Ross from ASSA ABLOY and part of the team who delivered the training day, explains: “We based the open day at ASSA ABLOY around the theme of past, present and future, with sessions including market evaluation, factory tours and practical lock assembly. The second half of the day was focused on the future, something that is not only essential to ASSA ABLOY as it develops its smart living products, but also an issue that locksmiths need to consider now to ensure their future positioning and growth. We take our responsibility very seriously and must ensure that we make the apprentices as prepared as possible for life in our industry as well as making sure that they understand and appreciate how their skills need to adapt and grow with the changes in the locksmith market.” ASSA ABLOY to help train and promote new skills Paul Browne, Chief Technology Officer and Business Development Director for ASSA ABLOY UK, added: “A career as a locksmith can offer more than ever before as the industry enters a period of transition and growth. As well as refining core skills integral to professional locksmiths, ASSA ABLOY hopes to help train and promote the new skills needed to capitalise on the rise of electro-mechanical and digital locking products. “We hope that the open day at ASSA ABLOY encouraged and enthused the apprentices and helped them see the opportunities this career can hold.” Open day attendees all received personalised mementos from the day, including an engraved padlock, glass placard and the lock cases, which they assembled. With positive feedback being reported to both the MLA and Skills for Security, the next apprentice open day hosted by ASSA ABLOY is planned for the new year.
ASSA ABLOY UK will showcase its range of leading solutions for locksmiths, including digital products ASSA ABLOY UK is exhibiting at this year’s European Locksmith Federation Convention, with its brands Mul-T-Lock, UNION and Yale. ASSA ABLOY's leading solutions for locksmiths to be showcased Held at The Grand Hotel Malahide, Dublin, from 22nd-24th May 2014, ASSA ABLOY UK will exhibit on stand 4, showcasing its range of leading solutions for locksmiths, including digital products. Tzachi Wiesenfeld, Executive Vice President Head of ASSA ABLOY EMEA will also present at the international conference, offering an insight into current and future trends in the lock industry. Mul-T-lock's SMARTair™ Genesis Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with technology driven products from Mul-T-lock. Representatives will reveal how locksmiths can enter into access control sales without breaking the bank with SMARTair™ Genesis and will also present ENTR the new key free front door lock. UNION at the event UNION, an ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions product brand, will display its StrongBOLT® range, known for its superior strength and exceeding the requirements of BS3621: 2007 and will uncover how the extended range can now save locksmiths time, without compromising on quality. UNION will also display their Eximo® Panic and Emergency Exit Device range, as well as their C-series mortice locks. Yale will reveal how it is leading the way in developing sales opportunities for its locksmith partners, with its digital, smart products including CCTV, Smart Living Keyfree lock and digital door viewer. ASSA ABLOY UK, Business Development Director comments Paul Browne, Business Development Director at ASSA ABLOY UK, said: “The strength of ASSA ABLOY lies in its brands, which include some of the best known and most trusted names in security hardware for locksmiths. “Mul-T-Lock has always designed products for locksmiths and strives to deliver state-of-the-art products to help customers sell solutions, often into difficult markets. For over 160 years the UNION name has been synonymous with reliable, high quality hardware and is currently developing forward-thinking solutions, whilst maintaining its heritage. Yale is a consumer-preferred brand and is currently way ahead of its competition in terms of its digital product offering and marketing effort that has significantly increased sales opportunities for locksmith partners. “This European lock conference is the perfect chance for us to showcase the breadth of our offering and invite feedback from our locksmith partners.”