Borders College

Locksmiths pick up new skills

Borders College, in association with South Lanarkshire Council and the construction trade union UCATT, recently delivered the last Locksmith training session by UCATT before it moves to Unite.

Borders College, in association with South Lanarkshire Council and the construction trade union UCATT, recently delivered the last Locksmith training session by UCATT before it moves to Unite.

To date, the College and UCATT have trained over 400 council maintenance employees from across Scotland on how to gain access to their properties. The two day course, which was delivered by College Lecturer Iain Scott, incorporated the basics of lock picking and functionality of cylinder and mortise locks, giving the employees a much greater understanding of locksmithing techniques and gaining entry to properties in a more economical way.

One South Lanarkshire Council employee said, “The course is very ‘hands on’ and was really interesting and well delivered, it has given me a much greater insight into locksmithing and I feel more confident in my job when dealing with tenants who have lost their keys or have damaged locks.”

Michael Conroy, Unite Learning Organiser (pictured first left in the group photo), commented, “For over 6 years UCATT has worked closely with Borders College to develop a Locksmith course which meets the learning needs of our members. This course has been delivered over 45 times where tutors Iain Scott and Greg Steel have continually ensured a high quality of delivery. Out of all the courses we organise, this remains to be the most popular. We look forward to maintaining this relationship as the project transfers over to Unite.”

Published: Tue 18th Apr, 2017