Interview a Banham Academy Tutor: Mike Shaw
Today we are posting an interview we had with Mike Shaw, Mike is actually on our high experienced engineers who wanted to share his knowledge with young apprentices.
What is your experience within the Security Industry?
I have been a security systems engineer for almost 17 years including a 3-year in-house apprenticeship scheme with my previous employer. Primarily I have installation based experience with disciplines such as Intruder Alarms, CCTV, Access Control and Door Entry systems. The industry and its products and services constantly evolve so more recently I work with IP CCTV and integration between alarms and CCTV amongst other things.
What made you want to go into training?
It was a natural progression; however, I do not do it full time. I have a good level of experience with bespoke systems and solutions and have found I can turn my hand to most things in the job. I was asked to start training my peers in subjects such as IP CCTV and it has progressed from there.
You are new to training at the Academy, how have you found your first week?
The Banham Academy is a good solution to a growing need. It’s nice to see youngsters coming in to learn a trade. It’s not for everybody but if you can grasp the basics you should be able to do well. I enjoyed seeing the new guys flourish and watch as their interest grows and self-confidence comes out.
What do you believe the future of the Academy is?
I believe the Academy serves an important need and will continue to do so. It is driven by determined members of staff that wish it to become one of the best. I hope to see not just young men joining us for training and/or apprenticeships but young women too as this is one of the trades where women wanting to learn a skilled trade can do so just as well as men.
Do you have any advice for young people considering a career in Security Engineering?
The security Industry is large and varied. My main pieces of advice would be that you should not be daunted by a challenge. I often say ‘every day is a school day’. I am constantly learning new technology, new products and new ways of doing things. Reliability is the key as well. If people can learn you can be relied upon you will progress well and by default have more opportunities to seize.