Interview with a Banham Academy Tutor
Today we are interviewing Steve, our close protection and door supervision tutor. Steve has been a tutor for over 10 years with over 30 years’ experience in the security industry.
What inspired you to teach?
In my experience with Close Protection, it is important to find potential at a young age. It takes a long time to build confidence and a good reputation. Surveillance and event supervision is not always the first option for youngsters so being part of a learning centre such as Banham has been a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge and experience with young people.
What challenges do you face?
A lot of young people that have an interest in the security industry are not always sure what they want to become at the end of their training, also a lot of young people may not have even considered security for a profession. There are a lot of opportunities once they are trained but often they lack the confidence to seek the options out there. As a tutor, it is vital that we guide these youngsters in the right direction, provide knowledge for them and make sure they feel excited to keep coming back to train. We meet students from all walks of life, we don’t want to just offer them training in security but training in life; employment skills, how to focus and mature, how to survive and think for themselves. It’s important we guide them through employment and constantly remind ourselves as tutors that these students and their future comes first.
Do you find teaching in this industry attracts both male and female students?
Unfortunately, the industry does appear to appeal more to male students, however, there are more females joining the security industry every year, which is good news as they make great team leaders and can often defuse a conflict quicker.
Do you have any advice for young people who may be interested in the security industry?
Many young people are not sure what roles are within security and close protection, or where their experience can take them, so it is important that they attach themselves to a gold company like Banham who can provide training at a high standard. Researching your opportunities is also very important.
Where do you see the future of Banham Academy?
The purpose-built facilities are amazing and once the academy becomes more and more recognised for its quality courses, I think it can be utilised for countless training opportunities like First Aid, Self-defence or IT skills. We want students to return so they can continue to build the knowledge and skill set needed for the success of their future.