Leigh’s Journey into Shredding & Data Protection.
Having left the army, I was looking for a new adventure and a new career path. I was lucky enough to come across The Shred Centre, who were at the time recruiting. Having no knowledge of the shredding industry, I took it upon myself to do some research and see what the company was all about. I was successful in the interview, and offered a 12 month apprenticeship in Level 3 Business and Administration. This was all new to me, as I was used to getting up at 4am in the morning for a PT session, a 8 mile tab run and then my daily job was to be a soldier and undergo training every day. Coming into an environment where it is relaxed but very professional was very different to what I was used to. I was lucky enough to have Natalie on board, who has over 9 years experience in the industry, so I knew I was in good hands and had the right person to learn from and help me when I needed it. Patrick and Natalie have been kind enough to put me on additional courses to further my knowledge and understanding of the shredding industry as well as improving my customer service and team leading skills. I’ve also taken part in social media workshops and help Natalie manage the business Facebook, Twitter and Linked In pages. I am also looking forward to attending the North East Cyber Crime Conference in April as not only will I be learning, I will also be representing The Shred Centre. Within 6 months of working for the Shred Centre, my knowledge of the importance of Data protection increased and I became confident in the company and sharing my own knowledge to new customers. Nearly a year on, my apprenticeship nearing an end, I am very pleased to say that The Shred Centre value me as an important member of the team and have offered me a permanent position once I complete my apprenticeship. Below, in my own words and from knowledge I have gained so far, I would like to tell you about the importance of data protection, secure shredding and using a reliable, secure company like The Shred Centre.
It is vital to have a secure data destruction process in place to protect all of your important day to day information, whether its hard copy paper files, electronic digital documents or any other hardware or software. It is also important to protect your brand, destroying old uniforms to prevent them getting into the wrong hands. Increasingly stringent data protection legislation means companies face heavy penalties, should they not comply with confidential records management and data destruction requirements. Stories of identity theft and fraud are all too common and it is easy to become victim to this. The only secure and approved way to protect yourself against such adversity is prevention, through an approved secure document destruction method such secure shredding with a secure company that you can trust. So you ask yourself, ‘why us? Why use The Shred Centre?’ Well, In terms of security and peace of mind, our secure shredding services are delivered in line with EN15713, the European standard for information destruction. This means you can be sure that your confidential waste is kept secure throughout the chain of custody and will be destroyed appropriately, satisfying the reasonable measures requirement under principle 7 of the data protection act.
My Journey so far with the shred Centre has taught me a lot, and most of all, I have enjoyed every minute of it!
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss our secure shredding services, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01388 448160. We are a friendly bunch and will be happy to answer any questions.
Have a lovely week!