Engineers of Tomorrow

The UK Skills Competition for Young Security and Fire Engineers and Apprentices

The highly-regarded Engineers of Tomorrow competition is designed to recognise and showcase the next generation of security and fire systems installers from across the UK. The competition helps to raise the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunity they represent within the sector – and it takes place live at IFSEC and FIREX!

Winners of the regional heats  will compete in a live installation challenge at the show. There are two separate competitions – one for electronic security systems, and the other for fire systems.The winners of Engineers of Tomorrow will then go on to compete in the WorldSkills LIVE competition in November – the nation’s premier skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

Both the electronic security and the fire competition will be represented at WorldSkills UK. This really underlines the importance of fire and security as part of the wider UK skills sector.  


The programme has a real impact on people, with 90% of previous entrants saying their career progression improved after competing, and 86% stating their personal and employability skills had improved.

A competition that helps both young people and employers

Stakeholders involved in the IFSEC & FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition are Skills for Security, CSL, NSI, SSAIB, and Texecom Academy, with additional support from the BSIA and the FIA. Several manufacturers have also demonstrated their own commitment to the event.


As part of their commitment to the highly-respected competition, Texecom and CSL have donated equipment to be used in the heats, whilst UK-based fire alarm manufacturer C-TEC has donated products for the fire competition as part of a number of initiatives underway to help upskill people who are new to the industry.


"EoT promotes engineering apprenticeships to young people interested in a career in the electronic security sector. The competition is fun and encourages their employers to appreciate them as a valuable asset within their organisations.” 


Simon Banks, Founder and Group Managing Director, CSL

Employer benefits

There are many benefits for employers in putting forward their apprentices to take part in the competition:  


  • Free exposure of your business to the global security industry 
  • Demonstrate to clients your commitment to employee development
  • Encourage the development of young engineers 
  • Promote of your young talent, and give them the chance to win up to £1,000 in cash
  • A complimentary seat at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards (space permitting) alongside your winning apprentice(s)


Not only will participation highlight the company's skilled workforce, but it will also give you great exposure to the IFSEC International audience.

Competitor benefits

There are lots of great reasons why young people should enter the Engineers of Tomorrow competition:


  • Prove your skills on an international platform
  • Raise your profile in the industry
  • Be in with a chance of winning heat prizes, which will be presented on each day of the competition 
  • Stand a chance to win up to £1,000 in cash
  • Be part of World Skills UK and the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in London in December


Be the star performer in your company's workforce, and get great exposure to the IFSEC International audience. 

2022 Engineers of Tomorrow and World Skills UK winners!

All the finalists at the
  Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2022
Winners with Trevor Jenks, SSAIB