Engineers of Tomorrow Competition 2021

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.


Usually taking place at IFSEC and FIREX International each year, winners of regional heats compete in a live installation challenge at the show. 2019’s competition saw over 100 entrants take part and, while the 2020 competition was unable to go ahead, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 competition was another huge sucess, with the finals held on the 18th and 19th November 2021 at Skills for Security’s dedicated training centre in Warrington. The winners – competing in WorldSkills UK for Electronic Security Systems, and the Engineers of Tomorrow finals for the fire competition – were announced at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards, and live on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch in late November. 


The standards were once again extremely high this year, with over 160 entries across the two competitions. Congratulations to all those below who won, as well as those who made it into the final stages of the process:


Electronic Security Systems (WorldSkills UK winners)

  • 1st place: Owen Nelson (EFT – Training Provider: Skills for Security)
  • 2nd place: Gianluca Mori (Banham Group – Training Provider: Banham Academy)
  • 3rd place: Richard Collingwood (JCI – Training Provider: Banham Academy)
  • Highly commended: Thomas Docherty (JCI – Training Provider: New College Lanarkshire) and Peter Smylie (Beacon NI – Training Provider: South East Regional College)


Additional finalists
Lucas Hearn (Banham Group – Training Provider: Banham Academy)
Tony Steer (JCI – Training Provider: Banham Academy
Sean Kent (JCI – Training Provider: Banham Academy)
Josh Stewart (Assure Alarms – Training Provider: GTG Training)

Ben Blackledge, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, WorldSkills UK, said: “I want to offer my congratulations to all those that took part in our programme this year, especially the finalists. Our competitions and competition-based development programmes equip apprentices and students with the lifelong, world-class skills that will help increase UK productivity and competitiveness.


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


Fire Alarm Systems (Engineers of Tomorrow winners)

  • 1st place: Adam Smylie (Beacon NI – Training Provider: South East Regional College)
  • 2nd place: Jessica Goodson (JCI – Training Provider: Banham Academy)
  • 3rd place: Tony Steer (JCI – Training Provider: Banham Academy)
  • Highly commended: James  McIntyre (EFT Group – Training Provider: Skills for Security)


Additional finalist
Leo Green (BK Fire Ltd – Training Provider: Skills for Security)

Find out more about some of the finalists, and why they’d encourage others to consider a career in the security and fire systems installation sector, here: Meet the WorldSkills UK and EoT finalists!

Looking forward to 2022:


Keep up-to-date with Engineers of Tomorrow via the EoT twitter account: @EoTIFSEC 

Missed out on entering this year?
Details for the 2022 competition will be announced in the new year. Register your interest for 2022 below: 

Stakeholders involved in the IFSEC & FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition are Skills for Security, CSL, NSI, SSAIB, and Texecom Academy, while additional support comes from the BSIA. In addition, several manufacturers have demonstrated their own commitment to the event. As part of a three-year commitment to the highly respected competition, Hikvision, Texecom and CSL have all donated equipment to be used in the heats, whilst Advanced and Apollo – both part of the Halma Group – have donated products for the fire competition.


"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

What is the competition about?

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
  • You will be given a complimentary seat at the Security Excellence Awards with 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 a lot of great reasons why you 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
  • Overall winners will be presented with their awards at the Security & Fire Awards in London in November


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

2021 Engineers of Tomorrow and World Skills UK winners!

All the finalists with Sir Geoff Hurst at the Security
& Fire Excellence Awards   
Adam Smylie (centre) and Owen Nelson (right), winners of
Fire Alarm Systems Engineers of Tomorrow and Electronic Security Systems WorldSkills UK  

Missed out on entering this year?