Engineers of Tomorrow Competition 2022 – live at the show!

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. 36 finalists, 18 for fire and 18 for security, will compete each day at the show – don’t miss them! Read more about the finalists here.   


There are two separate competitions – one for electronic security systems, and the other for fire systems. The 2022 live installation challenge takes place at IFSEC and FIREX International. The winners of Engineers of Tomorrow will proceed to the WorldSkills UK LIVE competition – the nation’s premier skills, apprenticeships and careers event.


The Engineers of Tomorrow competition is taking place on Stand IF2450 at IFSEC. Please see the schedule below:

Both the electronic security and the fire competition will be represented at WorldSkills UK – underlining their value as part of the 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, FIA and BAFE. Several manufacturers have  also 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 UK-based fire alarm manufacturer C-TEC have donated products for the fire competition as part of a number of initiatives it has underway to help upskill people that 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 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 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
  • Be part of World Skills UK and the Security & Fire Excellence 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