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James Moore is the Editor of IFSEC Global, the leading online publication for security and fire news in the industry. James writes, commissions, edits and produces content for IFSEC Global, including articles, breaking news stories and exclusive industry reports. He liaises and speaks with leading industry figures, vendors and associations to ensure security and fire professionals remain abreast of all the latest developments in the sector.
July 9, 2021

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Engineers of Tomorrow 2021 National Qualifier competitors revealed

The highly regarded IFSEC Engineers of Tomorrow competition continues to go from strength to strength in 2021, with the process underway to provide the next generation of security and fire apprentices with the opportunity to showcase their skills! 

Engineers of Tomorrow helps to raise the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunities 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. In addition, the winners of the electronic security competition will proceed to the final of WorldSkills UK LIVE, the nation’s premier skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

The competition, which encompasses two separate events – one for electronic security installers, and the other for installers of fire safety devices – aims to help tackle the growing engineering skills gap and attract and retain the next generation of security and fire systems installers. While the 2020 competition was unfortunately unable to go ahead, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, 2019’s competition saw over 100 entrants take part, a number only set to increase as the competition continues to grow.

Despite continued disruption due to the pandemic, the 2021 event is in full flow, with regional winners going through to the National Qualifiers. The standards were once again extremely high this year, with over 160 entries across the two competitions. Congratulations to all those below who have made it into the next stage of the process:

Security

  • Richard Collingwood (JCI)
  • Thomas Docherty (JCI)
  • Oliver Moye (Camera Security)
  • Gianluca Mori (Banham Alarms)
  • Ben Bryans (CSS Ltd)
  • Lucas Hearn (Banham Alarms)
  • Tony Steer (JCI)
  • Adam Smylie (Beacon)
  • Peter Smylie (Beacon)
  • Josh Stewart (Assure Ltd)
  • Sean Kent (JCI)
  • James McIntyre (EFT)
  • Adriana Burian (ACL)
  • Owen Nelson (EFT)

Fire

  • Jessica Goodson (JCI)
  • Leo Green (BK Fire Ltd)
  • Tony Steer (JCI)
  • Adam Smylie (Beacon)

The regional winners will now compete at the next stage of the competition, the National Qualifiers in July, to go through to the National Finals (details to be confirmed). Winners of the security and fire competitions will be announced at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards, taking place on 23 November 2021.

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The 2021 event has seen a few changes to previous years, not least because of COVID restrictions, however, regional heats still took place across all four UK nations, and the electronic security competition semi finals, and fire installation competition finals, will continue. This year, the regional heats took the form of a knowledge-based assessment which was completed online and invigilated by an employer or tutor. There were two separate assessment for fire and security, with separate online links. Students who wished to compete in both competitions were required to register for both competitions separately.

Stakeholders involved in supporting and contributing to the IFSEC & FIREX Engineers of Tomorrow competition are Skills for Security, CSL, NSI, SSAIB, and Texecom Academy, while additional support comes from the BSIA.


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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.

If you’d like to find out more about the Electronic Security Systems competition for Engineers of Tomorrow and WorldSkillsUK, you can read the technical handbook for 2021, here.

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

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