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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.
May 25, 2022

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Engineers of Tomorrow

Engineers of Tomorrow 2022 winners revealed!

The highly regarded IFSEC Engineers of Tomorrow competition returned to the show floor at IFSEC and FIREX in May 2022, for the first time in three years. The stakeholders and judges are thrilled to announce the winners, who will go on to represent the sectors at the WorldSkills UK competition later this year. 

What’s Engineers of Tomorrow and WorldSkills UK all about?

Engineers of Tomorrow is an initiative that’s been running for several years at IFSEC International and FIREX – the longest running security and fire exhibitions in the UK, and is designed to raise the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunities they represent within the sector. Taking place at the event each year, winners of regional heats compete in a live installation challenge at the show. The process involves two separate competitions – one for electronic security systems, and the other for fire systems.

The winners of Engineers of Tomorrow then proceed to the esteemed WorldSkills UK (WSUK) LIVE competition – the nation’s premier skills, apprenticeships and careers event. For the first time this year, both the electronic security and fire competitions will be represented at WSUK – underlining the value of both competitions to the wider UK skills industry.

The competition 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, 2021’s competition saw a record number of entries take part, despite the challenges and restrictions of the global pandemic.

EoT-FireCompetition-22The 2022 competition progress

Once again, the Engineers of Tomorrow finals returned to the IFSEC and FIREX show floor on 17-19 May at London’s ExCeL this year. Apprentice finalists revelled in the chance to show off their skills in front of thousands of peers and professionals from the security and fire sectors.

David Scott, Managing Director at Skills for Security, explains: “We’re thrilled to get back to the live event this year, where Engineers of Tomorrow finalists competed in front of their own industry, and showcased the talent that we know, as training providers, they demonstrate on a weekly basis.”

“In addition, to have both security and fire competitions represented at WSUK this year is another fantastic result for the event and industry. WSUK gives opportunity to shine a positive light on the security and fire engineering sector as a career of choice, attracting new young talent into the industry. It puts the industry on a pedestal alongside the Navy, BAE, NHS and other major sectors and showcases the industry as a fun, technology-driven industry where learning never stops.”

This year’s winners of Engineers of Tomorrow, who will now go on to compete at the WorldSkills UK finals in November, have been announced. Judges highlighted that the knowledge and talent demonstrated at IFSEC and FIREX was “mind-blowing, and all finalists should be immensely proud of their capabilities”.

Electronic Security competition winners (Training providers | employer are in brackets)

  • Bradley Stevens (Skills for Security | Macaw Security Solutions)
  • Cody Moody (Belfast Met | ViS)
  • Gianluca Mori (Banham | Banham)
  • Harry Dickson (Skills for Security | EFT Systems)
  • James Mcgeough (Belfast Met | McElwaine Security)
  • Paul Mcelroy (Belfast Met | McElwaine Security)
  • Thomas Pavilonis (Focus Training | Trelawney Fire & Security)
  • Tom Sixsmith (Skills for Security | EFT Systems)

Fire Detection and Alarm competition winners

  • Alexander Wallace (SERCS | Building Protection Services)
  • Callen Logan (Skills for Security | Connelly Security Systems)
  • Jonny Hamilton (SERCS | Atlas World)
  • Jordan Moon (Skills for Security | Sentinel Security)
  • Josh Young (Skills for Security | Sentinel Security)
  • Nathan Portman (JTL Training | Bryland Fire Protection)
  • Owen Nelson (Skills for Security | EFT Systems)
  • William Graham (NCL | Fortress Security)

Congratulations to all the other finalists – the full list can be found here.

The Engineers of Tomorrow & WorldSkills UK process:

  • February-April: Registration opened
  • 4-29 April: Knowledge-based online assessments took place
  • 29 April-24 June: Qualifiers
  • 17-19 May: Engineers of Tomorrow finals at IFSEC and FIREX (ExCeL, London)
  • 26 May: Announce national finalists
  • W/C 10 October: Bootcamp
  • W/C 14 November: WorldSkills UK National Finals
  • November – Winners announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards (Hilton Park Lane, London)

Regional heats this year took the form of a knowledge-based assessment which was completed online and invigilated by an employer or tutor. This year’s WorldSkills UK Finals for security and fire will take place at Barking & Dagenham College in Romford.

The winners of the 2021 Engineers of Tomorrow competitions were announced at the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November, while the WorldSkills UK winners were revealed live by Steph McGovern a week later. The industry was well represented on the live show, with Tom Sixsmith, Apprentice Fire & Security Engineer from EFT Group, on the panel talking about his passion for the industry.

Jordan Duggan, Director at EFT Systems, added: “EFT Systems were delighted to have one of our apprentices Tom on the panel for the WSUK Ceremony. We have competed in this competition from the start for our sector and all apprentices at EFT recognise the importance of taking part not only in the competitions but also in promoting our sector which has a huge skills shortage. Tom did an excellent job of talking about our industry and apprenticeships and we look forward to him taking part in the competition next year!!”

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Engineers of Tomorrow in full flow at IFSEC International and FIREX 2022


Find out the winners of 2021’s competition, here >>

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 and BAFE.

In addition, several manufacturers have demonstrated their own commitment to the event. As part of a three-year commitment, Hikvision, Texecom and CSL all donate equipment to be used in the heats.

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