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Engineers of Tomorrow 2023 winners revealed!

The highly regarded Engineers of Tomorrow apprenticeship competition once again took place at IFSEC and FIREX between 16-18 May in London. The winners have now been revealed, and are set to compete in the security and fire WorldSkills UK finals in November.

What are Engineers of Tomorrow and WorldSkills UK?

P&M2023-EngineersOfTomorrow1-23The Engineers of Tomorrow (EoT) competition helps to raise the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunities they represent within the sector, as well as showcasing the talent of the next generation.

Taking place at IFSEC and FIREX International each year, winners of regional heats compete in a live installation challenge at the show, which takes place at London’s ExCeL between 16-18 May in 2023.

The process involves two separate competitions – one for electronic security systems, and the other for fire systems.

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

2023 Engineers of Tomorrow winners revealed

Electronic Security Systems competition (employers in brackets)

  • Andrei Puscasiu – Banham Academy (Time Data Security)
  • Connor Leddy – Belfast Metropolitan College (VIS Security)
  • Harry Dickson – EFT Systems
  • Jamie Pearson – New College Lanarkshire (King Communications & Security)
  • Matt Edmonson – Skills for Security (DCA Security Systems)
  • Sean Edwards – Hopwood Hall College (Delta Telecom)
  • Stephen Hyland – Belfast Metropolitan College (Spie)
  • Thomas Sixsmith – EFT Systems

Fire Detection and Alarm Systems competition 

  • Daniel Ditchett – Hopwood Hall College (Aarhus Fire and Security)
  • Erjon Berisha – South Eastern Regional College (Ashdale Engineering)
  • Gianluca Mori – Banham Academy
  • Jack Matthews – South Eastern Regional College (Brendon Martin)
  • Jonathan Wilde – Hopwood Hall College (Poppy Fire Ltd)
  • Matthew Blair – South Eastern Regional College (Building Protection Systems NI)
  • Nicholas Allan – Skills for Security (Connelly Security Systems)
  • Ross Black – New College Lanarkshire (Fortress Security)

Winners of the fire and security competitions will go on to compete at the WorldSkills UK national finals, taking place between 14-17 November across colleges in Greater Manchester this year.

Congratulations to all the winners, as well as to those who made the Engineers of Tomorrow finals earlier this year.

Hear more about the Engineers of Tomorrow and WorldSkills UK process from the SSAIB’s Training Manager, Trevor Jenks, at IFSEC and FIREX 2022, below:


The Engineers of Tomorrow & WorldSkills UK 2023 process

  • 27 February-24 March: Registration open
  • 4-29 April: Knowledge-based online assessments take place
  • 16-18 May: Engineers of Tomorrow finals at IFSEC and FIREX (ExCeL, London) – Winners of both competitions go on to compete at WSUK
  • July: Announce national finalists
  • September/October: Training bootcamp for WSUK finals
  • November: WorldSkills UK National Finals
  • December – Winners announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards (JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London)

Find out the winners of 2022’s competition, here >>

Stakeholders of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition are IFSEC, FIREX, Skills for Security, CSL, NSI, SSAIB, and Texecom Academy, while it is also supported by the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) and WorldSkills UK.

In addition, several manufacturers have demonstrated their own commitment to the event. As part of a three-year commitment, Texecom and CSL both donate equipment to be used in the heats, whilst C-Tec and Apollo Fire Detectors – both part of the Halma Group – donate products for the fire competition.

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