Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
August 2, 2019

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fire and security competition

The apprentice installers who triumphed in the Engineers of Tomorrow 2019

The heat winners of the Engineers of Tomorrow 2019, which pits apprentice fire and security installers against each other in an installation competition, are revealed below.

The competition, which takes place annually at IFSEC International, ExCeL London, aims to help tackle the growing engineering skills gap and attract and retain the next generation of installers.

Apprentices competed in regional heats held at selected colleges across the UK. Finalists then competed in pairs to showcase their skills in a three-hour installation challenge, where they installed and commissioned an intruder or fire alarm system, including tracking and amending system faults.

The winners and their employers have been invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards, taking place 20 November 2019, London Hilton, Park Lane. Cash prizes go to overall winners (£1,000), runners-up (£500) and for third place (£300).

Day one heat winners

Heat winners – intruder alarms

Day one

  • Winners: Joe Wheatley & Luke Wadsley, PWP Building services
  • Runners up: Charlie McFarlane & Tom Saunders, EFT Systems

Day two

  • Winners: Adam Smylie & Scott McNab, Beacon Fire and Security
  • Runners up: Frazer Armstrong, Specialist Fire and Security & Glen Brown, Focus Security Solutions

Day three

  • Winners: Matt Eminson & Ryan Harker, Chubb Fire & Security
  • Runners up: Alfie Night, Intech Fire and Security & Szymon Freygant, Abel Alarm Company

Day two heat winners

Heat winners – fire systems

Day one

  • Winners: Joe Smith & Scott Hurford, Code Security Systems
  • Runners up: Jordan Miners, T.H. White & Louis Morgan, BAC Fire and Security

Day two

  • Winners: Michael Battersby Palmaris & Stephen Gray, Forest Security Alarms
  • Runners up: Aislin McDaid, Atlas Fire and Security & Megan Davidson, H&J Martin

Day three

  • Winners: Callum Tootle  & Chris Lomax, EFT Systems
  • Runners up: Jose Rodrigues, Chubb & Jack McMurray, Chubb Fire & Security

Day three heat winners

For the first time in its 21-year history the competition will launch at WorldSkills UK LIVE, the nation’s largest skills and careers event. In 2020, EoT will take winners to WorldSkills UK, providing another platform for apprentices to supercharge their careers.

Stakeholders of Engineers of Tomorrow IFSEC & FIREX are CSL, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security. The competition promotes an undervalued discipline, boosts the confidence and profile of talented apprentices and promotes their employers.

In conjunction with Apprentices for Fire and Security (A4FS), which helps place young apprentices in the fire and security sectors, the initiative was set up to address a serious skills shortage in the fire and security sectors.

For more information or enquiries, please email: [email protected]

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