Engineers of Tomorrow

Engineers of Tomorrow

“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

The Engineers of Tomorrow competition, which sees young security apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge, returns to IFSEC International this year for the 19th time.

Given the growing engineering skills gap undermining the industry as well as the wider economy, the need for such an event has never been greater. Taking place over three days at London ExCeL, the competition will pit more than 50 young engineers – working in teams of two – against each other. The heat winners – one team per day – will then be invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November, where an overall winner will be announced. The winner will claim a £1,000 prize.

Entries are still open for the 2017 event, but spaces are running out fast.

What is the competition about?

Engineers of Tomorrow Competition

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
  • You will be given a complimentary seat at the Security Excellence Awards with 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
  • Gain credits towards your Level 2 or Level 3 NVQ Portfolio
  • 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
  • Overall winners will be presented with their awards at the Security & Fire Awards in London in November

Be the star performer in your company's workforce, and get great exposure to the IFSEC International audience. 

See the challenge take place live on the show floor

The practical bit

Competitors undertake a 90 minute assessment, working in pairs to review a previously installed intruder alarm system and identify any faults, before re-commissioning the system and finishing with any additional security and safety measures.

Each entrant has been marked by a panel of judges from the security inspectorates, NSI and SSAIB, and points were allocated based on performance in the various disciplines. There is also a theory test for competitors to complete.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Eaton -

Our 2016 winners:

Max Elsey and Joe Harding

First prize: Max Elsey (Banham) and Joe Harding (Elm West Electrical Company)

Bobby Dhunnay and Carlos Dhunnay

Second prize: Bobby and Carlos Dhunnay (Telcam)

Bradley Gilmour and Jason Townsend

Third prize: Bradley Gilmour and Jason Townsend (Kings)

Apprentices from Telcam Security Systems, SES Alarms of Yeovil and Banham were highly commended in the heats during the Engineers of Tomorrow competition at IFSEC 2016.

Read the full article review of the competition on IFSEC Global

In association with:

Skills for Security