Engineers of Tomorrow Security Installation Competition

The UK Skills Competition for Young Security & Fire Engineers and Apprentices

The highly respected Engineers of Tomorrow competition is designed to recognise and showcase the next generation of security and fire systems installers from across the UK. The competition helps to raise the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunity they represent within the sector.

Regional heats will take place between January and March 2020, where over 150 apprentices will take part in a live installation challenge. The top 24 apprentices will then proceed to the semi-final at IFSEC International 2020, taking place at ExCeL London. With over 34,000 visitors, IFSEC International is where the security and fire safety industries meet. 

NEW FOR 2020: The 8 top security apprentices will proceed to the final at WorldSkills UK LIVE, taking place at Birmingham NEC on 19 - 21 November. Attracting over 70,000 visitors, WorldSkills UK is the UK's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be presented to the top 3 and they will receive a cash prize at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards.

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

Enter a regional competition:

Northern Ireland

25th March 2020, SERCS

To get involved in this competition contact:
Stuart Rankin: [email protected]


10th, 11th & 12th March 2020, New College Lanarkshire

To get involved in this competition contact:
Derek McInally: [email protected]
Darrell Gilmour: [email protected]

North West England

W/C 2nd March & 30th March 2020, Skills for Security Knutsford

To get involved in this competition contact:
David Scott: [email protected]


TBC, Gower College Swansea

To get involved in this competition contact:
Steve Williams: [email protected]

“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

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
  • 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. 

What do the competitors think?


“We’re excited and proud to continue our partnership with IFSEC and the Engineers of Tomorrow program, and the important work of developing the industry’s next generation of leaders and technical experts. The competition every year is one of the highlights of IFSEC International, and the results achieved by the EoT program are a credit to the fantastic and talented young engineers that eagerly participate every year.”

Texecom, Official Technology Advisor

“CSL is proud to be a Stakeholder and the Official Connectivity Partner of Engineers of Tomorrow. EoT showcases the skills needed to embrace new and exciting technologies, as well as playing a vital role in promoting the engineers that will propel the security sector into this exciting new world.”

CSL, Official Connectivity Partner

Want to learn more about apprenticeships in fire & security?

IFSEC International

Following the launch of the new Fire, Emergency and Security sector’s Apprenticeship the Apprentices for Fire and Security (A4FS) stakeholders have put together all the information employers need to know in one handy guide. Click here to download it...

2019 Security Winners

Engineers of Tomorrow

First Place - Adam Smylie & Scott McNab from Beacon Fire & Security

Engineers of Tomorrow

Second Place - Frazer Armstrong from Specialist Fire & Security and Glen Brown from Scan Alarms 

Engineers of Tomorrow

Third Place - Matthew Eminson from Chubb

Engineers of Tomorrow

Third Place - James Beavon from Chubb

2018 Fire Winners

Engineers of Tomorrow

First Place - Callum Tootle & Chris Lomax from EFT Systems

Engineers of Tomorrow

Second Place - Michael Battersby from Evolution & Stephen Gray from Forest Security Alarms

Competition Stakeholders:

Skills for Security

Supported By:

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