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 engineers and apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge, returned to IFSEC International this year for the 20th time.

This year the competition  took a further step towards tackling the the growing engineering skills gap by adding a live installation challenge for fire apprentices, as well as for those from the security sector, following a successful trial in 2017. Taking place over three days at London ExCeL, the competition pitted more than 60 young engineers – working in teams of two – against each other.  The top five teams of the overall competition that took place over IFSEC and FIREX have been invited to the Security & Fire Excellence Awards in November, where the winning places will be announced. The winner will claim a £1,000 prize.

“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

Winners to be announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards on Wednesday 21 November, London Hilton.

What is the competition about?

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 FIREX 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 FIREX International audience. 

The practical bit

Competitors undertake a 90 minute assessment, working in pairs to install and commission an fire alarm system.

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. 

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Eaton - [email protected].

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Our 2017 winners:

Engineers of Tomorrow

First Place - Max Wheeler & Danny Harding from Chubb

Engineers of Tomorrow

Second Place - Corrie Stewart & Martin Hannaway from New College Lanarkshire

Engineers of Tomorrow

Third Place - Sean Reynolds & Josh Williams from Trinity Fire & Security

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Skills for Security