SSAIB Eagerly Anticipates 20th Anniversary of Engineers of Tomorrow Competition at IFSEC 2018

SSAIB Eagerly Anticipates 20th Anniversary of Engineers of Tomorrow Competition at IFSEC 2018

As one of the main stakeholders, SSAIB is once again gearing up for the Engineers of Tomorrow competition next week - as it returns to IFSEC International for its 20th anniversary.

Engineers of Tomorrow sees young security apprentices compete against each other in a live installation challenge and, 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.

This year, the competition is taking a further step towards tackling 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. Competitors will undertake a 90-minute assessment, working in pairs to install and commission a fire alarm system.

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 in a 90-minute installation challenge. Participants must assess an installed intruder alarm system, identify faults, re-commission the system and apply relevant remedial measures as needed.

The competition, which also includes a theory test, is overseen by a panel of judges that will include SSAIB training manager Trevor Jenks, technical manager David Roscoe and auditor Nick Grewcock. 

The heat winners – one team per day – will then be invited to the Security and Fire Excellence Awards in November, where an overall winner of the £1,000 prize will be announced.

Engineers of Tomorrow is part of Apprenticeships for Fire and Security, which helps aspiring engineers into careers in the fire and security industry and supports their development. The scheme has already launched the careers of more than 3,000 young apprentices.

Sponsored by SSAIB, CSL, NSI, and Skills for Security, the competition promotes an undervalued discipline, boosts the confidence and careers of talented apprentices and raise the profile of their employers. The winners also earn NVQ portfolio credits.

For more information on the Engineers of Tomorrow competition - including details of the prizes, previous winners and how the challenge works – please visit https://www.ifsec.events/international/engineers-tomorrow or view the video below.