SSAIB Firms' Apprentices Stand to Win a Grand with Engineers of Tomorrow Contest at IFSEC 2017

SSAIB are calling on their registered firms to get behind this year’s Engineers of Tomorrow competition – as apprentices can win up to £1000 and generate free exposure for their employers within the global security industry.

The SSAIB-supported competition takes place at IFSEC 2017 - which this year takes place between June 20-22 at the Excel in London – tests apprentices in the security industry with a written test and a 90-minute practical exam.

As well as being able to prove their skills on an international platform, apprentices compete for three top prizes that could see them walk away with up to £1000 in cash. Star performers will also be presented with their awards at November’s Security & Fire Awards in London.

Firms are able to generate their own benefits as well – as supporting apprentice employees in the Engineers of Tomorrow programme will not only demonstrate to clients that firms are committed to the development of their employees, but the company of the winning apprentice(s) will be rewarded with a complimentary seat alongside their protégée(s) at the Security Excellence Awards.

Participation will not only highlight the skilled workforces of those companies involved, but they will also receive great exposure to the IFSEC International audience throughout the three-day event.

SSAIB chief executive Alex Carmichael commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all of our firms to put forward their best apprentices and show them off to the whole of the security industry. The prizes are great, but even just being involved will benefit both the competitors and their firms massively.

“SSAIB has been involved with the Engineers of Tomorrow at IFSEC for a lot of years now, because we realise the importance that it has in helping apprentices throughout the country. Therefore, we hope our firms can get on board as well and maybe even produce this year’s winner!”

The hour-and-a-half assessment sees competitors 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/or safety measures.

Each entrant will then be marked by a panel of judges from the security inspectorates – including Trevor Jenks, David Roscoe and Richard Deacon from the SSAIB - and points are allocated based on performance in the various disciplines. These marks will then go alongside those gained during a theory test to see which apprentice come out on top.

Alongside the three main prizes, participants compete for daily heat prizes that are presented on each day of the competition and SSAIB will be there to do the honours on Thursday June 20.

Spare places are still available on Tuesday and Wednesday, but companies only have until April 28 to sign their apprentices up for the competition.

For more information – and a copy of the application form – please visit

Good luck!