Skills for Security, the sector skills body for the private security sector, is pitting security apprentices against each other in a live installation challenge at IFSEC 2018 in London.

A skills challenge designed to find the UK’s best security apprentice, Engineers of Tomorrow sees over sixty young security engineers – working in teams of two – pitted against each other for the coveted award and a £1,000 prize.

The Engineers of Tomorrow challenge takes place over three days at IFSEC 2018. At ExCeL in London on 19–21 June, IFSEC International is Europe’s leading security event.

Competitors undertake a 90-minute assessment, working in pairs to install and commission an intruder alarm system. Each entrant will be marked by a panel of judges from the security inspectorates, NSI and SSAIB, with points allocated based on performance in the various disciplines. There is also a theory test for competitors to complete.

Peter Sherry, chief executive of Skills for Security, says that Engineers of Tomorrow provides a unique challenge to apprentices in the security sector – one that can also benefit their employers. “There’s perhaps no more exciting way to prove your skills than when up against the clock,” says Sherry, “and competition against the best of your peers. But this isn’t just about winning – those who take part can gain credits towards their level 2 or level 3 NVQ portfolio and raise their profile in the industry. It’s great exposure for employers, too.”

There are also heat prizes, presented on each day of the competition. The winners will be presented with their awards at the Security & Fire Awards in London in November.

“Engineers of Tomorrow adds excitement to the sector’s top event,” says Sherry. “I don’t envy the pressure of live installations at a busy venue, but if participants can do this then they’re going to become great employees under any circumstances.”