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We are delighted to announce the finalists competing in this year's WorldSkills UK and Engineers of Tomorrow competition.

Engineers of Tomorrow helps to raise the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunities they represent within the sector. Usually taking place at IFSEC and FIREX International each year, winners of regional heats compete in a live installation challenge at the show. In addition, the winners of the electronic security competition will proceed to the final of WorldSkills UK LIVE, the nation's premier skills, apprenticeships and careers event.

The competition, which encompasses two separate events – one for electronic security installers, and the other for installers of fire safety devices – aims to help tackle the growing engineering skills gap and attract and retain the next generation of security and fire systems installers. While the 2020 competition was unfortunately unable to go ahead, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, 2019's competition saw over 100 entrants take part, a number only set to increase as the competition continues to grow.

Despite continued disruption due to the pandemic, the 2021 event is in full flow, with the finalists now having been revealed! The standards were once again extremely high this year, with over 160 entries across the two competitions. Congratulations to all those below who have made it into the final stages of the process:

Electronic Security Systems (WorldSkills UK finalists): 

  • Richard Collingwood (JCI - Training Provider: Banham Academy)

  • Thomas Docherty (JCI - Training Provider: New College Lanarkshire)

  • Gianluca Mori (Banham Group - Training Provider: Banham Academy)

  • Lucas Hearn (Banham Group - Training Provider: Banham Academy)

  • Tony Steer (JCI - Training Provider: Banham Academy)

  • Peter Smylie (Beacon NI - Training Provider: South East Regional College)

  • Sean Kent (JCI) - Training Provider: Banham Academy)

  • Owen Nelson (EFT) - Training Provider: Skills for Security)

  • Josh Stewart (Assure Alarms) - Training Provider: GTG Training)

Fire (Engineers of Tomorrow finalists): 

  • Jessica Goodson (JCI - Training Provider: Banham Academy)

  • Leo Green (BK Fire Ltd - Training Provider: Skills for Security)

  • Tony Steer (JCI - Training Provider: Banham Academy)

  • Adam Smylie (Beacon NI - Training Provider: South East Regional College)

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