06 December 2016


This year’s Engineers of Tomorrow winners were announced by CSL’s Founder Simon Banks at the Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2016. Two Banham Academy apprentices, Max Elsey and Joe Harding, claimed the £1,000 cash prize.

Both winners are currently half way through their Apprenticeships at the Banham Academy, the educational division of the Banham Group, who are the largest provider of security systems in London and the South East.

Max Elsey works in-house at Banham’s Installation Department whilst Joe Harding works for Elm West Security, an SME. Elm West elected for Joe to complete his training at the Banham Academy knowing the success many apprentices have had at the leading training centre in South West London. For the Apprentices to have won the competition with only six months training under their belts is a fantastic achievement!

Kevin Faulkner, Head of the Banham Academy, said:

“We are delighted to have won the IFSEC ‘Engineers of Tomorrow Competition 2016’ and are extremely proud of our Apprentices. Max and Joe have only been Apprentices for 6 months so this is a particularly incredible achievement for them and a true testament to the valuable skills and training the Banham Academy provides young people to further their careers within the industry.”

Simon Banks, Founder of CSL:

“Banham Academy are leading the way with Apprentices – both their own and those from external companies. This is a great example to the rest of the industry. We need to provide more training centres and lobby local colleges to offer the training courses our sector needs to fill the skills gap.”

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