Once again, the esteemed Engineers of Tomorrow apprenticeship competition took place at IFSEC and FIREX in London from May 16th to 18th. The recently unveiled champions are now gearing up to participate in the upcoming security and fire WorldSkills UK finals scheduled for November.
Engineers of Tomorrow (EoT) is a competition designed to elevate the profile of engineering apprenticeships and the opportunities they offer within the sector while also showcasing the emerging talent of the next generation. This event is an annual fixture at IFSEC and FIREX International.
The competition comprises two distinct categories: one for electronic security systems and another for fire systems. The victors of the Engineers of Tomorrow competition subsequently advance to the prestigious WorldSkills UK (WSUK) LIVE competition, a premier event dedicated to skills, apprenticeships, and career prospects in the UK. It’s worth noting that both electronic security and fire competitions are represented at both EoT and WSUK, emphasizing their significance within the broader UK skills industry.
In the Fire Detection and Alarm Systems competition, Daniel Ditchett from Hopwood Hall College, representing Aarhus Fire and Security, emerged a finalist, showcasing exceptional skills and expertise.
He will proceed to compete at the WorldSkills UK national finals scheduled to take place between 14-17 November, hosted across various colleges in Greater Manchester this year.
Daniel Ditchett’s advancement to the WSUK national finals is a personal achievement but also a recognition of the high standards that Aarhus Fire and Security and Hopwood Hall College maintains. It inspires aspiring engineers and apprentices across the United Kingdom, showcasing the potential for growth and success within the industry.
We eagerly anticipate the results of the WorldSkills UK national finals in November. We wish Daniel Ditchett and all the other contestants the best in pursuing excellence in engineering and security systems. Their journey is a testament to the power of determination, hard work, and the opportunities apprenticeships can offer to shape a promising career.
Here is a breakdown of the Engineers of Tomorrow and WorldSkills UK 2023 timeline:
- From February 27th to March 24th: Registration is open.
- April 4th to April 29th: Knowledge-based online assessments take place.
- May 16th to 18th: Engineers of Tomorrow finals occur at IFSEC and FIREX (ExCeL, London). Winners of both competitions proceed to the WSUK.
- July: Announcement of national finalists.
- September/October: Training boot camp for WSUK finals.
- November: WorldSkills UK National Finals.
- December: Winners are announced at the Security & Fire Excellence Awards (JW Marriott Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London).
Congratulations not only to Daniel Ditchett but also to all the other winners, as well as to those who made it to the Engineers of Tomorrow finals earlier this year.