Security challenge heats up for engineers of tomorrow

Electronic Fire and Security apprentices nearing the end of their training have showcased their skills in a three-day competition at New College Lanarkshire. Forty third-year Modern Apprentices took part in the Security Skills Challenge at the college’s Kirkintilloch Campus.

The challenge was designed as a real-life scenario in which students use the skills and knowledge gained over the course of their studies to install and commission either a fire alarm or intruder alarm to the relevant British and European standards.

The four apprentices who garnered the most points from their installations will now receive sponsored spots at the IFSEC International event in London in June to compete against the best in the UK at the Engineers of Tomorrow competition.

New College Lanarkshire’s state-of-the-art hub for Electronic Fire and Security Systems currently trains around 200 Modern Apprentices and 40 students and pre-apprentices, in addition to providing upskilling opportunities for existing workers in the industry.

David Scott, Curriculum and Quality Leader, said: “The apprentices put on an amazing spectacle. Year on year, the standard of the apprentices’ work continues to improve. “The Electronic Fire and Security team organised an amazing event, and I am proud to be part of such a hard-working team of professionals.

SELECT President Kevin Griffin who also attended the event said “The challenge was a great showcase for this sector and I was really pleased to represent SELECT at the Skills challenge. The new hub is a great training centre and we at SELECT look forward to developing our relationship with New College Lanarkshire”.

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