Apprentices are bright sparks at security awards

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TWO apprentices from New College Lanarkshire have received one of the highest accolades for trainees in the security industry.   

Darrell Gilmour, from Law, South Lanarkshire, and Andrew McCullough, from Carluke, recently attended IFSEC’s Security and Fire Excellence Awards in London where they were awarded the Engineer of Tomorrow award. 

The pair, who have been friends for a number of years, entered the competition earlier this year while in their third and final year on the Electronic Security Systems modern apprenticeship course at the Motherwell Campus. 

Taking part in the three day competition in May, Darrell and Andrew had to do a full installation of an intruder alarm system while also completing a written test. 

They were the winners of their day and were invited to an awards ceremony where they were announced as the overall winners of the three days.

Andrew, 20, said: “Going to the awards was a brilliant experience as it was great to meet so many people from the industry, and to win Engineer of Tomorrow was just amazing. We were very overwhelmed as we really never expected to win.”

Darrell, who is also 20, added: “We were quite anxious on the night, sitting there hearing third and second place being called, it was hard not to feel the nerves. When they announced the first prize and we heard our names we were ecstatic.”

Darrell and Andrew have known each other for years after going to Carluke High School together, enrolling on the apprenticeship course at New College Lanarkshire and now working together at Kings Security, in Wishaw, having qualified in the summer. 

Andrew said: “The course at New College Lanarkshire was second to none. The facilities are brilliant and the lecturers were always there to offer their support. I couldn’t have asked for better.”

Darrell added: “The College allowed us to develop a great working relationship and we were both able to bring our knowledge and skills to this competition. 

“This has also had a positive impact on our work at Kings Security. They can see how well we work together and we have been given quite a bit of responsibility over the last 18 months, working on challenging jobs.”

New College Lanarkshire is the leading provider in Scotland for the Electronic Security Systems course. 

Martin McGuire, principal at New College Lanarkshire, congratulated the duo on their success.

He said: “The College is delighted for Darrell and Andrew - to receive such a prestigious award is a testament to their hard work. 

“At New College Lanarkshire we want to ensure our students have access to the best facilities and our modern apprenticeship courses are a popular avenue for young people looking to develop their skills. 

“Darrell and Andrew have developed a fantastic working partnership which has extended to the work place where they are excelling. We wish them all the best for the future.” 

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