Electronic security apprentices excel at major skills contest in London

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Four apprentices from New College Lanarkshire were on fire at a major electronic security industry skills contest in London.

Aaron Wilson and Stuart McLuskie claimed two first place finishes, while Steven Flanigan and Andrew Tham claimed a first and a second place finish at the 20th annual IFSEC Engineers of Tomorrow competition.

More than 60 student engineers from all over the UK showed off their skills over two days at the ExCeL arena.

Working in teams of two, trainees were challenged with completing 90-minute live installation challenges in addition to completing a theory test.

The final-year Modern Apprentices from New College Lanarkshire impressed the judges in both the intruder alarm installation competition and the fire alarm installation competition, the latter of which was a new skills test for 2018.

They combine their studies at New College Lanarkshire’s recently-opened state-of-the-art securities hub in Kirkintilloch with on-the-job training.

Aaron Wilson, 24, from Dundee, is employed by Dundee-based WRB Fire & Security; Stuart McCluskie, 23, from Larkhall, is employed by NEXUS in Coatbridge; while Andrew Tham, 22, from Cumbernauld, and Steven Flanigan, 20, from Bishopbriggs, are both apprentices with CSS in Glasgow.

The apprentices were selected following their performance in a skills competition held at the College.

David Scott, Curriculum and Quality Leader in the Faculty of Engineering, said: “All four students performed well above what was expected.

“We held our own competition to select our representatives, which is a simulation of the actual competition, so we knew all four were capable of performing under extreme pressures.

“I am so proud of these four guys – never have we had so much success at this competition! It is certainly a year we will not forget in a hurry.”

They will now be invited to attend the glittering Security & Fire Excellence Awards in London in November where the overall winner will claim a £1,000 prize. Awards for second and third places will also be handed out.

In November 2017, two New College Lanarkshire apprentices – Martin Hannaway from Motherwell and Corrie Stewart from Kirkintilloch – were recognised with a second place prize at the awards ceremony hosted by TV presenter Gabby Logan.

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