Students recognised as Engineers of Tomorrow

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Apprentices from New College Lanarkshire have been recognised as two of the best in their industry at a prestigious awards ceremony in London’s Park Lane.

Martin Hannaway, 25 from Motherwell and Corrie Stewart, 23 from Kirkintilloch, were awarded second place at the Engineers of Tomorrow at the 18th Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2017, which took place on Wednesday 22 November at London Hilton on Park Lane.

The pair were awarded in front of over 1,500 industry practitioners at the glittering awards ceremony, which was presented by TV Presenter Gabby Logan.

Corrie, who now works in the College, said: “It was an amazing experience just to attend the awards, which are such a big deal in the industry calendar.

“So to actually be awarded on stage in front of thousands of the best in the industry was just incredible – an experience I will never forget.”

Martin Hannaway, who is an Engineer at Image Systems and Technology, said: “The competition as a whole was a great experience, one I will never forget.

“Competing against talented engineers and being placed second is a fantastic achievement. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me through my apprenticeship including the lecturers and engineers who I worked with. Hopefully I can pass on my knowledge I have gained to the future Engineers of Tomorrow.”

The apprentices were invited to the ceremony after winning their heats at IFSEC International’s 19thannual Engineers of Tomorrow contest which took place in ExCeL London from 20-22 June, beating more than 60 young engineers.

Over the course of three days they were challenged with completing 90-minute installation challenge, identifying and fixing faults in security systems.

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David Scott, Curriculum and Quality Leader in the Faculty of Engineering, said: “I am so proud of Corrie and Martin, they have done an amazing job competing to such a high standard and representing themselves, New College Lanarkshire and their employers nationally.

“This was a fantastic experience for our young apprentices to be given an opportunity to attend such a prestigious event in the Hilton Parklane. Being able to compete at the highest of levels against other apprentices in Britain and then being presented with such a prestige award is phenomenal.

“For me personally it is what education is all about. Corrie and Martin will never forget this experience and will talk to their peers, employers and future students about the experiences, which will hopefully raise the profile of the apprenticeship programme here in Scotland.

“New College Lanarkshire invest a number of resources in competitions and to be awarded second in Britain is a fantastic achievement.”

Sponsored by CSL, NSI, SSAIB and Skills for Security the competition serves as a platform through which apprentices and engineers not only burnish their credentials as installers/engineers but help to raise the profile of their employers too.

New College Lanarkshire students have attended the Security Excellence Awards three times in the last six years, achieving first place twice and a second place - proving that NCL is an industry leader in Security Training.

The College is the leading provider in Scotland for Electronic Fire and Security Apprenticeships, and recently opened a state-of-the-art securities hub in Kirkintilloch.

For more information on the apprenticeship, visit: http://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/electrical-and-electronic/electronic-fire-and-security-adult-apprenticeshi

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