From apprentice to mentor in two years: Fire and security engineer Corrie Stewart of New College Lanarkshire

Corrie Stewart has achieved a lot in her fledgling career in the fire and security sector.

17th September 2018

Beginning an engineering apprenticeship with CSS Ltd in 2015, she went on to win her heat at the Engineers of Tomorrow installation competition at IFSEC 2017 with the help of Martin Hannaway of New College Lanarkshire. The pair secured second place overall in the competition (which marked its 20th anniversary this year with a new fire category).

That wasn’t her only accolade of the year as she then won an apprentice installer award at the British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) Annual Luncheon.

Explaining why he nominated Stewart for the award, David Scott, curriculum and quality leader for built environment and electronic fire and security at New College Lanarkshire, said: “She is performing well beyond her years in terms of understanding systems and system circuitry. Excelling in both the theory and practical elements of her apprenticeship, Corrie has completed 12 units of her qualification with a 90% pass mark or more.”

Scott, who we interviewed about his role in tackling the skills crisis and who made our top industry influencers list this year, added: “Her fantastic interpersonal skills means she never leaves a customer until they are comfortable and compliant in using the systems.”

Three years after starting her apprenticeship Stewart is now a mentor to apprentices at New College Lanarkshire in her latest role as work-based assessor.

To read the full interview please click here