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Former Warsash cadet David Barfoot has won the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Trainee Officer of the Year award at the Marine Society and Sea Cadets annual court in London.
Presented by the Minister for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, the award is for newly qualified officers and recognises outstanding achievement in academic and professional progress, contribution to their class, determination in the face of adversity and promotion of careers at sea.
David, 35, was a foundation degree engineering cadet and passed out from the Academy this summer.
He says: “It’s a huge honour to receive such an accolade from such a renowned organisation. It adds to the confidence I have gained since obtaining my engineering qualification and gives me the belief that upon embarking on this new career, if I work hard enough and do my best, I can achieve anything I set my mind too.”
The awards include nominations from all the nautical academic institutions in the UK and their sponsoring shipping and training management companies.
David’s cadetship was sponsored by Wilhelmsen Ship Management and managed by Clyde Marine Training. Clyde Marine Training's training officer, Wayne Shettle, says: “We recruited David at the start of his cadetship and it has been a pleasure seeing what he has achieved during the past three years. We are delighted David has been honoured with this award and wish him every success with his future career.”
Since finishing his studies, David has joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary as an engineering officer and is looking forward to a long and successful career.
John Bazley, Head of Academic and Certification Programmes at Warsash, says: “David was an excellent student; not only did he achieve exceptional academic results but he also played a key role in supporting his fellow students. He clearly enjoyed his cadetship and made the most of the broader student experiences and opportunities available to him through studying at Solent.”
David’s main motivation for choosing a career in the maritime industry is the pride he feels is associated with it. He says: “The maritime industry has a rich and inspiring history and unlike any other career, the scenery changes daily, the people you work with are diverse and the skills you learn can be adapted to a whole host of career opportunities.
“The job gives you a sense of accomplishment in that as an engineer, you are completely responsible for the ship's capabilities and seaworthiness,” he continues.
Talking about his time at Warsash, David says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed the sense of camaraderie shared with other students and the tireless support and belief instilled by lecturers, who were always on hand to advise and give additional time.”
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