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First cohort of marine electro-technical officers pass out from Warsash

poc-meto-march-2016A group of marine electro-technical (METO) officer cadets have recently celebrated the completion of their foundation degree in Marine Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The January 2013 cohort are the first ever METO officer cadets to have graduated from Warsash.

The special occasion was honoured with officer cadet Adeyemi Ojuade being awarded the first Radio Officers’ Association Electro-Technical Officer Prize, which was presented by Professor Brian Cotton, Life President of the Radio Officer’s Association.

The award, known as the ROA ETO Prize, is to be issued annually by the Radio Officers’ Association to the Warsash officer cadet who gains the highest marks in the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress & Safety System) Radio Maintenance Certificate examination. This certificate is an integral part of the foundation degree.

Adeyemi Ojuade, sponsored by Chiltern Maritime Ltd, says: ”I feel very honoured to receive this award. I had a BTEC in engineering electronics and when NYK Ship Management UK Ltd offered me the opportunity, I applied for the METO foundation degree to further my career and skills in electronics.

“I have always liked the sea, loved travelling, and I hope to one day gain enough experience to eventually look at becoming an electrical safety officer and consultant in this field.

Adeyemi Ojuade and Amber Hamson“I have enjoyed my studies at Warsash, it has been a fantastic learning experience which has widened my knowledge practically and theoretically. I have been taught by amazing lecturers and trained on some of the best electronic equipment.”

Professor Brian Cotton, who handed over the prize at a ceremony at Warsash in says: “We offer Adeyemi our heartiest congratulations as the first winner of the Association’s prize. We hope that his success will encourage others to compete for future awards.

“We also commend the staff at the University and the Academy for their support, and Adeyemi can be justly proud of his achievement in the GMDSS Radio Maintenance Certificate course. We hope his prize and certificate will have some part to play in a successful career, wherever that may take him.”

It was also a first for Cadet Amber Hamson; not only is she the first female graduate as METO officer from the academy, but she’s also the first Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) female METO officer cadet.

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