Argentinian College of West Anglia student recognised by the City & Guilds for his exceptional work
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AN Argentinian student has won a prestigious award for his exceptional work in furniture making and design.
Diego Bernasconi, 36, who lives in Sutton Bridge and studies at the College of West Anglia Isle Campus, was presented with a City & Guilds Medal of Excellence by college principal David Pomfret.
Bernasconi was nominated for the medal whilst studying on the level 2 furniture making and design course and is one of a handful of people to scoop the coveted award for his outstanding work.
He said: “I started working in a small carpentry and furniture making business in Argentina and quickly discovered I really enjoyed working with wood and had a passion and talent for it. I thought furniture making would be quite creative.
“The medal is about your attitude as well as what you can produce.
“This course has provided me with the foundation to continue with my further education and to progress and widen my knowledge and understanding of the industry. I am very delighted and proud to have won the award.”
Course tutor, David Houghton said: “We couldn’t be prouder than we are today. Diego has had an amazing result and we think the world of him. He has demonstrated advanced skills and determination to produce his own designs. He goes above and beyond, also showing the new skills he was learning to other students.
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“This medal recognises his determination to complete the course, as well as the quality of his work.”
Bernasconi is now in the running to win a Lion Award, dubbed the ‘education Oscars’, and has been invited to attend City & Guilds’ most prestigious annual awards, a red-carpet ceremony held at The Roundhouse, London on June 5.