Student wins coveted Medal for Excellence

Award winning furniture student Diego Bernasconi
Award winning furniture student Diego Bernasconi

Determination to succeed has turned a College of West Anglia student into a medal winner.

Diego Bernasconi is celebrating being awarded the City and Guilds Medal of Excellence, which recognises and rewards exceptional work in furniture making and design.

Diego (36) of Sutton Bridge, was nominated for the medal whilst studying on the level 2 furniture making and design course and is one of a handful of lucky people to scoop a coveted award for his outstanding work. He is now in his final year of his level 3 Certificate in Furniture Making and Design at the Isle campus in Wisbech.

He explained what attracted him to the course: “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.”

He said: “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.”

“This medal recognises his determination to complete the course, as well as the quality of his work.”

Diego will be presented with his C&G medal by Principal David Pomfret on Wednesday 27 March at 3 pm with his fellow students and tutor present.

David Pomfret said: “The course at the Isle campus has established a fantastic reputation for excellence in furniture making and has gone from strength to strength. This award is a tribute to Diego’s commitment and hard work as well as a credit to the wonderful staff who’ve worked so hard to support him through to this great success.”

Diego is now in the running to win a Lion Award and has been invited to attend City & Guilds’ most prestigious annual awards, at a red-carpet ceremony held at The Roundhouse, London on June 5. The Lion Awards, dubbed the ‘education Oscars’, recognises the best of the best and celebrates learning, success and achievement.