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SSTL apprentice wins IET Award

Posted on 09 Jun 2019 and read 799 times
SSTL apprentice wins IET AwardJosh Garguilo joined SSTL (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd) (www.sstl.co.uk) as an Apprentice Lab Technician in 2014; last month, he was presented with the IET’s (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Retired Members Section (RMS) Student Excellence 2018 Award (along with a cash prize of £100 from the local IET network).

During his apprenticeship, Mr Garguilo completed two years of additional study at BTEC Level 3 in electrical and electronic engineering, and he has continued his studies up to HNC level (alongside a Level 4 NVQ).

He has worked on a number of spacecraft at SSTL — recently the Eutelsat Quantum satellite.

Peter Bennison, RMS chairman in the IET’s Solent region (www.theiet.org), said: “Josh had a superb recommendation, and I’m sure he will enjoy the fruits of his labour.

“He has attained very high academic results, and he has a fantastic attitude.”

Mr Garguilo, who studied for his HNC at Highbury College in Portsmouth, said: “I knew I didn’t want to go to university, and there’s not as much onus on exams with apprenticeships.

“I found that coursework-based assessments and less-formal exams are far easier to manage.

“Taking this apprenticeship is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I couldn’t imagine having progressed my career any other way.”