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RFA deck officer recognised for hard work and commitment

Daisy Jarvis, an officer in the RFA, has been awarded the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Officer Trainee of the Year award.
9 February 2023
A Royal Fleet Auxiliary deck officer has been recognised for her hard work and commitment.

Daisy Jarvis, a third officer in the RFA, has been given the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Officer Trainee of the Year award.

She was nominated for the award by her nautical college the Warsash Maritime School (Solent University Southampton) and the RFA. 

The judging panel made particular note of her exceptional leadership qualities when providing support for her peers.

Daisy put in in time and effort to help overseas students adjust to the UK education system, stepping in when needed, and developing her own problem-solving skills.

The judges were unanimous in agreeing that she would make an excellent ambassador for the profession and will make an excellent officer.

She said: “I have been a volunteer crew member with the RNLI for over a decade and have previously worked as a commercial skipper, so applying for a cadetship and joining the RFA felt like natural progression for me.

“I have always enjoyed being challenged. A nine-to-five job has never appealed to me and, although being in the Merchant Navy involves long periods away from home, there are also many benefits such as continuous career progression and opportunities to travel.”

 
A nine-to-five job has never appealed to me and, although being in the Merchant Navy involves long periods away from home, there are also many benefits

Daisy Jarvis

She added: “I feel honoured to have received such a prestigious award. I knew I had been nominated but I never thought I would actually win. Cadetships are not easy, but I always work hard and complete any task to the best of my ability; I’m grateful that my efforts didn’t go unnoticed.

“I couldn’t have succeeded without the continuous support from my friends, family, fellow students and lecturers. I would like to say a huge thank you to anyone who helped me along the way, either at sea or college.”

Officer Trainee of the Year is an annual award presented by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency which aims to raise the profile of officer training.

Nautical colleges such as Daisy’s in Warsash liaise with shipping companies and are asked to submit nominations for recently qualified officers have achieved academic progress, professional progress and outstanding contributions to their class. Leadership and personal qualities are considered as important as technical competency.

Damien Oliver, interim MCA chief executive who presented the award on the night, said: “Daisy’s perseverance and welcoming attitude to tackling challenges was behind this expert panel of industry judges choosing her as the 2022 winner.

“I am honoured to have met her and had the chance to present such a prestigious award to such a deserving winner.

“It demonstrates the level of cadets we have coming through our academies and the abundance of talent we have training for the future.”


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