SLT Training Centre student wins recognition as City & Guilds ‘International Learner of the Year’

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A student of the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Training Centre was crowned as the first Asian to win the ‘International Learner of the Year’ award. He was also the winner of ‘Medal for Excellence’ program under the category of ‘Telecommunication Systems’ at the recently held annual City & Guilds ‘Medal for Excellence and Lion Awards’ at the Round House Theatre in London. Samith Rajapaksha is a student at SLT Training Centre for the Technician Diploma in Telecommunication Systems program under the International City & Guilds (C&G) curriculum. Medal for Excellence recognises the achievements of C&G learners, lecturers and trainers who have achieved results by producing exceptional work – going above and beyond what is expected to achieve their goals. It recognises not only excellent results but also a true journey of progression throughout their qualification. Samith was selected through a highly competitive evaluation process among more than 2.5 million candidates around the world from 80 countries. Samith was nominated by Thusitha Sameera Bandaranayake who was one of the lecturers at the SLT Training Centre. Areas considered for ‘International Learner of the Year’ Award are: highly developed skills, outstanding knowledge, versatility and adaptability, innovation and originality and additional relevant Information. Samith comes from the village of Attanagalle and has encouraged himself to continuously learn and train in the telecommunications field. His work is always performed at very high standards. After completing his level 2 studies in telecommunication systems, Samith joined Sri Lanka Telecom as a trainee. He progressed rapidly and was soon allowed to perform tasks that were normally reserved for advanced technicians. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with others and has also produced a basic handbook for telecom technicians based on what he has learned. This handbook was given to his classmates and it has helped them in preparing for exams. Samith funds his training by working several part-time jobs such as farming in the paddy fields with his father. His dedication to learning and improving his skills surely means that Samith has a bright future ahead of him.