A TOURISM student has been shortlisted for a national award after being nominated for her commitment to her studies.

Alison Healey, aged 18, is in the running for the BTEC Student of the Year award, which recognises excellence in vocational education.

The teenager from Farnworth was nominated for the awards by her tutor at Bury College, where she studies travel and tourism.

Alison said: "I am really happy and shocked. It is so nice to be recognised and is the motivation I need to keep on going."

Judging for the final stage of the BTEC Awards 2018 recently took place, with winners due to be announced this summer.

During her time at Bury College, Alison has been on several overseas trips and visits where she has gained the sills, knowledge and experience of different cultures.

The former St James’s Church of England High School pupil visited Rioja in Spain where she spent five days teaching English to eight-year-old Spanish school pupils.

Alison said: "My trip to Rioja was amazing. It really built my confidence and was an opportunity to learn about different cultures and lifestyles. The whole trip really opened up my eyes."

As part of her Bury College study programme, Alison completed a work experience placement at the Premier Inn, Bury, where she worked on the main reception. Following the success of her placement, Alison was awarded a part-time contract with the hotel chain.

In addition to her studies, Alison is also completing the NCFE Cabin Crew certificate.

Alison said: "It is amazing how work experience can pay off and actually lead to securing a job. I have loved my Bury College travel course and the practical training has prepared me for a job in the industry."

Sarah Partington, Bury College curriculum manager of travel and tourism, said: "The travel team are extremely proud of Alison and all her achievements.

"Despite personal challenges, she has remained a conscientious and dedicated travel student who constantly strives to exceed her targets and do her best.

"The enthusiasm and resilience Alison has displayed during both work experience placements has meant she has successfully secured employment in her dream job.

"It is testament to her and all her hard work that she has achieved this national nomination and has started her career in the travel and tourism industry."