A woman from Eastwood who trains nursery nurses has won a prestigious national award.
Laura Brogan beat off still competition from other trainers across the UK to win the accolade.
The 29-year-old mentors and trains child care workers in Busy Bees nurseries across the East Mildlands.
She visits the nurseries, mentoring 36 apprentices and helping them through their qualifications.
Laura, of Queens Road South, was awarded ‘training officer of the year’ by the Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy.
Speaking about her win, she said: “It came as a bit of a shock to be nominated as it was a very tough category but I am so pleased to have won.
“The whole event was fantastic and a really fun way to celebrate all of the dedicated apprentices at Busy Bees.
“I genuinely love what I do, and to be recognised by Busy Bees Training Academy for the work that I do alongside apprentices is the icing on the cake.”
Trainers nationwide were nominated for the award, and they were then shortlisted down to just four for the awards evening.
A spokesperson for the academy said: “The final four went above and beyond the call of duty and offered fantastic guidance.”
The Busy Bees Early Years Training Academy graduation ceremony was held at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham on May 14.
Each of the winners received a special gift and award as well as a certificate to proudly display at home.
At the event, over 100 graduating apprentices from Busy Bees nurseries across the country gathered to celebrate the completion of apprenticeship programmes in catering, childcare and management.