It hasn't been all work and no play for Solihull student Cheryl Beard.
She used her work experience at a local nursery as inspiration for a business plan that saw her take home a prestigious award.
Chartered accountants, Raftery & Co, sponsor the annual award which is open to Business Studies students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull.
Winner Cheryl, aged 18, of Moorlands Drive in Shirley, will soon have completed her Advanced Vocational Certificate in Education alongside working part-time at Kinderland Day Nursery, also based in Shirley. She used her knowledge gained 'on the job' to create a business plan for 'Jellytots Day Nursery'.
The judging panel were asked to select the student whose business plan would be most likely to succeed: this year's panel included John Osborne, partner at Raftery & Co, Graham Robinson of Yorkshire Bank, and Graham Hughes of the Watson Group of Companies.
Cheryl said: "I started out on a child development course but decided that my real interests lay in business so switched to the AVCE. But this project made me realise my passion for child care could be coupled with the business skills I had developed throughout my studies."