Travel agent Shannon Green won a prestigious national apprenticeship award last night.

The Althams Travel agent, who has worked her way up to assistant manager of the Bolton branch,  was named Intermediate Apprentice of the Year at the 14th annual National Apprenticeship Awards.

She fought off competition from hundreds of other apprentices across the country.

In four years with Althams, starting as a 16-year-old, Green has achieved NVQ Diplomas in Travel Service Level 2 and 3 and an Apprenticeship Diploma in Team Leading. She is now the mentor for Altham’s new apprentice in Bolton.

She said: “I am so proud that my apprenticeship has lead me along an amazing learning journey and given me opportunities to progress in my chosen career. Listening to such inspirational achievements from other apprentices has really confirmed that apprenticeships are an opportunity open to all. I am so proud to have been a part of this amazing experience.”

Sue Husband, director of the National Apprenticeship Service, added: “The National Apprenticeship Awards showcase the breadth of apprenticeships on offer in a range of dynamic industries across the country. Apprenticeships are for everyone and I thank every employer and apprentice celebrated for their passion for, and commitment to, apprenticeships.

“This year’s winners are all shining examples of how apprenticeships develop outstanding talent whilst enhancing the incredible work of employers. I am certain all of our winners have a bright future thanks to the enriching benefits that apprenticeships bring.”

The awards, which took place at Grosvenor House in Mayfair, London, recognise excellence in two areas: businesses that grow their own talent with apprentices and apprentices who have made a significant contribution to their workplaces.