A mature student who was inspired to learn something new after being made redundant has been nominated for an award.

Harrow resident Jas Patel has been shortlisted for Student of the Year in Pitman’s Training Super Achievers Awards 2014.

When she took redundancy from her job as an administrator for Homebase in 2009, she decided to use it as an opportunity to take on a new challenge.

She enrolled for a PA course at the Pitman Training Centre, in Metroline House, Harrow, which she has since completed with a distinction.

The three nominees will face a high-profile judging panel before the winners are announced on Friday, February 28.