Hannah Muggleton, who works at The Knoll Care Home, finished her NVQ in an astonishing three months, when she was expected to take a year.
Now the 23-year-old, who is expecting her first baby in a matter of weeks, has been named “achiever of the month” by the firm that oversaw her qualification.
Course leaders were wowed by Hannah’s commitment to completing the course before she went off on maternity leave.
Hannah started as a Care Assistant at The Knoll, in Stroud Road, Tuffley, in 2014 and will be back to work next year.
She said: “I love my job and I was determined to get my NVQ before I went off on maternity leave. The course has really boosted my confidence and I was spurred on by the kind praise and support from my colleagues, who really helped me believe in myself.
“I’ll miss everybody I work with, and of course the residents, while I’m away but I’m really looking forward to meeting my baby too.”
Debbie Smith, manager of The Knoll, said: “We’re over the moon for Hannah. She’s worked so hard and it’s an amazing achievement to have got through what was expected to take a year in just three months. She never complained about the workload she was taking on. She just got on with it. We’re very proud of her.”