Emma Boccari was recently awarded the 2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize for her outstanding work in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Emma Boccari was recently awarded the 2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize for her outstanding work in the tourism and hospitality industry. Linden Morris

Talented Emma earns award

EMMA Boccari now has another impressive credential to add to her resume.

Last week, the 18-year-old was awarded with a 2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize.

Emma said the award had come as a shock.

"I applied at the end of last year, but had forgotten about it," she said.

"I was definitely excited though."

The bubbly brunette said she had started in the hospitality industry in

Year 9, but always had an interest in it, as a result of home economics and hospitality at school.

Emma then started at Varias Restaurant as a school-based trainee in 2011.

During her time at Varias, Emma also won the 2012 QTIC Award for Excellence in Hospitality, and as a result of its scholarship prize, is studying a Diploma of Hospitality at Southbank Institute of Technology.

"Without working here there is no way I could have got those awards," Emma said.

"I can safely say that working here has definitely opened a lot of doors for me."

When she is not home and working at Varias Restaurant, Emma works at Parliament House in Brisbane.

The dedicated worker said she aspired to work her way up through the ranks and one day hoped to own several hospitality businesses.

"I love the hospitality and tourism industry - it is me," she said.

"I figure there is always going to be a need for hospitality and tourism in the world.

"So I am always going to be in work."

Emma's advice to other young hospitality workers was to take any opportunity that came their way - and to make the most of it.

Emma received $2000 as a result of her most recent award and plans to use it to travel.

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