A Kilwinning joiner has landed his second major award in the space of six months.

Adam Cairney, who works with North Ayrshire Council, was named Scottish Building Apprentice of the Year (4th year) at APSE’s prestigious awards ceremony on Thursday night.

But receiving recognition is something he must be used to as he previously won top prize in the building skills category at the APSE National Housing and Building Apprentice of the Year Awards in October.

The apprentice awards are designed to formally recognise the talent of apprentice tradespersons and the local authorities who continually provide first class training and employment initiatives.

Adam said he was thrilled with the recognition and that joinery is in his blood.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to get another award. I enjoy working with the Council and must thank them for all the support they have shown me.

“My dad and big brother are both joiners and there was never any doubt that I would become one too.”

Cabinet member for place, Councillor Jim Montgomerie said he is delighted with Adam’s achievement.

He said: “To win two awards in such a short space of time demonstrates Adam’s ability and the high regard he is held in.

“He has demonstrated a tremendous attitude and dedication to his chosen career and should serve as an example to other apprentices across the UK.

“The council is committed to investing in its future workforce and our training and development programmes are designed to give our trainees the best experience and exposure to a range of skills and opportunities and to ensure we are always on track to attract and retain talent.”

Yvonne Baulk, head of service (physical environment) said: “Adam is a fantastic young man and a great role model for anyone looking to become an apprentice.

“He has worked extremely hard and has shown a great deal of skill and determination to carve out a career for himself.”