The achievements of 150 Borders social care workers have been acknowledged at an annual Scottish Borders Council awards ceremony.
Employees from the department and workers in the wider social care sector, who have completed professional training over the past year, were presented with their certificates by Councillor Frances Renton, executive member for social work.
She said: “I am delighted that a large number of our employees within social work services received awards at this ceremony.
“Each one of them has put in a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication and commitment in order to reach their goals.
“By supporting training and development we are investing in the council’s greatest asset, its employees.
“I am also pleased that this event included staff from partner organisations. This ultimately leads to a highly qualified and skilled workforce, a real benefit to the Borders.”
Director of social work, Andrew Lowe added: “Achieving a qualification demands commitment and hard work - both in work and personal time. For many staff, this is their first course of study since leaving school or college.
“Individuals have to balance their course needs with personal and work demands. In making, this commitment to learning and development we play our part in improving the quality of social work services in the Scottish Borders.
“I would also like to acknowledge all those who have provided support and direction to our students – the course trainers, practice teachers, SVQ assessors and the wider team.”