A BORDERS electrician has been named Scotland's Apprentice of the Year.

Cameron Wood from Earlston took the gong and received £500 from the Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) and £500 from Edmundson Electrical.

He is now a qualified electrician and works for JS Hardie Electrical Ltd in Lauder after completing his studies at Borders College in Galashiels.

The 21-year-old said: “I was really surprised when I found out I’d won this award; I definitely didn’t expect it and it’s made all the hard work and sleepless nights worthwhile.

“I really enjoy my job. I do mainly domestic and agricultural work as well as the occasional new-build – it’s always different and I like the challenge and variation. I don’t know what the future holds and don’t have a solid plan but I have plenty of time to think about it.”

David Hardie, director at JS Hardie, said: “Cammy’s a worthy winner of this award. He picks things up well, isn’t scared to ask when he doesn’t know something and his knowledge of the regulations is brilliant.

“He’s also very particular and conscientious – everything’s always very neat and tidy and all his customers say he’s a good worker. I’m sure he’s got a great future ahead of him and that he’ll do well whatever path he follows.”

Fiona Harper, secretary of the SJIB, added: “The SJIB Apprentice of the Year awards, sponsored by Edmundson Electrical, celebrate the best new talent in our industry, and both Cameron and Patrick have both demonstrated excellent skill and dedication. We were disappointed that we were forced to postpone the 2020 ceremony, but we are equally delighted that Patrick has now been recognised for his exceptional talent.”