A TALENTED apprentice joiner received a prestigious training award.

James Evans, 17, of Saughall Road, Blacon has won an award from the college he is training at with Chester & District Housing Trust.

James, who has been working as an apprentice for nearly two years with CDHT, has completed his NVQ Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery at Yale College in Wrexham.

He received the prestigious annual Yale Training Wood Award at the college’s recent awards evening.

Dedicated to his trade, James, who also won the award for design and technology while studying at Blacon High School, has focused his energies on improving his craftsmanship at the College’s Construction Centre.

James said: “It was really exciting to win the award; my hard work has paid off. Thanks to Justin Ellerington, who has taught me a lot and looked after me at CDHT.

“I also worked with Ken Jones, who recently retired and my supervisor Nathan Coates, who have all helped me and looked after me. I work in a brilliant team at CDHT; work is cracking – I am really enjoying it.”

As well as winning a certificate and £200 of tools from Yale College, James received a letter of congratulations from CDHT’s chief executive John Denny, along with a £50 voucher.

David Wrigley, CDHT assistant director of property services, added: “James has now been employed with TrustWorks as an apprentice joiner for nearly two years and this award is an outstanding recognition of the efforts and progress he has made both in his technical ability and professional approach to work and his colleagues.

“We are delighted he has been successful, as this further enhances our reputation in supporting and developing our own workforce through learning, development and apprenticeships.”