Alan Dawe, Adult Learner of The Year 2015 received his award from Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council.
The achievements of adult learners were celebrated at an awards ceremony held by South Ayrshire Council within the County Hall in Ayr.
A total of 580 adult learners participated in a wide range of programmes and courses, from literacy learners who have completed study in basic skills to first step back learners who gained nationally recognised qualifications.
Learners spoke about the impact of their learning and how they had built confidence and gained new skills to move on to further education or seek employment. Some of the courses studied included the Parents Early Education Partnership programme, PC Passport, Front of Office Skills, Customer Care, First Aid and the Certificate for Personal Licence Holders.
Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "The achievements of these adult learners clearly show that whatever your age and interests there are ways of learning to suit everyone. Some of the learners who started off with basic courses for literacy and numeracy skills have progressed on to more challenging courses.
"It is important that throughout our lives we continue to learn new skills and improve the ones we have. Some of these adult learners have been able to secure employment thanks to their new skills and others are putting them to good use within their communities helping others."
Also acknowledged at the ceremony were the many volunteers, tutors, staff and partners who directly helped the adult learners on their journey to success.
Councillor Toner presented some special achievement awards at the ceremony:
Sophie Wagner from Dunure received the Young Adult Learner of the Year in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Dunure Youth Club and to the local community.
Iwona Piasecka was awarded the Adult Literacies Learner of the Year for the development of her language skills and progress on to volunteering and helping others.
Alan Dawe from Lochside was presented with Adult Learner of the Year, he took his love of sport and applied it to gaining qualifications which helped secure him employment and he is now helping others in his local community.
The Learning Group of the Year accolade went to Rosie's Retro Retail Project. A group of adults with learning difficulties who enhanced their skills, motivation and confidence through successful work placements in a gift shop in Ayr. This group also recently received an award at the Scottish Parliament for the innovative nature of their learning.
The event successfully highlighted the positive impact that learning can have on the lives of individuals, families and communities.
Councillor Toner concluded: "These adult learners are all very inspiring and I would encourage any adult who wants to learn new skills to take those first steps you will never regret it."
For more information about adult learning call 1292 263304 or pop in to The Learning Shop, 2 New Bridge Street, Ayr, KA7 1JX.