The hard work has paid off for a number of people from Mansfield and Ashfield with disabilities after they received certificates for new skills and qualifications.
They are all part of the Nottinghamshire County Council’s supported employment programme, which gives people with physical or learning disabilities meaningful work.
The courses were paid for by the county council to help the staff gain more skills for their current jobs and to help them to be more employable in the open job market.
The certificates have been gained in a variety of subjects such as independent living and literacy and numeracy and food hygiene.
The awards were presented by Coun Yvonne Woodhead, vice-chairman of the adult social care and health committee at a special reception at County Hall.
Coun Woodhead said: “Everyone has worked so hard to gain one of these qualifications and they should be very proud of their achievements.
“We hope these extra qualifications will help them in their current jobs and make them a more attractive proposition for future employers.”