When Ryan Kenny enrolled on an apprenticeship at Warrington & Vale Royal College, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change.
Now, the 18 year old has the world at his feet and an exciting career ahead of him with Stanley Black & Decker, after being named BTEC Apprentice of the Year.
Ryan was one of 24 winners recognised at the 2018 BTEC Awards this week a glitzy ceremony in London.
An expert panel of 52 judges considered each nominee for the eighth annual awards, with Ryan’s hard work and dedication earning him the title of BTEC Apprentice of the Year (16-18).
It is the latest in a series of accolades for the talented teen, having already been named ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the Warrington Business Awards, as well as at Warrington & Vale Royal College’s own annual FE Awards Ceremony.
Ryan’s incredible success comes less than three years after first walking through Stanley’s doors as part of a high school work placement. He soon wowed his employers, with Stanley’s Manufacturing Continuous Improvement Manager, Russell Lodge, seeing the potential in him.
After high school, Ryan attended an open evening at Warrington & Vale Royal College, enrolling on a level 3 IT Software, Web & Telecoms apprenticeship with Stanley.
He went on to create a cutting edge digital solution to meet the needs of Stanley’s business. Ryan’s training and succession software – Centurion – tracks staff development, alerting management ahead of time when they need to puts plans in place to replace staff.
Ryan, who is based at Stanley’s Woolston site, is now travelling the world implementing the software as part of the European Business Services Team, having been promoted to Business Systems Analyst. He has already visited Miami, where he demonstrated the system to Stanley Black & Decker’s senior management, as well as receiving $10,000 in Stanley shares in recognition of his hard work.