Software developer Ryan named as ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at Warrington Business Awards

Talented software developer Ryan Kenny has been named as ‘Apprentice of the Year’ at the annual Warrington Business Awards.

Ryan received the award in recognition of his hard work and dedication during his apprenticeship with Stanley Engineered Fastening, provided by Warrington & Vale Royal College.

The 18 year old changed the way the company operates, with his innovative training and succession system now going global.

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 attending an open evening at Warrington & Vale Royal College, Ryan enrolled onto an apprenticeship with Stanley through the college.

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 put plans in place to replace staff, whether that be through recruiting apprentices, upskilling current staff or employing new people.

Ryan – based at Stanley’s Woolston site – is now travelling the world implementing the software. He visited Miami in February as part of an all-expenses paid trip, where he also received the prestigious ‘Make the World’ award and $10,000 in Stanley Black & Decker shares, in recognition of his hard work.

“It feels amazing to be named as Apprentice of the Year. I am completely overwhelmed by it all. It feels like a dream. I’m going from an award ceremony such as the Warrington Business Awards to getting on a plane travelling to Holland, Belgium and Germany,” said Ryan.

“Receiving this award is such an honour and I would like to thank both Stanley and Warrington & Vale Royal College for their support throughout my apprenticeship and helping me on my way to where I am today.”

Ryan, who has been promoted to Business Systems Analyst and now works as part of the European Business Services Team, added: “

“I’m building software systems for a multibillion pound organisation, travelling the world and living my dream.”

In addition to his core apprenticeship IT technical studies, Ryan also completed the Level 3 ILM Leadership & Management qualification at the college. He is now about to embark on a company-sponsored degree in Business & IT, following the completion of his apprenticeship seven months ahead of schedule.

To find out more about the opportunities available at Warrington & Vale Royal College, come to our open evening on Wednesday 27th June, 5.30 PM – 8.00 PM at our Winsford campus.