A TEENAGE apprentice has 'changed the way' his company operates after devising innovative new software.

Ryan Kenny first joined Woolston-based Stanley Black and Decker on a work experience placement three years.

The 17-year-old then enrolled on an apprenticeship with the Hardwick Grange tool and hardware manufacturer through Warrington and Vale Royal College, formerly Warrington Collegiate.

Now the software developer is receiving plaudits after creating a 'cutting edge' training and succession programme called Centurion.

He has won a prestigious company award during an all-expenses paid trip to Miami, and was given $10,000 of Stanley Black and Decker shares.

Russell Lodge, continuous improvement manager at Stanley Black and Decker, said: "As part of our employee engagement programme, I have the privilege of working with young talented individuals who show a passion for learning and development.

"Ryan initially started on a week's work experience placement working within continuous improvement, where we could utilise Ryan's software skills to support this exciting project.

"During Ryan's time during work experience and his apprenticeship, Ryan has developed at an astonishing pace where he has extended his IT software and development skills and a solid understanding of multiple aspects of the business.

"Ryan has displayed what a young student can achieve with hard work, support and commitment.

"He looks to be key in the system's implementation both in the USA and Europe in the future."

Having completed his apprenticeship seven months early, Ryan has been offered a permanent position as business systems analyst, while the company is sponsoring him to embark on a degree in business and IT.

Ryan added: "When I walk through Stanley's building in Woolston and see my systems and what I have built up there on 80 inch monitor with numerous people using them, it feels quite humbling.

"It's such a privilege to be a part of.

"My apprenticeship with Stanley Black and Decker would not have been possible without Warrington and Vale Royal College."