AN IT apprentice who was taken on as part of the York Apprenticeship Challenge after being hit by a string of redundancies was told in a recent assessment that he was excelling in his new role.

Tom Crook, 24, finally found a placement at Clearwave Enterprise Solutions in York after trying to get an IT apprenticeship since leaving school.

Elliott Chandler, managing director of Clearwave Enterprise Solutions, said Tom had had a really positive impact on the business, delivering consistent customer service and helping him grow the business.

He said: “He has really got stuck into the work and has taken on all the training provided. It’s allowed the business to grow and over the last three months we’ve been able to take on new work.”