An apprentice who completed his training scheme 12 months ahead of schedule been signed up by leading independent home furnishings store.
Jacob Cook, 21, has joined the IT team at Glasswells in Bury St Edmunds, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.
I was delighted to get a job for a local company.Jacob Cook
He impressed everyone during his National Apprenticeship Scheme with the family-run company.
He started his two-year apprenticeship scheme in January, but completed all the modules in half the anticipated time.
He said: “I was delighted to get a job for a local company. I really enjoyed my time as an apprentice as it was really hands-on and it was great learning and working with various departments.
“I knew the Glasswells name and I knew they had a lot of IT systems which meant there would be lots of learning opportunities.
“They have been very supportive of my development and it is a great team to work for.”
Jacob, who lives in Bury, spent one day a week studying at West Suffolk College alongside his practical work at Glasswells in Newmarket Road.
He has now joined the team full-time, dealing with frontline support and also helping to maintain the Glasswells main website and its sister site dealing with the removals and commercial storage side of the business.
Paul Glasswell, managing director, said: “During Jacob’s 12 months as an apprentice at Glasswells, he has impressed us all.
“He has picked up a lot of knowledge in IT, both at college and also in his working environment, which he has put to good use during our day-to-day business.
“He has been able to make a very worthwhile contribution to a number of reports that we use to make business decisions, which has been helpful.
“We are pleased that he has been able to apply his technical knowledge to real-time issues and his progress has been very speedy.
“To complete his training in half the time is a testimony to his hard work and commitment. We are delighted to have him as a full-time member of staff.”