A CARLTON care worker has been named Apprentice of the Year - just two months after finding out he will be a father.

Twenty-one-year-old Luke Matthews is an apprentice at Community Places in Great Houghton, and works with people with various disabilities and special needs.

The home works with the Chesterfield-based Apprentice Team which nominated him for their South Yorkshire Apprentice of the Year award.

Apprentice Team recruiter Mark James said Luke had gone 'above and beyond the call of duty' in his six months at Community Places, beating 300 other applicants to the title.

"It was brilliant - I was really shocked that I actually won the award," said Luke. "I couldn't thank the guys enough. It's my second piece of good news, too, as I've just found out I'm going to be a dad."

He is glad he took a chance on the two-year apprenticeship as he truly loves his job.

"The best thing about it is, after every shift, knowing that I've done something for the two people I work with and taught them something. It's a great feeling," he said.