Alex didn’t enjoy school, and left without any GCSEs. Now he is a qualified Network Engineer, designing, troubleshooting and supporting various network solutions for PCM Stack customers.
A Digital Technician by nature, Alex used to use his curiosity, problem-solving skills and determination to solve internet issues at home – connecting his disabled uncle’s mobility unit to the internet when specialists said it wouldn’t be possible without a hefty fee.
‘I thought if they’re saying he can’t have it, I’m going to find a solution. I will do whatever needs to be done so he can stream football, get access to the internet. Access to the internet is such a massive leap forward, you can learn about anything, you can Google, you can do whatever you want.’
Fast forward six years, and Alex has completed an NVQ Level 2 in Business & Hospitality, obtained his GCSEs, and was the first person in the country to complete and gain a Distinction for BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Level 4 Networking Engineering Apprenticeship.
His tip for future technicians? “Adapt, and always set yourself targets to achieve. You can do whatever you want to do in life with hard work and focus.”
Alex's career pathway
- 2008 Left school without any GCSEs
- 2012 Completed a Level 2 NVQ in Hospitality (Business) to get into college
- 2014 Achieved six GCSEs at college
- 2015 Completed a Level 3 advanced IT apprenticeship with Stack Interconnect
- 2017 Passed the BCS Level 4 Network Engineering Trailblazer Apprenticeship with distinction, becoming the first person in the country to do so and became a full-time network engineer with Stack Interconnect. He also professionally registered with RITTech, gaining the MBCS & RITTech initials after his name