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Glasgow-based Alex Bell has gone from working as a festival steward for a major security company to being the “go to” person for IT issues thanks to his Modern Apprenticeship.

Alex worked for the Securigroup company at lots of different types of events and found himself more and more at the Glasgow headquarters where he showed a great ability for IT but didn’t have any formal qualifications.

The company’s Operations Director David Wilson said: “He came in to help us with a few things in the office.

“But he is so passionate about IT and has a thirst for knowledge that we felt it was important to give Alex the opportunity of a Modern Apprenticeship and recognise his talent.”

He added: “As a growing company that employs lots of young people we also wanted to help Alex develop his skills and confidence.

“Alex is now seen as the main person to help with IT issues and we rely on him. He wants to be successful and has a great attitude.”

The 26-year-old spent a couple of years at university working towards a civil engineering degree, before deciding it wasn’t what he wanted to do. He worked as a door supervisor in a few Glasgow pubs and clubs before working with Securigroup.

Alex, who lives in the city’s East End, feels he has found the kind of training which works well for him and allows him to earn while he is learning.

“I hope to have my apprenticeship completed in the next six months and then there are Microsoft qualifications which I would like to work towards,” said Alex, who is originally from Keith, in Moray.

Chris Bradley, of training provider You Train, said: “Alex is enthusiastic and progressing very well. His employer is fully committed to ensuring he has the resources and time to focus on his Apprenticeship which is key to Alex’s continued progression. 

“Through this continued support, Alex can reinforce his knowledge and expand his capabilities, with a view of sharing his new digital skills with his colleagues. We look forward to working with Alex to become Microsoft accredited and supporting him through his training programme and beyond.”

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