Alex Curtis scooped the Digital Apprentice of the Year award at a ceremony held at The Great Hospital in Norwich earlier this month.

The ceremony was segmented into a range of categories including Service Industries, Business Management, Construction, Engineering, Health and Childcare, as well as overall awards for Apprentice and Employer of the year.

Alex’s award was given in recognition of his significant contribution in the workplace and his willingness and dedication to excel in his professional development and learning.

Initially recruited on a short-term contract at the age of 18, Alex was tasked with helping Spectra transfer data onto the company’s new database systems. However, over the two years since, Alex has taken the initiative, welcoming more and more responsibilities, often going above and beyond his job role.

Indeed, Spectra was so impressed with Alex’s enthusiasm and proactive approach, they specifically created a new role within the company for him, appointing him as their dedicated I.T. Apprentice.

During his apprenticeship course at City College, Norwich, Alex also took on a wide range of responsibilities at Spectra. This included regular attends meetings across various departments, liaising closely with Spectra’s programming company, helping with the firm’s new bespoke database systems. On completion of his course, Alex gained an EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles (QCF) and a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals (QCF).

Jonathan Powell, Sales Director at Spectra, commented,

“Alex is an excellent example of a young person grasping an opportunity for himself and excelling. In many ways, he has made a role for himself, which we are only too happy to support. Although he was initially drafted in to help temporarily, he has developed into an integral and valued full-time member of our team”.

Alex’s success is just one example of how Spectra continues to be firmly committed to developing young talent across different departments within the business. This commitment includes working closely in partnership with local colleges such as City College Norwich.

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