A HAYLE teenager with a passion for technology has been rewarded for his hard work as an apprentice.
Alex Stafford, 16, who started his apprenticeship at Aztek Technologies in Camborne last year, has been shortlisted for Microsoft's Apprentice of the Year competition.
At a prestigious awards ceremony at the House of Commons he missed out on the top spot but proud dad David, 38, said just getting there was 'winning' at his age.
He said: "Alex had a fantastic day and we are over the moon. Just delighted."
Alex was offered his job after impressing the managers during two weeks' work experience with the company.
Since then the former Hayle Community School student has completed qualifications in computing and key skills and completed his apprenticeship.
Mr Stafford added: "You put a computer in front of Alex and bang, he can do anything.
"He struggled at school big time but through his apprenticeship he did a City and Guilds in mathematics and English because he did not get the qualifications he needed.
"He has done so well, it is unbelievable."
Alex now has a full-time job with Aztek, an IT company offering a range of support services for business, education and care providers.
His father added: "Anything that had a button, he would press it and he has just gone on from there.
"When I was that age the internet was only then coming on the scene.
"He's just shown an interest and carried on and he has learnt so much, it is amazing."