Publishing Date: Oct 14, 2020

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With over 32 years’ experience working in the data centre & network infrastructure sectors, CNet Training’s President & CEO Andrew Stevens has been awarded the tremendous accolade that is The Inspiration Award at the prestigious Network Computing Awards 2020.

This award recognises Andrew’s on-going determination and drive to leave a legacy and to put the digital infrastructure industry on the map and to make it a more inclusive place for everyone.

The Inspiration Award, which is voted for by professionals throughout the industry, recognises an individual for their commitment and passion for making change and having an impact across the digital infrastructure industry.

Andrew wants to provide everyone, from all walks of the life, the tools to enhance their careers, whether that is within his team, people who take part in CNet’s technical education programs or anyone he has close relations to. He always wants to find ways to inspire others and to help them excel, grow and give them new opportunities.

This achievement highlights a selection of Andrew’s accomplishments at CNet Training including the legacy associated with working with the ODA Employment & Skills Team for the 2012 Olympic Delivery Authority, educating unemployed individuals with the Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) certification and, as a result, providing certified network cable installers to the Olympic project. Today the CNCI® certification has been adopted by the industry as the standard certification for network cable installers. Andrew also worked to develop the Network Cable Installer (NCI®) apprenticeship, the first government-funded apprenticeship for the Network Cable Industry across England and Wales which launched in 2019. Alongside this, Andrew has been a Trustee of the Edge Foundation for over 5 years, helping to raise the status of technical, practical and vocational learning via UTC’s and Career Colleges as well as speaking about the importance education and training and ways into the industry at many colleges, schools and industry events.

Andrew has always been an active member of numerous industry trade bodies including the AFCOM, TIA, Uptime Institute, Green Grid, BCS and DCA. He created The Global Digital Education Framework and has been instrumental in the development of the only truly mapped qualifications and certifications for the data centre industry.

Andrew is passionate about education throughout the digital infrastructure industry, this award recognises all his hard work and the CNet Training team is delighted to celebrate this award with him.

Voting closed in relation to the Network Computing Awards 2020 on 2nd October.  See the full results here.

About CNet Training:

International award-winning technical education company, CNet Training has been designing and delivering professional network infrastructure education and training programs since 1996.

Today CNet is the global leader in technical education for the digital infrastructure industry, comprising the data centre and network infrastructure sectors, and is the only industry dedicated education provider in the world to award both internationally recognised qualifications and professional certifications. These qualifications start at level 3 and culminate in the world’s only level 7 Masters Degree program in Data Centre Leadership and Management.

A significant part of CNet’s history is the development of the highly acclaimed Global Digital Infrastructure Education Framework, which offers industry professionals an opportunity to plan technical education, qualifications and certifications to meet on-going individual and business needs.

CNet deliver classroom-based technical education programs led by expert Instructors, in locations across the world and via remote attendance, allowing ease of access to all industry professionals wherever they are in the world.  In addition, they also deliver distance learning programs.

Alongside its impressive client list of multinational organisations, the company is proud of its close associations with the world’s leading trade associations and industry bodies including the Data Centre Alliance, Infrastructure Masons, AFCOM, 7×24, Green Grid and Pearson.  CNet is also trusted by many of the world’s leading manufacturers of data centre and network infrastructure solutions to design and deliver their specific training and education programs.

For more information regarding CNet Training’s programs, please go or call +44 (0) 1284 767100

For further information on the media release, please contact Poppy Collier at CNet Training on +44 (0) 1284 718418 or email

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