The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

You will learn the skills, technical knowledge and understanding in a range of topics, including:

  • Network Principles
  • Network Systems and Architecture
  • Network Security

This qualification is perfect if you are working in a relevant job role, such as; Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, or Network Administrator. You will need to be demonstrating the skills required to complete this qualification. It is expected that a higher apprentice will already have significant experience and previously achieved a relevant Level 3 qualification.

The delivery will be done mainly at the workplace, with the off-the-job training accounting for at least 20% of your employed time. The assessor will regularly visit you at work to observe you performing relevant tasks and to carry out professional discussions. You will complete three learning modules as well as an end point assessment.

Upon completion you can progress onto an advanced or higher apprenticeship at level 3, 4 or 5. Career path progression may include network management jobs or you could move into other areas of IT such as project management, information security or consultancy. The Sector Skills Council for Information Technology is https://www.thetechpartnership.com 

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians, confirming SFIA (the Skills Framework for the Information Age) level 3 professional competence. Version 6 of SFIA, has been launched today at the Developing Digital Talent conference 2015 jointly hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, the Tech Partnership and the SFIA Foundation. The globally relevant framework of IT skills provides employers and practitioners with support to help them fulfil their potential and gain competitive advantage. The updated version includes seven new skills including digital forensics, IT strategy and planning, penetration testing and product management, all reflecting the changing nature of the profession.

Candidates for this course should be working in a related sector.

All applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. If you have experience or previous knowledge that will support your application please remember to include it. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

Training and assessment fee £17,000.00

Levy employers 100% contribution required.
Non-levy employers Co-invested government contribution 95% Employer 5% £850
Apprentices must not incur any costs

Employer Incentive for Hiring a new Apprentice apprenticeships.gov.uk/employers/financial-incentives

You could receive up to £4000 If you hire an apprentice before 31st January 2022, as part of the Government’s plan to support employers during the economic recovery.

All ages Covid 19 Incentive £3000.00
16-18 Permanent incentive £1000.00

1. The apprentice must be a new hire holding a contract of employment with start date no earlier than 01/04/2021
2. The apprentice must not have been previously employed by the same employer within the previous 6 months of the start date

National Insurance Contributions are not required by employers with apprentices under the age of 25 earning less than £827 a week.