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.

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.

Funding is available depending on your circumstances.
FREE if you are either:

Aged 16-18
Aged 19+ Employed and earn less than £17,004.00
Aged 19+ Unemployed and in receipt of benefits and looking to gain employment.