- Level 3 Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship
- Eligible for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include:
- Level 2 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification
- Relevant experience
- An aptitude test with a focus on IT skills
The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 24-30 months, with a 3 month window for the End Point Assessment.
For the duration of this training, apprentices will develop a range of IT communications skills in the workplace. An ongoing portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the abilities learned. Support will also be available from a mentor, who will visit apprentices at work every 5 weeks.
Apprentices will receive week-long blocks of full-time training over the first 7 months. This will take place at the escalla Academy in Crewe.
After completing 21-months of training and development, apprentices will submit their portfolio of work experience – along with a reference from their employer. This begins the end point assessment (EPA) stage.
The EPA consists of a week-long project and assessor interview, and will determine the overall grade of the qualification (Pass | Merit | Distinction).
All training fees for this Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship are covered in full by the employer. An apprentice will never be asked or expended to fund their own training.
Funding Band 11 (£15,000).
Apprentices under 19 years of age on the day of signup will receive 100% funding. Companies with less than 50 employees, regardless of the candidate’s age, will receive 90% funding unless the company is an apprenticeship levy payer.
Levy payments are accepted towards this Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship.
This Level 3 Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship will provide you with the following technical competencies:
- Analysis: analyses system problems by selecting the appropriate tools and techniques in line with organisation guidance.
- Rectification: selects the most appropriate solution to the fault, using the relevant logistical support where appropriate, or escalates to a higher-level where necessary.
- Installing and configuring: installs and configures appropriate component and or systems appropriate to the organisation.
- Diagnostic tools: selects the appropriate diagnostic tools to monitor, test and reacts to network performance.
- Hardware and software: undertakes hardware or software upgrades appropriate to the organisation.
- Interpreting specifications: interprets technical specifications for activities and maintains accurate records.
- Providing technical support: responds effectively with customers and provides technical support to them in line with organisations process.
- Documenting completed tasks: documents completed tasks in accordance with agreed organisational procedures.
- Cabling: competently cables or connects equipment in line with technical requirements
Installing: installs and work with a variety of digital communications mediums as appropriate to the organisation.
After completing this Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship, successful apprentices will develop the following technical knowledge and understanding:
- Has a knowledge of networks: data, protocols and how they relate to each other; the main routing protocols; the main factors affecting network performance including typical faults, and approaches to error control.
- Has an awareness of cloud services / solutions Has a knowledge of routers and switches.
- Has a working knowledge of IT test or diagnostic equipment.
- Has a working knowledge of the different types of cabling and connectivity.
- Has a working knowledge of security principles including software, access, encryption and regulation.
- Has a knowledge of the purpose of firewalls.
- Has a knowledge of VPN and Remote Access Security.
- Has a knowledge of data, including network architectures.
- Has an awareness of back-up and storage solutions.
- Has an awareness of service level agreements.
- Understands the purpose of digital communication technologies.
Apprentices will also develop the following underpinning skills, attitudes and behaviours:
- Logical and creative thinking skills.
- Analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Can use own initiative.
- A thorough and organised approach to work.
- Ability to work with a range of internal and external people.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing in a variety of situations and at all levels with colleagues and customers.
- Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment.