- City & Guilds Level 4 apprenticeship diploma in Network Principles
- City & Guilds Level 4 apprenticeship diploma in Network Systems and Architecture
- City & Guilds Level 4 apprenticeship diploma in Network Security
- Microsoft Technical Associate in Cloud Fundamentals
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include:
- Level 2 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification
- Relevant experience – including a knowledge of the fundamentals of networking and can make a local area network (LAN)
- An aptitude test with a focus on IT skills
The duration of this network engineer apprenticeship is typically 15 months, with a 3-month window for the end point assessment.
For the duration of this training, apprentices will develop a range of networking 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.
Training topics include: personal development, data communication principles, network and cyber essentials, architecture and infrastructure, security and cloud fundamentals, Azure, Hyper-V and Active Directory.
After completing 12-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).
Training fees for this network engineer apprenticeship are covered in full by the employer. An apprentice will never be asked or expended to fund their own training.
- Funding Band 12 (£18,000).
- 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 infrastructure technician apprenticeship.
This level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship will provide you with the following technical competencies:
- Design: Design simple networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes.
- Installation: Install and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls.
- Performance: Optimise the performance of network systems and services.
- Testing: Monitor, test and adjust network systems and performance to meet accepted standards using diagnostic tools, analysers and other equipment.
- Diagnosis: Apply diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network performance issues.
- Troubleshooting: Apply structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues and repair faults in hardware, software products and the network.
- Upgrades: Undertake system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems.
- Integration: Integrate network-related software into an existing network environment.
- Reading and maintaining records: Interpret written requirements and technical specifications for network activities and maintain accurate records.
- Support: Log and respond to network service calls and provide technical network support to end-users as required.
- Standards: Operate within the parameters of service level agreements, standards and/or agreed response times.
After completing this network engineer apprenticeship, successful apprentices will develop the following technical knowledge and understanding:
- Understand and apply the principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies (including the latest published versions of OSI layer model, IP, TCP/IP, routing and switching, WANs, LANs).
- Understand and apply the applied maths required to be a network engineer (e.g. algorithms, data, binary, probability and statistics).
- Understand the causes and consequences of system failure, including load balance and storage protocols, and respond appropriately.
- Understand the architecture of a typical business IT system, including hardware, OS, server, virtualisation, middleware and applications.
- Understand and respond to security threats, firewalls and vulnerabilities.
Apprentices will also develop the following underpinning skills, attitudes and behaviours:
- Logical and creative thinking skills.
- Analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Independent working.
- Organisational skills.
- Ability to work with a range of internal and external people.
- Effective communication in a variety of situations.
- Can maintain a productive, professional and secure working environment.