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Network Engineer

A Network Engineer apprenticeship is a Level 4 apprenticeship which is beneficial to those who are network technicians, network engineers, systems engineers or network administrators.


Key responsibilities are likely to include:

  • Designing, installing, maintaining and supporting communication networks within an organisation/between organisations.
  • Maintaining high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for users.
  • Knowledge of network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.


Apprenticeship Overview

The apprenticeship should take around two years to complete, this is dependent on the individuals previous experience. The apprentice will undergo 20% off the job training to prepare them for the End Point Assessment. This delivery time will be negotiated with the employer to minimise the impact of the operational commitments of your organisation.

The apprentice will be provided with support from an Independent Assessor and Mentor to aid them throughout the apprenticeship, with one day a week off the job training.

A summative portfolio, employer reference, synoptic project and an interview must be completed as part of the apprenticeship, as well as assessments of knowledge and technical understanding being carried out and a Continuing Professional Development log must be documented. All of this will be reviewed and tested in an End Point Assessment. 


On Completion the Apprentice will receive:

  • Level 4 qualification in Network Engineering
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in maths or English (if not already achieved)
  • Relevant work experience
  • Combination of on and off the job training
  • Member on the Register of IT Technicians confirming SIFA Level 3 Professional Competence


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements must include either three A Levels, relevant Level 3 apprenticeship/qualifications or relevant experience.

Apprentices without a Grade C or Level 2 maths and English qualification will have to achieve this prior to taking the End Point Assessment.