Network Cable Installer
The Network Cable Installer programme is designed for new entrants to the industry or for experienced engineers who want to improve their skills and knowledge. This programme will equip apprentices with the knowledge and skills to work as a network cable engineer. They will cover health & safety, copper and fibre cabling, testing, network equipment, projects, network design and quality management. The mentor will guide apprentices through their knowledge and skills development. This is a 12-month programme leading to an endpoint assessment of a practical demonstration and professional discussion.
The role of the network cable installer is to install, terminate, test and certify network cable infrastructure components in accordance with National and International industry standards. This network infrastructure will provide the communications backbone for the digital infrastructure ecosystem, enabling all types of digital devices including computers, servers, smart devices, security equipment, wireless access points, access control, building management systems and lighting systems to communicate with each other, internally, nationally and globally.
This programme offers new and existing engineers the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to successfully install and test network installations. Through City and Guilds accreditation, engineers will become fully proficient with copper and fibre. They will learn to interpret detailed project plans to construct and fix network equipment cabinets, prepare cable pathways, and install cable support and containment systems. They will be able to undertake performance-based testing and provision of certification to the customer. Engineers can work in potentially hazardous areas and this programme will provide the necessary training on health and safety. Engineers will also learn about workforce management systems used for a range of workflow activities as well as personal time and attendance tracking.
On successful completion of the Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship engineers will receive the following accreditations:
- City and Guilds 3667-02 Copper
- City and Guilds 3667-03 Fibre
- NRSWA Guarding and Lighting/Operative - Unit 2
- Manual Handling - Level 2
- Asbestos Awareness - Level 2
- Working at Heights
On completion of this programme engineers will be eligible to apply for:
- ECS Network Infrastructure Installer Gold Card
- Full member for the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals
How is the Apprenticeship Delivered?
This is a level 3 programme and takes 12-15 months to complete. The apprenticeship is delivered through block courses, webinars and online learning. On this programme apprentices will cover:
- Health and Safety
- Personal Development
- Copper Cabling
- Testing Telecoms Cables
- Fibre Optic Cabling
- Investigating and Defining Customer Requirements
- Network Equipment
- Projects and Network Design
- Quality Management and Workflow
Completing the Apprenticeship
This is an apprenticeship standard so all apprentices have to go through the endpoint assessment process, also known as EPA. To complete the endpoint, apprentices will be required to:
- Develop an online portfolio
- Complete a discussion with an endpoint assessor
- Practical Demonstration and Questions