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Network Engineer Apprenticeship

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The Network Engineer Apprenticeship is designed for apprentices to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to become proficient in planning and managing network installations. Supported by a course mentor, they will learn how to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within or between organisations. They will understand the network design, equipment and security. As an accredited CCNA and CompTIA Academy, we offer network engineers the ability to select different pathways, including Cisco CCNA, CompTIA, Network, Security and Server or Microsoft Azure. This is a 24-month programme, delivered through one-to-one mentoring, over 30 live tutor-led online classes and access to our state-of-the-art LMS packed full of networking material.

Network Engineers

Network Engineers are vital in various sectors, including public, private, and voluntary organisations, ensuring digital network functionality and maintenance. These professionals are essential in all types of organisations, whether large corporations with sophisticated, complex systems or smaller consultancies offering contractual support to clients. Their role encompasses various tasks, from maintaining hotel booking systems and managing customer access to Wi-Fi to working on large infrastructure projects where they collaborate in teams to achieve significant network-related milestones. Moreover, in large communication organisations, Network Engineers play a crucial role in servicing global networks, constantly adapting to new technologies to enhance the digital experience, from installing major communications systems to monitoring nationwide networks.

The demand for Network Engineers is growing due to technological advancements like 5G and Cloud computing. Their primary responsibilities include installing and maintaining computer networks and providing technical support. Effective Network Engineers must understand technical information and organisational needs, offering solutions compliant with legislative requirements. They handle hardware and software issues, quickly resolving network failures and communicating problems to minimise service disruption. These engineers work in various settings, interacting with management, team members, clients, and suppliers face-to-face or remotely. Their work environment is predominantly office-based, but it may involve travel to different sites or client offices, especially when working as consultants on large installations.



Typical Job Roles

  • Desk based engineer
  • Dynamic network engineer
  • Field-based engineer
  • Infrastructure engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network architect
  • Network engineer
  • Systems engineer




Typical Programme Length

24 Months


Programme Level

Level 4


Delivery Method

Blended Learning through online learning, live tutor-led classes and 1 to 1 mentoring.


End Point Assessment

Simulated assessment and questioning

Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio


Professional Recognition

Network Engineer Certificate

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for Register of IT Technicians (RITTech) level 4



Apprenticeship Levy paying employers can use their funds for this programme. Employers not paying the Levy can get up to 95% funding. 




The curriculum aligns with the apprenticeship standard and is delivered through one-to-one mentoring, live tutor-led lessons and learning material in the learning management system. All learners typically complete the entire curriculum, but where prior learning and or experience has taken place, then a reduced curriculum will be discussed.




Network and IT Infrastructure

Covers the causes and consequences of network and IT infrastructure failures, including an understanding of diagnostic techniques and troubleshooting methodologies. Focuses on maintaining system integrity and addressing issues effectively.

IT System Architecture

Encompasses the architecture of typical IT systems, including hardware, operating systems, servers, virtualisation, and applications. Provides a comprehensive understanding of the structure and components of IT systems.

System Performance and Optimisation

Involves techniques for enhancing system performance, including optimising server, network, and application operations. This theme is vital for ensuring efficient and effective IT infrastructure.

Organisational Procedures and SLAs

Focuses on organisational procedures for information management and understanding Service Level Agreements. This theme emphasises the importance of adhering to protocols and contractual obligations in network engineering.

Business Continuity and Recovery

Relates to the role of network engineering in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. This theme is crucial for planning and responding to disruptions in IT services.

Network Technologies and Maintenance

Covers network topologies, types, technologies, wireless configurations, and network maintenance types. This theme is essential for understanding various network setups and their upkeep.

Security, Legislation, and Automation

Includes knowledge about security threats, current legislation impact, and using tools for network task automation. Focuses on protecting IT infrastructure and adapting to legal requirements while improving efficiency.

Advanced Network Management

Encompasses advanced concepts like cloud concepts and purposes, routing and switching, and server integration into networks. This theme represents a deeper dive into managing and developing network systems.



Endpoint Assessment

This is an apprenticeship standard, so all apprentices must go through the endpoint assessment process, also known as EPA. To complete the endpoint, apprentices will be required to:

  • Simulated assessment and questioning
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio



Value to Apprentices

The value of this programme to apprentices lies in its comprehensive coverage of essential topics in network engineering and IT infrastructure, offering a foundational and advanced understanding vital for career development in this field. The programme equips apprentices with a broad skill set and knowledge base by encompassing various aspects such as IT system architecture, performance optimisation, business continuity, and security. This education prepares them for immediate challenges in their roles and lays a robust groundwork for future advancements and adaptability in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. Moreover, the emphasis on organisational procedures, service level agreements, and legal compliance ensures that apprentices are well-versed in their occupation's professional and ethical dimensions, making them valuable assets to their employers and the industry at large.



Value to Employers

For employers, supporting employees in enrolling in this programme presents a strategic investment in enhancing their organisation's technical capability and service quality. The comprehensive curriculum ensures that employees develop a deep understanding of network engineering and IT infrastructure, equipping them with skills to manage complex systems, optimise performance, and mitigate risks effectively. This leads to improved system reliability, efficiency, and adaptability to new technologies, directly contributing to the organisation's productivity and competitiveness. Additionally, the programme's focus on legal compliance, security, and service level agreements prepares employees to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape and maintain high service standards. Ultimately, investing in this programme signifies a commitment to encouraging a skilled workforce capable of driving innovation and growth in an increasingly digital business environment.



Network Engineer Apprenticeship Standard 

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