The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.
Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include A levels, a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualifications, relevant experience and/or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths.
English and Maths
Level 2 English and Maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.
The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 20 months.
This is a level 4 apprenticeship.
Apprentices must achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, from the right hand column in the table below. This then exempts one of the Ofqual-regulated knowledge modules, as shown in the lefthand column.
|Knowledge Modules||Vendor or Professional Qualifications|
|Knowledge Module 1: Network Principles (for Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship)||CCNA 1 + 2
Juniper JNCIA – Junos
|Knowledge Module 2: Network Systems and Architecture (for level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship)||MCP Server Virtualisation – Windows Server Hyper V
MCP MS Exchange Server
MCP Server 2012
MCP Windows Administrator
Juniper JNCIS – Ent
|Knowledge Module 3: Network Security (for level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship)||Security +
MTA Cloud and Mobility
Juniper JNCIS – Sec
Individual employers will select which vendor or professional qualification the apprentice should take.
This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship are eligible to apply for registration.