Salaries during network engineer apprenticeships will vary, depending on the employer and the age of apprentice. But it will be above the applicable minimum wage (see Apprentice Minimum Wage).
Qualified apprentices usually make the move on to trained network engineers. Progressing from entry level to an experienced engineer, salaries can range between £20,000-£50,000.
Work your way up to senior network engineer, and a salary of £50,000-£70,000 is possible.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include:
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.
This level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship will provide you with the following technical competencies:
After completing this network engineer apprenticeship, successful apprentices will develop the following technical knowledge and understanding:
Apprentices will also develop the following underpinning skills, attitudes and behaviours: