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.
A Network Engineer is responsible for setting up, developing and maintaining computer networks. As an essential role for many organisations, you could have the choice of working internally as part of an organisation's IT support team, an IT networking consultancy firm working or for big Multi-National Companies.
As a Network Engineer your daily tasks include offering support and network troubleshooting to users, who can be staff, clients, customers and suppliers. As well as ensuring the integrity of high availability network infrastructure to provide maximum performance for your users.
What can you earn as a Network Engineer? Salaries at entry level start at around £19,000 to £20,000. With experience, you can expect to earn around £35,000 to £55,000+. Senior network engineers can earn from £50,000 to in excess of £70,000 a year.
Network administrators are responsible for maintaining computer networks and solving any problems that may occur with them. Typical responsibilities of the job include installing and configuring computer networks and systems, identifying and solving any problems that arise with computer networks and systems.
Since almost all industries are now heavily computer-dependent, network administrators are needed in most companies, so you could end up working in a variety of areas from financial, academic, government to retailers.
What can you earn as a Network Administrator? The average Network Administrator salary in United Kingdom is £30,000. Entry level positions start at £21,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to £51,000 per year.
Systems engineers play an integral role in the success of businesses in many industries. They lay the foundation or blueprint for systems from planning, creation and end operation.
A systems engineer will often collaborate with a project manager and the engineering team, and take the lead to translate between the two to facilitate the achievement of a successful system.
What can you earn as a Systems Engineer? The average Systems Engineer salary in United Kingdom is £42,473. Entry level positions start at £25,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to £72,204 per year.
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 10 weeks.
Apprentices will receive week-long blocks of full-time training over 12 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.