Salaries during communications technician 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 become communications technicians. At this stage, you can typically expect to get a salary between £20,000-£35,000.
Work your way up to technician leader, and a salary of £40,000-£70,000 is possible.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria, but this might include:
The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 7-12 months, with a 3 month window for the End Point Assessment.
For the duration of this training, apprentices will develop a range of IT communications skills in the workplace. An ongoing portfolio of evidence will demonstrate the abilities learned. Support will also be available from an assessor, who will visit apprentices at work every 10 weeks, and check progress every 5 weeks electronically.
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.
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).
For employers: £15,000 with full and partial government funding available. Levy payments accepted.
For apprentices: Funding is provided by the government and employer, apprentices do not pay to do an apprenticeship.
Funding Band 11 (£15,000).
Apprentices under 19 years of age on the day of signup will receive 100% funding. Companies with less than 50 employees, regardless of the candidate’s age, will receive 90% funding unless the company is an apprenticeship levy payer.
Levy payments are accepted towards this Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship.
This Level 3 Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship will provide you with the following technical competencies:
After completing this Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship, successful apprentices will develop the following technical knowledge and understanding:
Apprentices will also develop the following underpinning skills, attitudes and behaviours: