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Network Engineer Apprenticeship

Level: 4
Duration: 24 months

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 system availability for networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, clients, customers and suppliers.  They will understand network configuration, administration and monitoring along with cloud technologies.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of three GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above including Maths and English AND prior experience in an IT related role

Where will I study:

At Training 2000 or delivery online


Flexible delivery comprising of knowledge and tutorial workshops for one to one development and support

• One-to-one tutorials

• Access learning on e-portfolio

• Awarding body registration and certification

• Opportunities to develop real life workplace projects with employers

• Review visits


End point assessment

Job example

Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator

Useful information


• design simple networks

• install and configure network components

• optimise the performance of network systems and services

• monitor, test and adjust network systems

• apply diagnostic tools and techniques

• apply structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues

• undertake system upgrades

• integrate network related software into an existing network environment

• interpret written requirements and technical specifications for network activities

• log and respond to network service calls and provide technical network support to end users

• document work done in accordance with agreed procedures

• operate within the parameters of service level agreements

• operate effectively in the business environment



• Understands and applies the principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies (specifically this should include the latest published versions of OSI layer model, IP, TCP/IP, routing and switching, WANs, LANs)

• Understands and applies the applied maths required to be a network engineer (e.g. algorithms, data, binary, probability and statistics)

• Understands the causes and consequences of system failure including load balance and storage protocols and responds appropriately

• Understands the architecture of a typical business IT system, including hardware, OS, server, virtualisation, middleware and applications

• Understands and responds to security threats, firewalls and vulnerabilities



• Logical and creative thinking skills

• Analytical and problem solving skills

• Ability to work independently and to take responsibility

• Can use own initiative

• A thorough and organised approach

• Ability to work with a range of internal and external people

• Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations

• Maintain productive, professional and secure working environment

Date last updated:07 January 2021

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