Network Engineer Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

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.

The Network Engineer Higher Apprenticeship Level 4 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.

Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

After completing the training, learners will be able to:

  • design networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes
  • install and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls, and optimise the performance of network systems and services
  • monitor, test and adjust network systems and performance to meet accepted standards using diagnostic tools, analysers and other equipment, and apply diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network performance issues
  • undertake system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems
  • interpret written requirements and technical specifications for network activities as well as to log and respond to network service calls and provide technical network support to end users as required
  • operate effectively within the parameters of service level agreements, standards and/or agreed response times in the business environment and responds to business issues related to network engineering
  • configure computer system and network security features.

What award will I achieve?

NVA Level 4 Diploma in Network Engineer, which 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.

What are the entry requirements?

Apprentices will need to be employed in a for a minimum of 30 hours in a suitable work placement. 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.

How often do I have to attend college?

College attendance of 1 day per fortnight for a teaching session will normally be required over the two years of the course. This will be in conjunction with further online learning and also assessment in the workplace. Our well-equipped labs will allow apprentices to carry out practical work and set up test systems in a safe environment.

How will I be assessed?

There are assessments both during the programme and at the end; these are based on portfolios, synoptic projects, employer references and structured interviews with assessors. Apprentices must also achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification in the area of Network Principles, Network Systems or Network Security. Examples of vendor or professional qualifications are CCNA, MCP, CCNA Security.

What can I do next?

Successful candidates may progress into full-time employment or higher qualifications and degree level study specific to their work context, such as the BSc (Hons) IT Systems and Applications at University Centre Colchester, or move on to a degree apprenticeship. Alternatively successful candidates can continue their studies with professional qualifications in this area eg Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA).

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?
This standard is for employers looking to recruit and train people to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.

Typical job roles this standard can apply to within the IT infrastructure of a business include Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer and Network Administrator.

They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

Recognised professional qualifications such as CCNA, MCP, CCNA Security are built into the course, that your apprentice will bring back to the business, providing value for money and a return on investment by bringing back up to date knowledge from college.

Your apprentice Network Engineer will bring technical skills and knowledge back to your business including:

  • The ability to use Network Monitoring tools to monitor network for signs of anomalies and then address any issues before they affect service
  • Be able to resolve network related issues and restore normal operations as quickly as possible
  • Provide direction and guidance in troubleshooting network issues
  • Being able to carry out network changes following correct procedures
  • The application of network device upgrades
  • The installation and configuration of network devices

What will this cost my business?

From April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England will be changing. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

College attendance of 1 day per fortnight for a teaching session will normally be required over the two years of the course. This will be in conjunction with further online learning and also assessment in the workplace. Our well-equipped labs will allow apprentices to carry out practical work and set up test systems in a safe environment.

How is the apprentice assessed?

There are assessments both during the programme and at the end; these are based on portfolios, synoptic projects, employer references and structured interviews with assessors. Apprentices must also achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification in the area of Network Principles, Network Systems or Network Security. Examples of vendor or professional qualifications are CCNA, MCP, CCNA Security.

What about support in the workplace?

Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work-based tasks and build a portfolio.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Our team will provide:

  • A free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.
Network Engineer Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
DurationTypically 24 months
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£18,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£1,800
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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