Network Engineer apprenticeship

Our lives are becoming more digitally connected. And not only personally, but professionally, too. Businesses are using a higher number of technologies in their everyday operations. Networks are what keep those technologies connected. And there’s a steady growth in the demand for network engineers to maintain physical and virtual networks.

Network engineers play an important role in tech. Using their advanced knowledge and skills, they install, maintain and support digital networks and systems. This includes routers, switches and servers - the critical tech infrastructure that keeps us connected online.

The Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship provides on-the-job training to develop these advanced technical skills and knowledge. Creating skilled tech professionals who can maintain network performance while providing reliable tech support for businesses, teams and customers.
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Who is the Network Engineer apprenticeship for?

The Network Engineer apprenticeship is an advanced skills development opportunity. Apprentices may have a strong interest in information technology with good problem-solving skills. Or they may be your current junior network technicians who want to take the next step in their networking career.

Either way, during their apprenticeship, learners will install and maintain computer networks and systems, ranging from physical cabling to cloud infrastructure.

Apprentices may be in one of the following job roles:
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Network engineers on this apprenticeship may work to maintain their company’s network infrastructure, or they may work for a tech specialist that outsources networking services for other companies. Network engineers make sure that systems work at optimum capacity, reacting quickly to fix problems if the network fails.

Speak with Intequal and find out if the Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship is right for you or your business.
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Network Engineer apprenticeship essentials




19 months



Apprentice prerequisites:

No equivalent qualifications in IT networking
Not in full-time education

Professional recognition:

Apprentices can apply to join the Register of IT Technicians

Funding for the Software Testing apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are funded by businesses and/or the Government. Apprentices never have to pay for their training.

Small businesses, or SMEs, who hire an apprentice can pay for the apprenticeship through co-investment or levy transfer. They'll receive 95-100% of the training costs covered. Large employers may pay through their apprenticeship levy.

Click here to find out more about apprenticeship funding for SMEs and levy payers.

The benefits of a Network Engineer apprenticeship

  • To make a true business impact, apprentices work on practical assignments and real projects aligned to their company
  • Delivered virtually on-the-job to reduce time away from the workplace
  • Inclusive training for any age or background
  • Specialist technical training in advanced networking concepts and components, setting up network infrastructure, troubleshooting and protecting against security threats
“In IT you learn from doing and the training provides the theory to back up the practical activities. The skills learnt on this apprenticeship… support my day-to-day activities and the on-the-job work provides the experience I needed to understand how to apply the theory.”

Sam Longstaff, Network Engineer Level 4

What does the Network Engineer apprenticeship cover?

Intequal’s Network Engineer apprenticeship provides advanced skills and knowledge training to install, maintain and manage secure networks. Learners will be immersed into the different types of networks and tech infrastructure while also upskilling in customer and stakeholder communication. Whether you're a jobseeker or business, these skills will set you apart from the competition.

During the Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship, apprentices will learn:

Networking concepts

Different network layering models, physical and logical network components, TCP/IP components, network servers and associated security concepts.

Network infrastructure

Setting up, configuring and maintaining key network infrastructure, devices and systems such as virtual LANs and wide area networks, and the tools to use for analysis and monitoring.

Network security

The range of network security threats and vulnerabilities, such as malware, application attacks and cryptography, and how to protect against them.

Networking in Practice

Using the skills and knowledge gained, networking projects will be set for learners to solve problems using network design tools like Packet Tracer.

Apprenticeship Plus+

An optional commercial certificate to enrich the apprenticeship and develop skills in specific technologies or practices. Choose from a range of CompTIA, Microsoft , ITIL or Cisco courses.

For more information on the Network Engineer apprenticeship, get in touch with our team.

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Wondering whether the Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship is right for you or your business? Our team is on hand and ready to help.

We'll take you through the apprenticeship and how it builds skilled, knowledgeable network engineers.