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IT Network Engineer Apprenticeship

Your apprenticeship learning will be with Arch Apprenticeships, rated Ofsted Outstanding.

Arch Apprenticeships

Support the growth of your business’ network with an ambitious Network Engineer

Apprenticeships are all about unlocking potential – whether that’s for someone already in your team or to fill a new vacancy.

But it’s not all about the apprentice. It’s also a way to create a culture of learning and mentorship within your organisation.

A Network Engineer apprenticeship is also a great way to give someone their next step, while moulding your workforce to your specific business needs.

Your apprentice will gain confidence to offer technical advice to optimise your business systems, taking ownership of developing high levels of operation for network administration and monitoring tools.

Who’s it for?

This programme is ideal for someone looking for a mid-level role within Network and Systems Engineering sector. They’ll usually be some way into their career, with a little experience or having already completed some learning.

What qualifications will they get?

  • CompTIA Network+
  • BCS Network Systems and Architecture
  • BCS Network Security
  • IT Network Engineer Level 4 Apprenticeship

Where can you hire an apprentice?

London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol

What will the apprenticeship teach?

Here are the topics we’ll cover during the apprenticeship:

  • Designing and implementing functional networks
  • Configuring, managing, and maintaining essential network devices
  • Using devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Load Balancing Failures
  • Storage Protocol Failures
  • Hardware Failures
  • Types of security threat (virus, malware, DDoS attacks, Trojan, worm, etc)
  • Mitigating security threats (security policy, securing the perimeter, physical security, securing the network etc)
  • Network Infrastructure Components
  • Features of Client-Server Operating Systems and Applications
  • Components and functions of virtualised systems
  • Features of Middleware

What your apprentice will need

Your apprentice must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have English and Maths GCSEs at grade C (4) or above
  • have the right to live and work in England
  • be able to commit to a full-time job plus the apprenticeship training
  • not hold a prior IT (or similar) qualification at level 4 or higher


How does the apprenticeship work?

An apprenticeship is a combination of a full-time job with training for a current or new employee in your business.

Their working time will be split 80/20: 80% of their working time will be spent with you, carrying out their day-to-day responsibilities, while 20% of their time will be ‘off-the-job’ and spent working towards their apprenticeship qualification.

What counts as off-the-job training and how is the 20% measured?

Off-the-job training can include:

  • Work spent on their apprenticeship qualification
  • Face to face/virtual classroom training
  • Any employer training
  • Mentoring
  • Work spent on their reflective journal
  • Shadowing other teams
  • Attending industry events

Your apprentice, their Learning & Development Coach, and their line manager will have an off-the-job tracker they can use to record and track this.

How is the training delivered?

The apprentice studies towards their qualification online, and is supported by face-to-face visits from their Learning and Development Coach.

We deliver training in blocks to try and limit disruption, so you won’t have someone leaving the office one day a week.

How are apprenticeships funded?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. Businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million pay 0.5% of their annual payroll into a digital account. The funds can then only be used on approved apprenticeship training.

What’s the benefit of hiring apprentices?

Apprentices bring great value to a business. Rather than searching for existing talent that fits your business, they give you the chance to actively shape the next generation so they can bring the skills your business needs.

The numbers back us up: 76% of employers have said that productivity has improved, and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.*

*Source: gov.uk