Network Engineer Apprenticeship

Role Profile

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

Technical Competencies

  • Can design simple networks from a well-defined specification and apply appropriate security products and processes
  • Can optimise the performance of network systems and services
  • Can install and configure network components, including switches, routers and firewalls
  • Can monitor, test and adjust network systems and performance to meet accepted standards using diagnostic tools, analysers and other equipment
  • Can apply diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network performance issues
  • Can apply structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues and repair faults in hardware, software products and the network
  • Can undertake system upgrades to network hardware, software and operating systems
  • Can integrate network related software into an existing network environment
  • Can interpret written requirements and technical specifications for network activities and maintain accurate records of network maintenance activities

Typical Job Roles

Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator.

Recruitment Process

The recruitment service we provide is free. We meet with the employer to understand their job role and create a bespoke job description. We then use this to advertise the role on the National Apprenticeship Service website and amongst local schools, colleges and youth services. All applicants are initially screened by Solveway. We then run an assessment centre to get to know the applicants and ensure they are right for the role before sending their CV to the employer.

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Quick Overview

Apprenticeship Level:

This is a Level 4 apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Duration:

24 Months

Minimum Apprentice Wage:

Companies pay different salary’s, the minimum you can be paid is £3.50 per hour for the first year of your apprenticeship, then standard minimum wage based on your age thereafter.


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT Professionals. BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Systems & Principles

Microsoft MTA Exams:

Microsoft Technical Associate core exam in Networking and Security.

Level 2 Functional Skills:

English, Maths And ICT (If Necessary)