Our Network Engineer Level 4 Apprenticeship combines online learning, classroom training and on-the-job experience to develop real world skills using cutting edge technology. This programme is perfect for those fresh out of an IT education or already employed in the tech sector looking to take the next step.

This programme concentrates on network design, advanced connectivity and advanced security. This enables the opportunity to develop and enhance technical skills, ensuring learners have the technical grounding needed to become a skilled Network Designer, Systems Engineer or Network Administrator.

What’s included?

On successful completion of the programme the following qualifications are gained:

  • Network Engineer Level 4
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network Principles
  • BCS Level 4 Certificate in Network Systems and Architecture
  • MTA Mobility and Device Fundamentals
  • MTA Cloud Fundamentals

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • A Levels in ICT/Computing
  • Or a Level 3 Apprenticeship in a similar subject
  • Or and International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT
  • Or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)
  • Learners must not hold an existing qualification at the same or higher level as this apprenticeship in a similar subject

Job role suitability if already in employment:

To help you determine whether this programme is suitable for you or your employee you must be able to answer “yes” to the following questions.

  • Are you or is your employee in a full time technical role (which means you/your employee’s daily tasks revolve around networks)?
  • Are you or will your apprentice be responsible for designing networks based on specifications?
  • Are you or will your apprentice be responsible for installing and configuring network components – such as switches, routers and firewalls?
  • Will you or your apprentice be using diagnostic tools and analysers to monitor and test network performance and systems?
  • Will you or your apprentice be actively troubleshooting and supporting with network issues?
  • Are you or will your apprentice be responsible for upgrades to network equipment, software and operating systems?

Note: Speak to your QA Account Manager for more advice on eligibility and job role/existing staff suitability for this programme.

Apprentices need tech-enabled apprenticeship programmes that resonate with their day-to-day life. In keeping with this - we have innovated through technology and digital content creation to deliver a ‘high tech, high touch’ approach to blended learning.

High-quality learning content on the go. We deliver “mobile-first” education – this means learning can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device.

This programme teaches skills in:

  • Navigating Windows servers
  • Administering and securing large complex networks
  • Working on complex setups
  • Identifying security threats and vulnerabilities

Empowering roles like:

  • Network Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Designer
  • Third Line Helpdesk Support

During the programme apprentices are required to spend 20% of time at work on off-the-job learning.

Our programme helps people easily fit their learning around their day job with access to our online learning platform – learning can be accessed anytime, anywhere and on any device so you get high-quality content on the go.

The modules in our Network Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship introduce more advanced technical skills, developing knowledge to a higher level. Our face-to-face training workshops and online learning develops the core set of skills they must be able to do well to be competent in their role.

As part of their programme apprentice’s will complete:

  • Five knowledge modules teaching advanced theory and practical applications, through a combination of online learning and practical classroom workshops.
  • A work-based portfolio showcasing how the learner has demonstrated the skills they’ve learned in real work projects.
  • A synoptic project where the learner will take a business and technical brief in order to build a finished product.
  • An end-point assessment interview carried out by BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT – to assess whether the learner has successfully met the learning requirements of the programme.

To ensure all apprentices can do these skills consistently well, we’ve designed modules with the following learning outcomes:

Module 1: Induction and Network Principles

  • Understand and apply the principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies.
  • Understand and apply the applied maths required to be a network engineer, including algorithms, binary, data, probability and statistics.
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the principles of network architecture, network operations, network security, troubleshooting and industry standards.
  • Understand both the theory and practical elements of networking.

Module 2: Mobility and Cloud

  • Be able to administer and secure various devices in line with organisational policies.
  • Understand the usage of Microsoft technologies including: Intune, Azure, OneNote, Outlook and Office 365.
  • Understand and have a working knowledge of cloud and cloud services.
  • Understand how to manage user and security groups, and cloud identities.
  • Understand the importance of user and security groups, and cloud identities.

Module 3: Network Systems and Architecture

  • Understand Network Load Balancing and how to deal with Load Balancing Failures.
  • Understand storage protocols and how to deal with their failures.
  • Understand and deal with hardware failures.
  • Understand configuration error causes and their impact.
  • Understand features of Client- Server Operating Systems, network infrastructure components and virtualised systems.

Module 4: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

  • Install, configure and deploy Windows Servers, and configure server roles and features.
  • Implement server virtualisation with Hyper-V.
  • Install and administer Active Directory.
  • Create and manage Group Policy.

Module 5: Network Security

  • Understand the cyber threat landscape that can affect an organisation.
  • Understand usage of security controls.
  • Understand possible mitigation and risk reduction for security threats and vulnerabilities.
  • There is also the opportunity for an optional week, dedicated to revision and resits if the learner requires.

There is also the opportunity for an optional week, dedicated to revision and resits if you need it.

For more information download the handout

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