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Designing, installing, maintaining and supporting communication networks within an organisation or between organisations
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.
Typical Job Roles: Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator
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.
Apprentices must achieve one internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, from the right hand column in the table below. This then exempts one of the Ofqual-regulated knowledge modules, as shown in the left hand column.
The knowledge modules are summarised below and further details are available in the occupational brief available from https://www.nsar.co.uk/digital-eqa/digital-apprenticeship-standards/
Vendor or Professional Qualifications
Knowledge Module 1: Network Principles (for Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship)
Juniper JNCIA - Junus
Knowledge Module 2: Network Systems and Architecture (for level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship)
MCP MS Exchange Server 2016
MCP Server 2016
MCP Windows Administrator
Juniper JNCIS - Ent
Knowledge Module 3: Network Security (for level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship)
CCNA Cyber Security Operations
Junuper JCNIA - Junus
Juniper JNCIS – Sec
Individual employers will select which vendor or professional qualification the apprentice should take.
Level 2 English and Maths will need to be achieved, if not already, prior to taking the end point assessment.
This apprenticeship 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.
The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 24 months.
This is a level 4 apprenticeship
This standard will be reviewed in December 2017.
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|Version||Change detail||Earliest start date||Latest start date||Latest end date|
|1.1||The funding band for this standard has been reviewed as part of the apprenticeship funding band review. The new funding band is £17000||04/03/2019||Not set||Not set|
|1.0||Approved for delivery||12/11/2014||03/03/2019||Not set|