Level 4

Network Engineer


A Network Engineer designs, installs, configures, maintains and supports the IT / communication networks within their organisation or between organisations.


Overview of the role - IconOverview of the role

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 based services, network administration and monitoring tools as well as being able to provide technical advice and guidance.


Typical job roles - IconTypical job roles

  • Network Technician
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Administrator

Details of the Standard - IconDetails of the Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard is a period of training where knowledge is acquired, skills developed and practically applied. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the gateway for their end-point-assessment. Once the end-point organisation has completed the assessments and tests then the award will be given. English and math will also be required.


Duration - IconDuration

Typical duration: 24 months, plus up to 3 months to complete the End-Point-Assessment.


Entry Requirements - IconEntry Requirements

These are set by employers, but it is expected that the individual would have worked within a relevant operational role within the industry and have relevant experience to start on this apprenticeship standard.


English and maths - IconEnglish and maths

To complete the apprenticeship the employee must pass level 2 English and maths (or have the appropriate exemption certificate) before undertaking their End-Point-Assessment.


Delivery - IconCurriculum, delivery and readiness for End-Point-Assessment

Swatpro Academy's bespoke programme will cover all the mandatory knowledge and skills outlined in the standards, covering a range of topics including Networking Principles, Systems and Security . Apprentices will have access to Swatpro Savvy Learning Centre and IT specific courses through Plurasight which has IT courses mapped against the British Computer Society curriculum.

The delivery will include 20% 'off-the-job' training, through a blend of remote, online and in the workplace training. The tutor will review progress with both apprentice and employer at least once every 8 weeks. Those not having L2 Maths and English will attend additional classes. When the apprentice has reached the required level, they are entered into the phase known as ‘gateway’ for their End-Point-Assessments (EPA) undertaken with an independent Assessment Organisation. For further details please see the explanation overleaf.


Assessment - IconEnd-Point-Assessment

The apprentice will need to successfully complete all stages of the apprenticeship standard.

This includes:-

  • Completion of all three Knowledge modules
  • Complete 20% off the job training
  • A portfolio of evidence containing real projects carried out within their workplace
  • An employer reference
  • Completion of an IT related project over a 1/2 week period
  • A structured interview with an independent assessor

Apprentices are independently assessed at the end of their programme to achieve the Apprenticeship at a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade


Professional Recognition - IconProfessional Recognition

Registration to the Register of IT Technicians (RITTech) Once apprentices have completed their apprenticeship they are officially recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS) for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians, confirming SFIA level 3 professional competence.


Progression - IconProgression

Progression from this apprenticeship could lead to Network Support, IT Network Manager, Communications Support or onto a higher Level 5 Apprenticeship programme


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