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.
The apprentice will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.
Apprentices will attend college one day per week for two college years. Apprentices will work in an IT environment for 4 days per week to support college training.
Design simple networks
Install and configure network components
Monitor test and adjust network systems
Apply diagnostic tools and techniques
Undertake system upgrades
Log and respond to network service calls
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. The apprentice will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance. Apprentices will attend college one day per week for two college years. Apprentices will work in an IT environment for 4 days per week to support college training. The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 24 months.
After completing my Level 3 BTEC in Software Development I went on to do a BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management degree at Bournemouth University. During my first year I qualified for Cyber Security Challenge UK's end of year masterclass competition, where the top 42 contenders (of all ages) from around the country go head to head in a bid to be crowned cyber champion of the year. I also was selected to represent the UK in the European Cyber Security Challenge held in Malaga. I was the only girl to qualify for Team UK. Alongside these successes, I also spent the majority of the year competing in national ethical hacking competitions around the country with my university and attending cyber security camps hosted by Cyber Security Challenge UK.Sophia McCall
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