Network engineer

  • Anywhere
  • Current Funding Band: £17,000

Designing, installing, maintaining and supporting communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard



Typical length

24 months

Entry requirements

Set by employer. Candidates will usually have one of the following: A levels a level 3 apprenticeship or other relevant qualification relevant experience or an aptitude test with a focus on functional maths

Current funding band



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What apprentices will learn

  • principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies
  • using diagnostic tools to find the causes of system failure
  • architecture of a typical business IT system
  • designing simple networks from specification and optimising performance
  • installing and configuring network parts, including switches, routers and firewalls
  • undertaking system upgrades and integrating software into an existing network
  • interpreting written requirements and technical specifications
  • logging and responding to network service calls


Apprentices must achieve an internationally recognised vendor or professional qualification, selected by the employer.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must:

  • achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Professional registration

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the register of IT technicians at Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) level 3.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.

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