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Network Engineer Apprenticeship at Gloucestershire College

Maintain, manage and improve the network of your business with dedicated specialists trained in-house through an apprenticeship with Gloucestershire College.

Network professionals are in high demand and come a cost, but we offer an affordable way to upskill and train your current employees with the latest industry knowledge and skills to protect your organisation’s network.

Network Engineer Apprenticeship - Level 4

Who is this programme for?

Our Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship programme provides a specialised training route for your current employees.

The programme delivers a high level of technical skills and knowledge, ideal for aspiring network consultants and architects within your organisation.

In order to complete this programme, apprentices should have experience of working in IT previously or in their current job role.

This programme is an advanced level and is perfect for organisations looking to upskill and progress current employees into more senior job roles.  

What will the apprenticeship cover?

This Apprenticeship Standard is designed to provide your business with qualified network engineers who can design, install, maintain and support communication networks within your organisation and give technical advice and guidance on network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools.

The apprenticeship will develop competencies including:

  • Designing networks from a defined specification
  • Installing and configuring network components
  • Optimising the performance of the network systems and performance
  • Applying diagnostic tools and techniques to identify the causes of network problems
  • Applying structured approaches to troubleshooting network issues
  • Integrating network-related software into existing systems
  • Logging and responding to network service calls
  • Documenting work done in accordance with agreed procedures
  • Operating within the parameters of service level agreements

Apprentices will work towards professional CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Server+ qualifications as part of their apprenticeship, as well as a knowledge module.

Download our fact sheet for more information

When does the programme start?

Our Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship cohorts start every April. The next cohort will be in April 2021 so get in touch with our team today to register your interest in this programme: or call: 01452 563400.

How is the training delivered?

Our IT and Cyber apprentices are grouped in exclusive cohorts with fellow apprentices from other like-minded businesses. The theory of our IT & Cyber programmes is delivered in block release on campus, supported by our team of expert assessors and trainers who visit apprentices in their place of work to help them put the theory into practice.

What will it cost?

  • If your company has less than 50 employees and you take on a 16 to 18-year-old, you are entitled to receive the training completely free of charge.
  • If you are not a levy payer, (your wage bill is less than £3 million) you will contribute just 5% of the total cost of your apprenticeship training, the Government will pay the remaining 95%. 
  • If you pay the apprenticeship levy, we can support you to maximise your levy strategy and make the most of funding on offer. You can use your levy funds to bring in new talent to the business, or upskill existing employees and help reduce skills gaps.   

Our experts in our Business Hub team are here to support your business and offer guidance about how you can maximise funding for apprenticeships. Get in touch to arrange a free consultation with one of the Business Hub team today.

Arrange your free consultation to find out more

Fill out your details below to arrange a call back from one of our Business Consultants, or contact the GC Business Hub directly on 01452 563400 or

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.