Network Engineer Apprenticeship

Develop and maintain a robust and resilient IT network with a network engineering apprenticeship. Our Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship will ensure that your business has the skills in its IT function to proactively monitor the health to guarantee that it is stable, reliable and functioning effectively. Give your employees the ability to optimise and stay in control of every aspect of your IT network with Estio’s computer networking apprenticeships, helping your business for the better.

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Skills gained with a network engineering apprenticeship

A qualified Level 4 network engineer can:

  • Apply the appropriate tools and techniques when securely operating and testing networks, to identify systems performance issues, or to troubleshoot issues
  • Install and configure the elements required to maintain and manage a secure network
  • Implement techniques to monitor and record systems performance in line with defined speculations
  • Maintain security and performance of the system against known and standard threats
  • Monitor, identify and implement required maintenance procedures
  • Operate securely and apply the appropriate process, policies and legislation within their business responsibilities

Key information

15 months plus assessment
Study modes
Online teaching, coaching and workplace development
Qualifications Achieved
Level 4 Network Engineer

Benefits of a network engineering apprenticeship

For employers

An apprentice network engineer will help your business with:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and skills required to ensure the effective operation of your IT function
  • Taking proactive preventative measures to preserve network health, identifying bottle necks and rectifying problems before they happen
  • Understanding fundamental principles of networks, covering every aspect of your business’s network
  • Providing great progression opportunities to employees
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For learners

Network engineering apprenticeships will:

  • Enable you to install, configure and test network components
  • Investigate, identify and resolve technical performance issues in networks
  • Apply the appropriate tools and techniques when securely operating and testing networks
  • Acquire and analyse network performance data to monitor network activity
  • Allow you to earn while you learn
  • Allow you to learn in a flexible environment
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Knowledge Gained

An IT network apprenticeship will teach the causes and consequences of network and IT infrastructure failures and the architecture of typical IT systems. They will be able to use diagnostic techniques and tools to interrogate and gather information regarding systems performance and will know their role in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery. Network engineering apprentices will have a full awareness of the concepts of routing and switching, as well as the characteristics of network topologies, types and technologies. They can use tools to automate network tasks and know how to integrate a server into a network.

Programme Modules
Entry requirements
Apprenticeship Standard
Programme Modules

Programme Modules

  • Cisco IT Essentials
  • Network Principles
  • Network Systems and Architecture
  • Network Security


Each apprenticeship course has a standard set of competencies – Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours – that are focused on throughout the programme. The Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours are evaluated through the End-Point Assessment (EPA), which is completed in the last month of the apprenticeship. The EPA is conducted by an external assessor, and will include the following elements that need to be completed in order to finish the Level 4 Network Engineer apprenticeship.

  1. A portfolio
  2. A professional discussion
  3. A simulated assessment and questioning
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements may vary depending on the requirements of the employer. Usually, a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels, NVQs, a BTEC or a Level 3 Apprenticeship will be required. Employers may also expect a minimum of 5 GCSEs with grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths. Apprentices that don’t have GCSE English and maths at the required level may need to undertake mandatory Functional Skills as part of the apprenticeship to achieve Level 2 prior to End-Point Assessment.



This apprenticeship programme costs £17,000, all covered through the Apprenticeship Levy. Even if your business doesn’t pay into the Levy, the government funds 95% of all apprenticeship training, with your business only paying 5%.

Network Engineer Apprenticeship Standard

Network Engineer Apprenticeship Standard

The Network Engineer Apprenticeship Standard outlines that this course is designed to teach learners about designing, installing, maintaining, and supporting communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Duties of this apprenticeship role include:

  • Installing, configuring and testing appropriate network components or devices securely to well-defined specifications whether physical or virtual.
  • Acquiring and analysing network performance data to monitor network activity.
  • Optimising and maintaining the performance of network systems or services in line with well-defined specification whether physical or virtual.
  • Investigating and problem solving to address technical performance issues in networks to return the network to successful operation and escalate as necessary.
  • Undertaking upgrades to a network including physical or virtual systems.

Why choose our network engineering apprenticeship?

Estio is a leading provider of digital and technology apprenticeship programmes, offering a comprehensive apprenticeship course informed by industry expertise, and delivered remotely to ensure enough flexibility for your apprentice’s needs to be suited.

What does a network engineering apprentice do?

Similar to an infrastructure technician apprentice, a network engineering apprentice will typically be responsible for installing and configuring computer networks and systems, as well as identifying any problems that arise with these elements. They will learn whilst they work, applying their knowledge practically to their role.

What is a network engineering apprenticeship?

A network engineering apprenticeship will learn to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. This falls within the digital category of apprenticeships and can allow your business to protect itself.

Job roles for network engineer apprentices

After completing their course, an apprentice network engineer could get into a range of jobs, including:

  • Desk based engineer
  • Dynamic network engineer
  • Field based engineer
  • Infrastructure engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network architect
  • Network engineer
  • Systems engineer

What our employers say

I would definitely recommend Estio as an IT apprenticeship provider. I have been particularly impressed with our account manager, who has shown a great deal of commitment to improve the learner experience. We are extremely pleased!

| Virgin Media

What our learners say

I couldn’t recommend Estio Training enough for their delightfully helpful, hands-on team, who made my journey in finding my next career venture feel like such a completely stress-free and pleasant experience.

| New Apprentice, Google Review

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