IT Systems & Networks Advanced Apprenticeship

Who is this Apprenticeship for?
Subject to the eligibility & suitability criteria of NowSkills, this Apprenticeship is for new Apprentices to the workplace, existing employees new to the role, or existing employees who have no formal qualifications related to the role.

Suggested job roles are: Support Technician, Telecoms Engineer, Network Planner, Helpdesk Professional, Desktop Support Engineer, Network Engineer.

What does this Apprenticeship entail?
Developed by an IT specialist provider, working in partnership with employers in the IT industry across the North of England, the NowSkills IT Systems & Networking Advanced Apprenticeship includes a mix of on and off-the-job training, which is designed to develop an apprentice’s IT skills and knowledge, and meet the skills needs of local employers.

This NowSkills Apprenticeship is made to fit around an apprentice’s skills and areas for development. It’s not just about gaining the industry-recognised qualifications (although these are hugely important and valuable!) but it’s also about developing an Apprentice’s real-life work skills. Moreover it is structured to fit around employer demands and can be tailored, in areas, to meet specific employer requirements.

Included qualifications & training funded and delivered by NowSkills exclusively in the North of England:

Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals (98-366) (optional)

Microsoft Technology Associate: Security Fundamentals (98-367) (optional)

CompTIA Cloud Essentials Certification (CLO-001) (optional)

CompTIA A+ Certification (220-801 & 220-802) (optional)

Compatia A

NowSkills has developed this Apprenticeship based on the nationally-recognised framework for IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals, which has been outlined by employers in the IT industry (such as Cisco, Fujitsu, Microsoft and Accenture) and the sector skills council for IT, The Tech Partnership.

Because the NowSkills Apprenticeship is based on a national framework, it attracts funding from the UK Government to contribute towards the training, however NowSkills delivers additional training at no cost.

Included Government-funded qualifications delivered by NowSkills:

Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals
Awarded by Edexcel, this qualification covers an Apprentice’s ability to carry out tasks related to the job role. An apprentice’s competency to carry out these tasks will be judged against a set of national standards by a Vocational Tutor, who will visit an Apprentice regularly in order to support him/her on the course.

Once awarded this qualification an Apprentice will have shown that he/she is competent in:

  • Diagnosing technical faults
  • Configuring IT hardware and software
  • Providing remote support for IT products or services
  • Working safely within an IT environment
  • Developing his/her own effectiveness and professionalism
  • Delivering customer care

Level 3 BTEC Diploma in IT (Networking & Systems Support)

Also awarded by Edexcel, and more commonly referred to as “the knowledge component”, this qualification certifies that an Apprentice has knowledge and understanding of IT systems & networking. The majority of this qualification will be delivered in one of our training centres over a period 12 weeks.

On achieving this qualification an apprentice will have shown knowledge and understanding of:

  • Deploy, install and configure Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 clients
  • Interact with, and advise customers in an appropriate manner
  • Design and follow procedures and plan system maintenance activities
  • Install, configure and test computer hardware and software
  • Understand factors affecting computer performance and how to optimise it
  • Install, use and troubleshoot applications in the Microsoft Office suite
  • Deploy, install and configure Windows 7 and 8.1 clients
  • Troubleshoot, record, diagnose or escalate system faults in a helpdesk setting
  • Understand and configure network communications, wired and wireless
  • Install and configure Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012 R2 in multiple roles, including Virtualisation
  • Control Microsoft Domain Users, Groups and Computers using powerful Group Policies
  • Recognise security breaches and take steps to protect against them
  • Understand features and usage of mobile and cloud technology in a business

Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Mathematics, & ICT

Personal Learning & Thinking Skills and Employee Rights & Responsibilities

Potential Apprentices: Please visit the apprentice section of our website or give us a call/email if you’re interested in this apprenticeship, to find out more about the benefits of being a NowSkills apprentice, potential earnings, how the course is structured and availability.

Prospective Employers: Please contact us (or request a call back) today to find out more about the benefits that a NowSkills apprentice can bring to your organisation, potential ROI, how the course is structured, availability and much more! Alternatively visit the employer section of our website to find out more.