The new network cable installer apprenticeship standard has been released and we thought it might be useful to make structured network companies aware of how it will change apprenticeship delivery in the industry.
Standards are the new method of delivery for apprenticeships in England. They are designed by employer groups and set out the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours expected on someone working in the job role that the standard is for. The network cable installer standards are:
What is different from the current data and fibre engineer apprenticeship?
The new standards based apprenticeship has some significant changes. There are now additional modules that need to be delivered. Engineers will still complete the City and Guilds Copper and Fibre training as well as PASMA and IPAF but there are new modules such as Street Works and Asbestos Awareness.
We like the new standard as it gives data and fibre engineers a full package of qualifications to do their job.
The other important addition is that engineers will need to complete a one day assessment to complete this apprenticeship. This will be a bit like the electrical AM2 test but for data and fibre installation.
Also, engineers without GCSE IT will no longer need to do the IT functional skill but will still need to complete Maths and English functional skills if they don’t hold GCSE grade C or above in those respective subjects.
How will this affect ECS Cards for Data and Fibre Engineers?
It won’t. In fact we think it will make it better. We are still going to deliver the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals as part of this programme which entitles engineers to apply for and ECS Gold Card.
When will we release this programme?
We are currently writing this new apprenticeship programme. As it is an apprenticeship it is inspected by OfSTED so we need to get it right for engineers and employers.
- April 2019 – New Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship Standard Released
- May 2019 – Programme design and curriculum planning
- June 2019 – Complete new learning material
- July 2019 – Feedback from employers
- Sep 2019 – Programme released
If engineers are looking to do start and apprenticeship now then we can still offer the existing framework. Please speak to the team at VQ on 01423 740006