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Network Cable Installer Apprenticeships

Many of our clients have turned to network cable installer apprenticeships to upskill existing engineers but more importantly, recruit and train new data cable engineers.

The network cable installer apprenticeship standard provides all of the training needed for engineers to become fully accredited.

Engineers will cover a number of modules and will also receive classroom-based training to complete the City and Guilds 3667-02 Copper and Fibre Installation.

They will also complete a PASMA course and a 1 day Street Works qualification.

Fibre Engineer

Apprenticeship Levels

There are two levels of structured networks apprenticeships.

Level 3 Network Cable Installer

The Network Cable Installer Programme is designed for new entrants to the industry or for experienced engineers who want to improve their skills and knowledge.

The role of the network cable installer is to install, terminate, test and certify network cable infrastructure components in accordance with National and International industry standards. This network infrastructure will provide the communications backbone for the digital infrastructure ecosystem, enabling all types of digital devices including computers, servers, smart devices, security equipment, wireless access points, access control, building management systems and lighting systems to communicate between each other, internally, nationally and globally.

On successful completion of the Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship engineers will receive the following accreditations:

  • City and Guilds 3667-02 Copper
  • City and Guilds 3667-03 Fibre
  • NRSWA Guarding and Lighting/Operative – Unit 2
  • Manual Handling – Level 2
  • Asbestos Awareness – Level 2
  • Working at Heights

On completion of this programme engineers will be eligible to apply for:

  • ECS Advanced Datacoms Engineer Gold Card
  • Full member for the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals

Level 4 Network Engineer

The network engineer programme is designed for data and fibre engineers who have completed the level 3 programme and would like to advance in their careers to become network engineers. This role is for advanced engineers who will plan and manage network installations.

The primary role of a network engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

Typical Job Roles: Network Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Administrator

The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 18 to 24 months.

This programme has been designed for experienced structured network engineers who are looking to develop their skills and knowledge of all aspects of network technology. The apprenticeship is delivered through block courses, webinars and online learning.

By the end of this programme you will also have completed the following modules:

  • CCNA Parts 1&2
  • City & Guilds 3667-03 Design and Planning
  • CompTIA Server +
  • CompTIA Security +
  • PRINCE2 Foundation

This is a high-level course and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enhance your credentials.

Programme Delivery

These programmes are delivered through our apprenticeship delivery company – VQ Solutions Ltd.

VQ Solutions Ltd was established in 2008 and has provided a range of services in the delivery of vocational training both in the UK and also internationally. Members of our team have advised, through consultancy, international governments and blue-chip organisations on implementation and development of technical and vocational education and training.

Quickly establishing itself as a quality training organisation, VQ was awarded a direct contract with the Skills Funding Agency to deliver apprenticeships.

Since then, VQ has expanded its apprenticeship offering. It is now the largest apprenticeship provider in England for Network Cable Installer apprenticeships. It also offers a range of other apprenticeships including business administration, digital marketing, network engineering, management and HR.


VQ Solutions was inspected by OfSTED in February 2020 and were rated as GOOD. Some of the key findings were:

Apprentices receive good support from staff. Staff know their apprentices very well and use this knowledge to provide useful learning activities that enable apprentices to develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Managers recruit apprentices carefully and enable them to settle well into their job roles and quickly develop their confidence and independence. Employers are impressed by apprentices’ willingness to innovate and to take on increased responsibility early in their apprenticeship. For example, apprentices in business management, who previously would not have put themselves forward, now take the lead on ‘time to talk day’, which promotes talking about mental health in the workplace.

Apprentices demonstrate high levels of respect for staff, peers and colleagues at work, contributing well to a positive workplace culture. Apprentices enjoy the opportunities to work with their peers at workshops to share experiences from their different workplaces.

Apprentices feel safe at work and in the learning environment. Most apprentices have a sound understanding of fundamental British values, staying safe online, and the dangers of radicalisation and extremism. Apprentices, particularly those based in larger towns and cities, have a good understanding of local risks such as the dangers of, for example, knife crime and county lines.