Access Transmission/IP Engineer Apprentice

Do you want to help our network grow? Join us on our Access Transmission/IP Engineer Apprentice Scheme and you’ll work, earn and study towards a professional qualification, all while doing something you love!

Be the one driving our network 

Working in one of our Radio Access Delivery teams, you’ll be responsible for configuring and delivering solutions to support our network.  Our Configuration and Planning team is responsible for the integration of our networks and connections, as well as the configuration. Our Access Transmission team are responsible for connecting our services to cell sites, allowing our network to run. 


Build skills for the future 

As an apprentice, you’ll get involved with real-time, impactful projects. You could be configuring and delivering radio access networks to ensure the rollout of networks on time and within budget. A radio access network (RAN) is a major component of a wireless telecommunications system that connects individual devices to other parts of a network through a radio link.  

You may also be looking after your own ‘patch’, managing new site builds within that area. You’ll be looking at key points and building plans to make sure that each step of the process is completed in order for the overall build to be successful. Responsibilities you could take on include: 

  • Reviewing network capacity to find pinch points and finding ways to resolve these 
  • Looking after core events, such as Glastonbury and Silverstone Grand Prix, to ensure all network services are live and efficient 
  • Placing orders with suppliers for materials needed to complete new cell site builds  
  • Managing suppliers and build teams to ensure builds stay on track, both in budget and timelines 


What we look for 

A passion for investigating. A structured working approach. Strong attention to detail. Each of these qualities will go towards helping you successfully complete the apprenticeship. You’ll need to be able to evaluate problems, seek solutions actively, and not be scared to ask for help if needed. Day-to-day, you will work with people of all levels, so you’ll need to be a confident communicator. Other qualities we’d like to see include: 

  • Ability to stay calm in high-pressure situations 
  • A good understanding of Microsoft Office 
  • Process and project management skills 

We’re 100% committed to having a workforce that represents every part of our society, so we’re keen to hear from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances. 


What’s in it for you 

All our apprenticeships lead to permanent roles, so once you have successfully completed the scheme, you will have a role in the team waiting for you, Level 4 Network Engineer qualification under your belt and a final salary from £30,000. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy our benefits, including: 

  • 25 days holiday 
  • Your birthday off every year 
  • Employee discounts on mobile, broadband and TV services 

…and loads more! 


What is involved with studying for an apprenticeship?   

Your apprenticeship is made up of learning on the job, but also gaining the academic skills to put into practice in your day-to-day job. As a result, you’ll complete the apprenticeship as part of a structured learning programme alongside working in the role. The learning programme is made up of a suite of modules and milestones and you’ll be required to evidence your work against these modules via tasks and assignments. For some apprenticeships, you may also undertake additional technical qualifications, which include studying for, and taking an exam. Once you have completed your modules and milestones, you’ll then move to your End Point Assessment (EPA) which is typically made up of an interview and a project. Once you pass this stage, you will receive your apprenticeship qualification with us. 


Apprenticeship: Level 4 Network Engineer
Duration: 24 months
Start Date: April 2023
Locations: Runcorn
Requirements: 5 GCSES Level 9-4 including Maths and English, or a Level 2 Apprenticeship or equivalent. Full UK driving licence with no more than 8 points (3 points if you’ve had your licence for two years or less)
Salary: Starting salary of £23,000, with an increase to £26,000 after 12 months. Final salaries will be from £30,000 + amazing benefits 

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