Network Build Apprentice

Become part of the team on the ground installing our infrastructure for millions to enjoy super-fast services across the nation! You can have a genuine impact on our network success whilst earning and working toward professional qualifications.

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Our Network Build Engineers are the ones who plan and deliver our high-speed network across the Virgin Media O2 Technical estate. You’ll be working inside our technical sites to install racks, equipment, copper cables, fibre cables and more.  


Build skills for the future   

As a Network Build Apprentice, you won’t just be installing the latest network equipment, you’ll gain exposure to fibre splicing, mobile network builds, fault resolutions, and more. Everything you do will mean that our customers can continue to enjoy our super-fast network with no problems. 

Once you have successfully completed the scheme, you could also be responsible for:  

  • Reviewing project design documents to identify several requirements, such as infrastructure, connectivity, space, power and cooling  
  • Working in data centres to install, manage and support the physical infrastructure  
  • Reading detailed design documents and technical drawings  
  • Completing site surveys to understand the job that needs doing and how to do it  
  • Ensuring our delivery partners follow all Health & Safety rules and carrying out quality assurance audits on their installations to support our governance teams, as well as ensuring they meet the required level of compliance to technical build standards 
  • Creating and developing effective working relationships with internal and external customers, suppliers, and strategic partners to enable successful relationship management 


What we look for  

You should have a passion for solving problems as you will take on different tasks every single day that have to be resolved quickly. The ability to prioritise and handle your responsibilities confidently under your own guidance. You’ll need to be comfortable leading numerous projects and have strong influencing skills too.  

On occasions, you could be required to go wherever support is needed, so it’s important that you’re comfortable travelling and can be flexible when needed, sometimes including overnight stays. This isn’t always a 9-5 job either, some days you might be asked to work outside these hours travelling to and from a job or work unsociable hours to resolve a problem without affecting our customers. 

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  

A starting salary of £19,000 with the chance to progress through the team. During the scheme, you’ll study towards a Level 3 Network Cabler Apprenticeship. Not only are you going to build your knowledge, experience and skills, but you can also enjoy some amazing 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 3 Network Cabler
Duration: 15 months
Start Date: April 2023
Locations: Reading & Wythenshawe
Requirements: Level 1 qualification in Maths and English. 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 £19,000, with an increase to £22,000 after 12 months, and a final salary of £29,000-£33,000 + amazing benefits 

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