Apprenticeship - IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals

This apprenticeship programme is designed for new entrants to a role in the IT & Telecoms sector, and to provide progression and re-skilling routes for existing IT Professionals. Apprentices can work in areas such as:

  • Software & Web Development
  • Technical Support
  • Telecommunications (one of our specialist areas)
  • IT Project Management

An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. 

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

What is included in this Apprenticeship? 

All apprenticeships work towards a framework with a specified number of credits. The framework includes a balance of content in technical, business and interpersonal areas designed to ensure apprentices have an appropriate set of skills to operate in today’s IT &Telecoms job roles, which includes competence and knowledge qualifications. 

This intermediate apprenticeship requires a minimum of 75 credits.  It includes both competence and knowledge qualifications.

The competence qualification: 

Edexcel Level 2 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT & Telecoms Professionals (QCF)

This qualification has 2 mandatory units, Health and Safety in ICT and Develop Own Effectiveness and Professionalism and a choice of optional units below to make a total of 48 credits:

  • Technical Advice and Guidance
  • Customer Care in ICT
  • Working with ICT Hardware and Equipment
  • Technical Fault Diagnosis
  • Testing ICT Systems
  • Using Email 
  • Copper Cabling and Fibre Optic.

The Knowledge Qualification

Level 2 Award in ICT Systems and Principles   - 12 Credits

7540-12 and 7540-13 offer the opportunity to learn and demonstrate knowledge and skills you have developed for a specific area of ICT, such as: 

  • Database Development 
  • Website Design
  • IT product Development
  • Network Planning and Installation Programming 
  • Systems Analysis 
  • Cabling andTtelecommunications
  • Copper and Data Cabling – Installation, Terminating and Testing
  • Fibre Optic – Installation, Joining and Testing Fibre Optic Cabling

Functional Skills/GCSE  

Apprentices must complete or have completed English, mathematics and ICT at Level 1 or equivalent in order to successfully complete the apprenticeship and each of these will carry the five credit values. If they do not have these qualifications, they can be delivered as part of the apprenticeship framework. 

How is the apprenticeship delivered?

An apprenticeship programme is designed to be a work-based programme whereby instructor-led learning can be immediately applied by apprentices in a real work context. The mandatory units from the competence qualification must be assessed in the workplace, and wherever possible, it is recommended that optional units should also be assessed in this context. CableCom assessors will carry out a minimum of 4 on site assessments at the work place.  Due to the industry and to meet the needs of the employer, this maybe over multiple sites. 

The apprentice will also be required to complete an on-line e-portfolio using a tool called Smart Assessor. The assessor will be able to monitor and assess the portfolio on a monthly basis in addition to the on- site assessments. The assessor will communicate regularly through Smart Assessor providing feedback and portfolio support.

The knowledge component will be taught at one of CableCom’s training workshops using practical and on-line assessments  to ensure the apprentice has gained the underpinning theory and principles required for the role. CableCom require the apprentices to attend 2 individual block release weeks, 1 week for copper and data cabling - installation, terminating and testing and 1 week for fibre optic - installation; joining and testing fibre optic cabling.

Functional skills (Maths, English and ICT) if required will be delivered through on line assessment, e- teaching and learning tutorials (pod casts) and on line assessments.  If required 1 week block release is available. 

How Long Will it Take?

Apprenticeships are delivered to suit the needs of the employer and the ability of the apprentice, therefore the government recommends that the apprenticeship for quality purposes must have a duration of 12 months and 1 day minimum, however CableComrecommend on average 12 – 14 month completion.

Apprenticeship Funding  

The government fully funds 16 -18 apprenticeship training costs. For apprenticeships age 19+ the government will be on average 50% of the training costs and expect the employer to contribute to the remaining costs.  Apprentices must not be asked to pay towards their training.  SME’s - 50 employees max may be eligible for and AGE grant to subsidise wage costs of £1500. 

Additional costs

Accommodation and lunch will be provided by CableCom for apprentices during block release weeks. Other costs such as transport, evening meals and breakfast must be paid for by the employer.

CableCom's delivery model enables CableCom to deliver this apprenticeship nationally. CableCom offer employers a free recruitment service through the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Service.

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For further information contact info@cablecomtraining.co.uk Or telephone 01642 804000

Key Details

  • An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context.

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Course Duration

  • CableCom recommend on average 12 – 14 month completion.
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