Telecom Apprenticeships UK


All you need to know about telecom apprenticeships and how to become an apprentice telecom engineer.

"Telecom Apprenticeships help you stay connected" Telecom Apprenticeships are a new addition to the to the apprenticeship standards and were introduced in recent years. Many companies have already adopted the new trailblazer apprenticeship standards to offer apprenticeships in telecommunications.

The telecom sector if one of the most thriving industries in the UK and is not affected by global conditions such as pandemics. At present in the UK hundreds of companies are investing billions of pounds to connect as many houses as possible to a fibre telecom network known as FTTP.

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Add some fibre to your career with an Apprenticeship in Telecom.

Get connect with a career in telecommunications by starting an apprenticeship and learning new skills in the UK's most reliable industry sector for you to network in and carve out a successful career.

The telecommunications sector is probably the UK's most secure industry to successfully build a lasting a career in. Over the last fifteen years or so the the telecom sector has grown from strength to strength with major advancements in fixed line cable moving from traditional copper to fibre making internet speeds even faster and mobile communications have advanced from GPRS to 5G.

What types of apprenticeships are there in telecom?

Apprenticeships in the telecom sector are fairly new if your considering an apprenticeship in a trade such as an engineer or project manager. However more traditional none telecom specific apprenticeships have always been available such as Business or Administration Apprenticeships. You can now learn a trade in the telecommunications sector to learn hands on what makes the telecom sector ring:

  • Field Engineers
  • Splicers
  • Fibre Technicians
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Civil Engineering
  • Sales
  • Customer Service

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship - Telecom Field Operative

During this Level 2 Apprenticeship you will be trained in how to build and repair telecom networks to residential and commercial properties. This will include conventional copper cables and your more modern fibre networks.

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship - Telecommunications Technician

A Level 3 Telecommunications Technician Apprenticeships is more advanced and gives you the opportunity under supervision to set up and configure communication systems and install comms software and hardware.

What qualifications will I be able to gain from an apprenticeship in telecom?

Just like any apprenticeship offered the level of qualifications you can gain is dependant on the level of apprenticeship on offer. Many telecom companies are looking to increase their field operations due to the high volume of work currently needed to update the UK's fibre network and connect homes and businesses directly to the fibre network, know as FTTP (Fibre to the Property). You can gain:

  • Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship) in Comms Cabling
  • Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship) Telecom Systems

The above are the entry level apprenticeships on offer for individuals wanting to enter the world of telecommunications, once you have completed this level and gained an understanding of the telecom/communications sector you will be able to take the next steps to an Advanced Apprentices and then onwards to Higher or Degree Apprenticeships.

Who offers telecom apprenticeships in the UK?

There are hundreds of companies working in the telecommunications sector offering apprenticeships from network operates such as BT to the four mobile operates including O2, EE and Three. BT are always recruiting apprentices with them directly or through Openreach which has announced will recruit over 5,500 new employees in 2021.

On top of the network operators their are many companies scrambling to connect as many houses and business premises as possible to a fibre network to offer super fast internet speeds, these companies are called AltNet (Alternative Network) providers as they are an alternative to BT or Openreach and own their own cables from the little green box to the property (FTTP) making them more agile companies.

Alternative Network Providers include:

  • CityFibre
  • Hyperoptic
  • GigaClear
  • Zzoomm

Telecom Apprenticeships

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Register as an Apprentice! Get your career off to the right start by registering to become an apprentice on the UK's leading website for apprenticeship jobs.

Once you have registered you can find and apply for apprenticeships at the click of a button and get connected with a career in telecom. Hundreds of telecommunication companies across the UK are looking for apprentices just like you.

Apprenticeship Levels

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships

Intermediate Apprenticeships are your entry level into the world of apprenticeships more commonly known as a Level 2 Apprenticeship. Level 2 apprenticeships offer an excellent route into further education post 16, as an alternative to staying on at school, whilst receiving on the job training and studying towards a nationally recognised qualification.

During your intermediate apprenticeship you will study part-time with a college or a training provider, 20% of your training, towards an NVQ Level 2 and knowledge based qualification such as a BTEC, together these qualifications are the equivalent to 5 GCSE's grades 9 - 4 (A* - C on the old grading system). You will also receive a Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English if you don't already have them.

An Intermediate Apprenticeship is great for learning work related skills as apposed to being given more responsibility. This level of training will make you work ready and train you in the hands on skills required to undertake the responsibility of the task and give you the employability skills you need to be successful.

Qualifying Criteria

There is no formal qualifying criteria for a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship however some employers may ask for a minimum of 2 GCSE's to be able to join their apprenticeship programme.


Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships or commonly known as Level 3 Apprenticeships are the equivalent to doing 2 A-Levels and are the next level from an intermediate apprenticeship. Level 3 apprenticeships are great for you to start once you have completed your GCSE's and have attained the correct grades to be able to start at this level.

Starting at the advanced level even if you already have A-levels enables you to gain on the training, of which some employers prefer you to have before starting a Higher or Degree apprenticeship.

Just like an intermediate apprenticeship you will be required to spend at least 20% of your time studying with a college or training provider to be able to achieve the qualifications. On completion of you r apprenticeship you will achieve the equivalent of 2 A-Levels in the form of an NVQ Level 3 and a knowledge based qualifications such as a BTEC diploma.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship many employers ask for a minimum of 5 GCSE's which must include Maths and English, this is why an intermediate apprenticeships gives you these qualifications on completion. Although an advanced apprenticeships is the equivalent of 2 A-Levels some employers may add A-Levels as their requirement at this level also.

Find companies advertising advanced apprenticeship jobs on our website.

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships

Higher Apprenticeships are your Levels 4 and 5 qualifications and enable you to study towards a HNC or HND respectively whilst at Level 5 you can also attain a foundation degree which is great if you want to continue in your studies towards a bachelors degree.

During your higher apprenticeship training you will be required to studying part-time with a training provider, college or university which along with your on the job training will enable you to train towards a Level 4 or 5 NVQ and BTEC diploma along with their respective HNC or HND qualification. Higher apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete.

As a higher apprentice you will be given a lot more responsibility which may include managing people or teams or even responsible for managing projects. You will be supported by your employer along side your mentors and tutors making sure to advise and guide you along the way during your apprenticeship programme.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a higher apprenticeship you will need to have achieved and completed at least a Level 3 Apprenticeship or have 5 GCSE's grades 9-4 which must include Maths and English and 2 A-Levels.

Find companies advertising higher apprenticeship jobs on our website.

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships were introduced in September 2015 and have been receive with open arms both by employers and apprentices alike. Also known as Level 6 or 7 apprenticeships the degree level apprenticeship enables you to study towards a Bachelors or Masters degree.

You can start a degree apprenticeships straight after your advanced apprenticeship level or alternatively if you want to gain more on the job training before the Level 6 programme you can overlap from a higher apprenticeship programme. Many employers are now partnering with leading universities across the country to offer degree level apprenticeships to help advance your learning opportunities.

Just like studying at university a degree level apprenticeship takes between 3 to 6 years to complete you will achieve this by on the job training with your employer and training provider and then part-time study at the designated university for your apprenticeship course.

Qualifying Criteria

To qualifying for a degree apprenticeship you will need to have at least Level 3 qualifications of 2 A-Levels, NVQ and BTEC or have completely the advanced apprenticeship. Level 6 and 7 are also a natural progression from a higher apprenticeship.

Find companies advertising degree apprenticeship jobs on our website.

Frequently asked Questions about Telecom Apprenticeships

FAQs about Telecom Apprenticeships
Where can I find an apprenticeship in Telecommunications?

Use our quick and easy search function to find an apprenticeship in telecom then register to become an apprentice.

Do I have to have previous experience to start an Apprenticeship in Telecom?

No previous experience is required for you to start an apprenticeship in telecom, there are many on the training opportunities for you to gain the knowledge and experience required to build a successful career in telecommunications.

How secure is the telecom sector for job security?

The telecom industry in the UK is one of the most secure sectors for work and is not affected by global conditions such as pandemics. In fact the telecom sector flourishes due to more people working from home and having to use devices to access the internet or video conferencing.

How long does a telecom apprenticeship take to complete?

A level 2 or Intermediate telecom apprenticeship takes between 12 - 18 months to complete, this is the entry level for starting as a telecom apprentice.

Will I have to work outside to do an apprenticeship in telecommunications?

Not all apprenticeships in telecom require you to work outside. There are elements of learning about the telecommunications that work hand in hand with IT and can be desk based.

You may also consider an apprenticeship which is not sector specific like Business Administration or Finance and Accounting.

How much will I be paid as a Telecom Apprentice?

The average salary for telecom apprentices in the UK ranges between £10,000 - £20,000 depending on where you live in the UK.

Who offers apprenticeships in Telecommunications in the UK?

With the roll out of fibre across the whole of the UK telecom skills are not that widely available and for that reason all telecom infrastructure and AltNet providers are offering apprenticeships, especially field based apprenticeships to train a future proof workforce.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a form of further education which offers on the job training for you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst studying part-time with an apprenticeship training provider, college or university through workshops or classroom training.

Apprenticeship training has to be delivered by a registered apprenticeship training provider which can also be an employer-provider, where the employer you are training through are on the register of training providers to be able to deliver their own training requirements. If an employer acts as an employer-provider they will usually employ a number of people such as Apprenticeship Assessors, Mentors and Managers to support you through your apprenticeship programme.

During your apprenticeship you will receive a salary and all the other benefits permanent employees receive. An apprenticeship job is only for a specified time as stipulated at the beginning of your apprenticeship training which can last anything from 12 months to 5 years.

To find our more about apprenticeships please refer to our What is an Apprenticeship? guide.

Why should you start an apprenticeship?

If you are considering your post 16 options you probably wouldn't have considered an apprenticeship a few years ago and would be struggling or worrying what to do when you leave school. It is a legal requirement for you to now stay in some form of further education until the age of 18 and you now have three options A-Levels, College or an Apprenticeship.

You can start an apprenticeship at the age of 16 through the Intermediate or Advanced level apprenticeship programmes across many industry sectors from Construction, Technology or even Marketing. There are no entry requirements for the intermediate apprenticeship, however you will need at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4 (previously C grade) or above to qualify for the advanced apprenticeship. On completion of the intermediate you will gain the qualifying criteria for a level 3.

The best reason for starting an apprenticeship is on completion of each level you will receive a nationally recognised qualification from an NVQ all the way up to a degree level apprenticeship such as a Bachelors or Masters.


How can you become an apprentice?

There are a number of ways to become an apprentice so we thought we would list them for you:

  • Register with websites like ourselves, there are others available.
  • Apprenticeship Job Fairs are great for meeting employers and training providers.
  • Contact training providers in your area, a simple Google search "Training providers near me" will give you the information you need.
  • Contact your local colleges or universities or visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training.
  • UCAS promote apprenticeship opportunities on their website on behalf of employers.

and finally......

  • Do some research on apprenticeships and find a topic or industry that you would like to start an apprenticeship in and then research local companies in those sectors and visit their websites to see if they offer apprenticeship training and apply directly with them.

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