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Cyber Engineer - Networks Engineer Apprentice British Army

Become qualified in designing, building and managing secure information systems, whilst being a cyber warfare specialist at the heart of the information battle as a Cyber Engineer soldier in the British Army.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 30 Oct 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £15,985.00 - £20,400.00

  • Working week

    Depending on the training and operations of your regiment, you could be working 8 - 5 Monday - Friday. You could be working longer hours during training exercises or if deployed on operations. You will often finish early on a Friday. Shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    05 Nov 2021

  • Date posted

    14 May 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


As a Cyber Engineer soldier, you will design, prepare, configure, deploy and maintain operational and tactical communication systems to ensure frontline troops and their Commanders can communicate on operations worldwide. You will be trained to engineer a range of systems including secure radios, satellite systems, computer networks and mobile communications as well as support a range of software applications and ICT.

Duties will include:

  • Design, engineer, maintain and repair a range of communications equipment for use on the Battlefield and on Operations
  • Install, service and repair telecommunications data cable networks, data centres, configure switches, routers, servers and LAN access equipment
  • Operate as a Royal Corps of Signals soldier conducting military tasks wherever UK Armed Forces are deployed
  • Learn to instruct and pass on your expert skills and knowledge

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • You must have a basic level of fitness and be able to work well in a group
  • For more information please view the information on the Army Jobs website

Personal qualities

  • We welcome people into the Army from all backgrounds. There is no ‘typical’ Soldier candidate! You don’t need any previous military experience, just an appetite to take on responsibility and be part of a team
  • Please view all the information on the role page on the Army Jobs website

Desired qualifications

  • Maths GCSE at 4/C or above, English GCSE at 3/D (or equivalent)

Future prospects

  • Promotion to Lance Corporal may follow upon completion of your apprenticeship. As your career progresses, you’ll have the chance to work towards other qualifications in communications networks and management

About the employer

The British Army protects the United Kingdom’s interests at home and abroad, providing a safe and secure environment in which all British citizens can live and prosper.

We offer over 76 different entry level jobs, and in each and every one of these positions are opportunities for gaining skills and qualifications. No matter what your background or experience, you can find where you belong in the British Army.

We’ll help you uncover strengths you didn’t know you had, and you’ll feel the benefits not just for your Army career but wherever your career leads afterwards.

Benefits will include:

  • Over 40 different apprenticeship schemes
  • World-class training
  • Opportunities to gain qualifications as your career progresses, including degree level qualifications
  • A highly competitive benefits package
  • Commitment to cultural diversity and freedom to follow to your religion
  • Women have access to the same challenges, pay and promotions as men
  • Opportunities for flexible working
  • Outstanding sporting and adventurous training opportunities
  • 38 days paid leave per year
  • Subsidised food and accommodation


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by BRITISH ARMY

Higher (Level 4) Network Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, which includes:

  • You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (16 years 6 month to 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training at Pirbright or Winchester
  • You’ll start your Initial Trade Training at the home of the Royal Corps of Signals in Blandford, Dorset. The Foundation 1 course is designed to introduce basic signalling and communication skills whilst building on your existing military skills. You will be taught basic principles and skills which you will build on throughout your career; such as siting, operating and talking on military radios, radio logs, map marking, working at heights, health and safety, and of course security. This lays the groundwork for the next step in your journey*
  • Specialised Trade training Foundation 2 course, this builds on the Foundation 1 course and dives deeper into technical training in preparation for your specific trade course. Be prepared for a blend of building and configuring networks, managing system problems including a helpdesk, equipment care, understanding field generators, field cable and security (including cyber). Naturally, the military skills you built up in Foundation 1 are continually revised and refreshed during this course
  • Step 4 You’ll then undertake further specialist training specific to a Royal Corps of Signals Cyber Engineer (Networks Engineer) before moving to your first posting to start putting your technical training into practice, finishing your apprenticeship with your unit
  • If you have not got English GCSE level at 4/C or above, you will be given additional support and training to achieve Functional Skills level 2 in English

*Initially you will be selected as a ‘Cyber Engineer’. Upon starting your Initial Trade Training, you will apply to train in one of 3 specialisms: Network Engineer, Information Services Engineer or Infrastructure Engineer. Network Engineers and Information Services Engineers undertake the Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship; Infrastructure Engineers undertake the Level 3 Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship standard

Network engineer

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Employer's Application Instructions

You need to apply as a Regular (full-time) soldier. You will need to register and fill out an application. At you initial career discussion you can select your preference as Cyber Engineer.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 30 Oct 2021