IT Operations Engineer Networks Apprentice QINETIQ LIMITED

The role of the IT Network Engineer within IT Operations support Services is primarily responsible for the Operational support and maintenance to WAN, LAN and Voice services across all QinetiQ sites and cloud-based services to ensure the continual improvement of operational effectiveness and efficiency.

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Closing date: 07 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday to Friday, all details will be confirmed upon interview.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    16 Months

  • Possible start date

    11 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Mar 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Support is in collaboration with the Tier 1 and Tier 3 support teams. Occasionally engineers will be required to assist operational teams in problem management across the same technical space.

Key accountabilities to aspire to:

  • Support the Tier 2 support Team Lead for Network Operations in the delivery of IT Network services to QinetiQ across WAN, LAN and Voice services across all QinetiQ sites and cloud-based services
  • Collaborate across Operational support teams to develop solutions and services aligned with QinetiQ’s strategies and requirements
  • Ensure that IT network documentation is maintained and configuration records for all Network Systems are up to date at the point of deployment
  • Working alongside Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams and Solutions Architects on the development and delivery of IT solutions to the highest professional standards aligned to both IT and business requirements
  • Identify and develop methods and procedures to improve security and data privacy within the remit of the deliverable portfolio of solutions
  • Apply an approach of “automate first” when developing and implementing IT solutions
  • If a required act as an escalation point on incidents and problems
  • You will be undertaking a QA ICT Level 3 Apprenticeship as part of your role

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Why choose our Cloud Network Specialist Apprenticeship? 

  • QA’s Cloud Network Specialist Level 3 Apprenticeship provides a solid foundation in installing network cabling and hardware. A Cloud Network Specialist’s role is both desk-based and involves visits to clients' premises to resolve issues
  • Apart from installing network cabling and hardware, they may also be required to assist in the deployment and management of cloud-based services

QA’s Cloud Network Specialist Level 3 apprenticeship programme enables the apprentice to:

  • Follow a cloud-first curriculum, covering on-premise and cloud-enabled networking
  • Learn about core networking principles, including network addressing, cloud, virtualisation and security
  • Understand the principles, hardware, protocols and services that form part of on-premise, cloud and hybrid network architectures
  • Train with QA – the largest and leading provider for both Microsoft and AWS training
  • Learn technical content that aligns to, and is relevant to, employers and the market
  • Learn about DevOps methodologies and the fundamentals of databases and data migration

Tools and technologies learned: Learners will learn to use Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • 90% of QA apprentices secure permanent employment after completing: this is 20% higher than the national average

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Drive and determination, A full UK driving licence


GCSE or equivalent any subject -- x3 (Grade 4+ (A-C)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 3+ (D or above)) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 3+ (D or above)) Essential

Things to consider

Please be aware that many roles within QinetiQ will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and your place of birth may limit those roles you can perform for the organisation. You must be prepared to go through the Government Vetting process. For further details please refer to:

About the employer

About QinetiQ: Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend.  With a focus on protecting the world around us, we have a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and we are developing a global plan for net zero by March 2022. Being a responsible and sustainable business is at the heart of our identity.   Why join QinetiQ? As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects.  It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.




Cody Technology Park

Ively Road


GU14 0LX

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Information communications technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 07 Jun 2023