Network manager apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this roletraining with a private provider
You could do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree before applying for a job as a trainee network manager. Relevant subjects include:
- computer networking and security
- networks and communications systems
- computer science
- digital communications and networks
You'll usually need 1 or 2 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma. You'll also need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
You could complete a network engineer higher apprenticeship or a digital technology solutions degree apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A-Levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship.
You could move into network management if you have relevant experience. For example, from working as a network engineer, senior IT support technician or more general IT manager.
You may be able to get industry recognised certification like Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or CompTIA Network+ through a private training provider. You'll normally be working in IT to do these or have a high level of technical ability.
Network manager apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- analytical thinking skills
- complex problem-solving skills
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to use your initiative
- knowledge of systems analysis and development
- customer service skills
- to have a thorough understanding of computer systems and applications
Network manager apprenticeships - what you'll do
- assess a client's computing requirements
- design and test network plans to meet your client's needs
- put in place network security measures
- plan back up and recovery systems
- organise preventative maintenance schedules
- monitor and report on network performance and usage
- troubleshoot and repair network hardware and software
- supervise technical staff
- manage network growth and development
You could work in an office.
Career path and progression - Network manager apprenticeships
You'll need to keep your skills up to date, for example in mobile and 'cloud' technologies. You can do this through professional development training and industry certifications.
You can move into project and information management, service planning and delivery, information security, business analysis or freelance consultancy.