Network Cable Installer (NCI®) Apprenticeship

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NCI® Apprenticeship Overview

The First Government Funded Apprenticeship for Network Cable Installation

Another first for CNet Training as they launch the first network infrastructure Apprenticeship Across England and Wales.

The Network Cable Installer (NCI®) Apprenticeship is levy funded to £9,000 or 95% co-funded. It has been developed by major installation companies. It is perfect for individuals wishing to acquire the knowledge to enable them to complete both copper and fibre cable installation projects and demonstrate the highest levels of skills and expertise in network cabling infrastructures. It is relevant to new entrants to the cabling industry in addition to those already working within the cable installation environment wishing to improve their skills.

Those who attend the Apprenticeship gain the knowledge and skills to confidently install, test and certify copper and fibre cable installations whilst working to the correct standards and best practices. Have the desired levels of competency and confidence to install Smart Building technology such as wireless access devices, VoIP telephony, CCTV cameras, door access controls and biometric security systems.

The Network Cable Installer NCI® Apprenticeship is deemed to be an ‘Apprenticeship in a Box’, purely because all the planning has already been completed in readiness for both employers and employees to follow. This includes a detailed timetable of professional development activity to enhance knowledge and skills and become professionally certified, it therefore alleviates the need for the employer to dedicate valuable time and effort in this essential planning stage and allows the Apprentice to commence straight away.

What does the certification mean to organisations?
For employers who have a team of certified individuals, it will instantly deliver confidence and competitive advantage to the market place, in addition to helping to secure the organisation’s professional reputation as a leader in its field. There is also a benefit of the ROI associated with having a team of professionally trained staff, as they work more competently, accurately and efficiently.

The NCI Apprenticeship in a Box® is perfect for individuals wishing to acquire the very latest skills and knowledge to enable them to complete both copper and fibre cable installation projects to the highest standards whilst gaining valuable on-the-job-training.

It is relevant to those who have recently embarked on a new career within the cable installation sector, and to those who already work within the cable installation sector and wish to improve their skills.

The Network Cable Installer (NCI Apprenticeship in a Box®) is 12 – 15 months in duration.

Maths and English at Level 2 is required to attend the Apprenticeship. No previous experience is required to attend this program, however, you do need to be employed within the network infrastructure industry.

Successful learners will have the knowledge and skills to confidently install, test and certify a complete copper and fibre cable installation.

On successful completion you will gain the following:

  • Internationally and industry recognised BTEC Level 3 Award Certified Network Cable Installer (Copper)
  • Internationally and industry recognised BTEC Level 3 Award Certified Network Cable Installer (Optical Fibre)
  • Official Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) certification

Plus:

  • Internal: Internationally and industry recognised Level 4 BTEC Award Certified Integrated Infrastructure Technician and Official Certified Integrated Infrastructure Technician (CIIT®) certification

or

  • External: Internationally and industry recognised Level 4 BTEC Award Certified Outside Plant Technician and Official Certified Outside Plant Technician (COPT®) certification
  • Use of the CNCI® & CIIT® or COPT® logos
  • Use of CNCI & CIIT or COPT post nominal letters after your name e.g. Martin Smith CNCI CIIT
  • Use of the official Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship (NCI Apprenticeship in a Box®) Digital Badge
  • Eligibility for an ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Network Infrastructure Apprentice® card (only available in the UK) whilst studying
  • On successful completion, eligibility for an ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Network Infrastructure Installer Gold Card (only available in the UK)
  • Continual Professional Development (CPDs)
  • 10 IEEE Continual Education Units (CEUs)
  • Health, Safety & Welfare in Construction
  • L2 Confined Spaces
  • Working at Heights
  • PASMA Mobile Towers
  • Asbestos Awareness Training
  • NRSWA Guarding and Lighting Operative
  • First aid at work

You will also benefit from:

  • The ability to work to the correct standards and best practices
  • Building contacts with other like-minded industry professionals
  • Knowing you are a leader in network cabling and are therefore contributing to the changing face of the industry
  • Become one of the elite certified network cable installers in the country
  • Demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge, skills and expertise in network infrastructure installation
  • Plan individual tasks and materials required accurately and with confidence
  • Install copper and fibre network cable infrastructure projects on time and within budget, maximising profit potential
  • Gain valuable on the job training
  • The apprentice will be eligible to apply for registrations as a full member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals
  • Confidence that employees have a full and rounded knowledge in network infrastructure installation, improving competency and productivity
  • Reduced time and material wastage – employees can carry out tasks in an accurate and timely manner
  • Delivering infrastructure installation projects to the highest quality standards resulting in increased client satisfaction and potential repeat business
  • Meet contractual requirements reducing sign off and project hand over times
  • Barking & Dagenham College
  • Dudley College of Technology

There is no age limit on this apprenticeship, but learners must be above 16.

No, the apprenticeship is a mixture of both off and on the job training. (20% off job/external block release training and 80% on the job training.

There are no direct costs to the apprentice to be involved in the NCI® Apprenticeship. The apprenticeship cost is £9,000 but government funded, for employers who are levy payers it will come out of the Apprenticeship levy pot, for Non levy payers is costs the organisation 5% of the apprenticeship (£450).
There is an additional charge charged by the college for some of the health and safety certificates which can’t be funded through the apprenticeship. This is about £500 and will be covered by the apprentice’s employer.

No, but you will need to be prepared to travel for the training you receive.

20% off job/external block release training and 80% on the job training.

On completion, apprentices will be eligible to apply for registration as a full member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals.

Successful completion of the NCI® Apprenticeship awards:

  • Official Certification - Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) certification
  • BTEC Level 3 Award Certified Network Cable Installer (Copper)
  • BTEC Level 3 Award Certified Network Cable Installer (Optical Fibre)
  • NRSWA Guarding and Lighting/Operative - Unit 2
  • Eligibility for an ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Network Infrastructure Installer Gold Card
  • Eligibility for ECS Apprentice card while completing the apprenticeship
  • Fluke CCTT® Certification
  • Plus: Official Certification - Certified Integrated Infrastructure Technician (CIIT®) Official Certification OR Certified Outside Plant Technician (COPT®)

Maths and English at Level 2 is required to attend the Apprenticeship. No previous experience is required to attend this program, however if you are working in the Network Infrastructure industry, it will prove advantageous.

  • Become one of the elite certified network cable installers in the country
  • Follow the internal Apprenticeship route or the external Apprenticeship route
  • Demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge, skills and expertise in network infrastructure installation
  • Plan individual tasks and materials required accurately and with confidence
  • Install copper and fibre network cable infrastructure projects on time and within budget, maximising profit potential
  • Gain valuable on the job training
  • Apprentices will be eligible to apply for registration as a full member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals

No, you must be an employee (for more information about apprenticeships visit https://www.gov.uk/become-apprentice)

There is no upper age limit to enrol an apprentice onto this apprenticeship program, but all applicants must be 16 years or over.

No, the apprenticeship is a mixture of both off and on the job training. 80% of the apprenticeship is on the job training and 20% is off job/external block release training over the 12–15 month period.

The NCI® apprenticeship is levy funded to £9,000 or 95% co-funded. For employers who are levy payers it will come out of the Apprenticeship levy pot, for Non levy payers is costs 5% of the apprenticeship (£450)

There is also an additional charge charged by the college for some of the health and safety certificates which can’t be funded through the apprenticeship. This is about £500 and will be covered by the organisation.

No, but organisation and apprentices will need to be prepared for the apprentice to travel to the college for the training.

20% off job/external block release training and 80% on the job training.

On completion, apprentices will be eligible to apply for registration as a full member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals.

Successful completion of the NCI® Apprenticeship also awards:

  • Official Certification - Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) certification
  • BTEC Level 3 Award Certified Network Cable Installer (Copper)
  • BTEC Level 3 Award Certified Network Cable Installer (Optical Fibre)
  • NRSWA Guarding and Lighting/Operative - Unit 2
  • Eligibility for an ECS (Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Network Infrastructure Installer Gold Card
  • Eligibility for ECS Apprentice card while completing the apprenticeship
  • Fluke CCTT® Certification
  • Plus: Official Certification - Certified Integrated Infrastructure Technician (CIIT®) Official Certification OR Certified Outside Plant Technician (COPT®)

Yes, as part of the NCI® apprenticeship, learners will receive Health and Safety Training in the following:

  • Health, Safety & Welfare in Construction
  • L2 Confined Spaces
  • Working at Heights
  • PASMA Mobile Towers
  • Asbestos Awareness Training
  • NRSWA Guarding and Lighting Operative
  • First aid at work

Download the NCI® Apprenticeship brochure here for more information.

For employers who have a team of certified individuals, it will instantly deliver confidence and competitive advantage to the marketplace, in addition to helping to secure the organisation’s professional reputation as a leader in its field. There is also a benefit of the ROI associated with having a team of professionally trained and certified staff, as they work more competently, accurately and efficiently.

The NCI® Apprenticeship provides organisations with the confidence that their employees have a full and rounded knowledge in network infrastructure installation, improving competency and productivity. It ensures employees can carry out tasks in an accurate and timely manner and deliver installation projects to the highest quality standards.

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