CNet has announced the launch the first government apprenticeship within the network cable infrastructure sector across England and Wales.
The company says it has fully planned and prepared the content of the CNCI Apprenticeship which provides both the apprentice and employer with a full itinerary of activities to follow and implement. It introduces the concept of an ‘apprenticeship in a box’, designed to take care of the time-consuming planning often associated with apprenticeships and on-going professional development.
The CNCI apprenticeship has been put together as the result of a close collaboration between major companies from the network cabling sector. It recognises network cable installation as a role and provides industry approved certification which standardises technical education for network cable installers.
The apprenticeship is available to all across England and Wales, with the apprentice benefitting from on and off-the-job training and activities such as mentoring, shadowing, internal training and specialist external education programs.
Apprentices must pass a practical assessment and professional discussion to successfully complete the CNCI apprenticeship, which ensures that the learner is fully competent and ready to work independently within the industry.
On successful completion of the apprenticeship, learners will be able to confidently install, test and certify copper and fibre optic cable installation across a variety of environments, working to the correct standards and best practices. Learners will also be taught how to install with confidence and competency smart building technology including wireless access devices, CCTV cameras, door access controls and biometric security systems.
Andrew Stevens, CNet Training’s CEO, says, “The network cable infrastructure sector is beset with significant skills shortages. The Certified Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship has been long awaited and is a significant event within the sector. The CNet team has worked incredibly hard to get this off the ground and approved. It’s a massive step forward in the sector and I hope by offering this ‘Apprenticeship in a Box’ concept it will motivate companies looking for new junior recruits to train as everything is ready for the learners to just get going and start learning straight away. The Apprenticeship will inspire a generation and encourage them into the sector by offering a career opportunity following school education. A benefit of the Apprenticeship is that it will ensure that all learners are trained, educated and certified properly from day one and therefore gives them a great starting point to a great career in the sector.”