Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) inInformation Communications Technician

The broad purpose of the ICT occupation is to deliver efficient operation and control of the IT and/or Telecommunications infrastructure (comprising physical or virtual hardware, software, network services and data storage) either on-premises or to end-users provisioned as cloud services that is required to deliver and support the information systems needs of an organisation.

The occupation includes contributing to the preparation for new or changed services, operation of the change process, the maintenance of regulatory, legal and professional standards, the building and management of systems and components in virtualised and cloud computing environments and the monitoring of performance of systems and services in relation to their contribution to business performance, their security and their sustainability.

The Information Communications Technician makes their contribution through the application of infrastructure management tools to automate the provisioning, testing, deployment and monitoring of infrastructure components.

An Information Communications Technician (ICT) provides support to internal and/or external customers, by using tools or systems to problem solve and trouble-shoot routine and non-routine problems. This occupation supports clients/customers with their systems. They achieve this through monitoring and maintaining the systems and/or platforms to maximise productivity and user experience.

An ICT could be installing and configuring computer systems, diagnosing hardware and/or software faults, solving technical and applications problems, either remotely or in person. Some examples of these issues are slow performance, connection problems, and an inability to access data.

The work of an ICT involves undertaking a vast array of specialist roles supporting business critical requirements and focus on customer solutions. Networking, Server, IT Essentials, Secure Communications, programming, and databases are just an example of typical tasks and projects undertaken within the likely areas of employment.

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    Ofsted - Outstanding Provider

Course Content

Current Delivery Involves:

  • One day per week (Term time only) at Loughborough College
  • A progress review every 12 weeks with dedicated trainer assessor and line manager / workplace mentor
  • Observations and professional discussions with dedicated trainer assessor in the workplace

Off the Job Training Provided

On-programme is the learning phase for Apprentices to apply the academic theory to their own organisations and role, and to capture the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed on the programme and in the workplace. To achieve this, Apprentices need to complete off the job training during the on-programm phase of their Apprenticeship, this can be tracked and monitored through our e-portfolio

Course Content

Knowledge

K1: Approaches to back up and storage solutions

K2: Basic elements of technical documentation and its interpretation

K3: Principles of root cause problem solving using fault diagnostics for troubleshooting

K4: Principles of basic network addressing for example binary

K5: basic awareness of the principles of cloud and cloud-based services

K6: fundamental principles of virtual networks and components

K7: principles of cultural awareness and how diversity impacts on delivery of support tasks.

K8: methods of communication including level of technical terminology to use to technical and non-technical stakeholders

K9: different types of maintenance and preventative measures to reduce the incidence of faults

K10: key principles of security including the role of People, Product and Process in secure systems for example access and encryption requirements

K11: fundamentals of physical networks and components

K12: approaches to documenting tasks, findings, actions taken and outcome for example, use of task tracking and ticketing systems

K13: basic awareness of legislation in relation to disposal of waste materials for example Waste Electronic and Electrical regulations (WEEE)

K14: fundamental principles of operating systems, hardware system architectures and devices

K15: principles of remote operation of devices including how to deploy and securely integrate mobile devices into a network

K16: fundamental principles of peripherals for example: printers and scanners

K17: principles of virtualisation of servers, applications and networks

K18: principles of disaster recovery, how a disaster recovery plan works and their role within it

K19: principles of Test Plans, their role and significance

K20: fundamentals of purpose, creation and maintenance of asset registers

K21: approaches to system upgrades and updates and their significance

K22: approaches to interpretation of log files, event viewer and system tools

K23: basic elements of network infrastructure architectures including WiFi and wired networks

K24: Principles of OSI layers

K25: Principles of cloud and network architecture (including Wi-Fi)

K26: Principles of DNS / DHCP

K27: Awareness of Cloud platforms, such as AWS, Azure, or GCP

K28: Principles of LANs and WANs

K29: Approaches to virtualisation of servers, applications, and networks

K30: Principles of network protocols

K31: Principles of API's and Web Services

K32: The different types of cloud storage

K33: Back up procedures and their importance

K34: Principles of databases and migration

K35: Key principles of Cloud Security and firewalls

K36: Awareness of DevOps methodology and tools, such as Puppet, Chef, Git, Docker

K37: Basic elements of network communication architectures for example, hardware, software, protocols and connection mediums.

K38: awareness of the purpose of firewalls

K39: different types of connectivity and cabling for example physical and remote

K40: awareness of network protocols

K41: The purpose of digital communications technologies for example, hardware, virtual and cellular technologies

K42: Main factors affecting network performance including faults and error control

K43: Principles of digital test and diagnostic equipment usage

K44: Basic principles of VPN and Remote Access Security for example transmission technologies

Skills

S1: Interpret and prioritise internal or external customer's requirements in line with organisation's policy

S2: Apply the appropriate tools and techniques to undertake fault finding and rectification

S3: apply Continuous Professional Development to support necessary business output and technical developments

S4: Operate safely and securely across platforms and responsibilities maintaining the security of personal data of internal and external stakeholders

S5: Communicate with all levels of stakeholders, keeping them informed of progress and managing escalation where appropriate

S6: Develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, customers and other relevant stakeholders

S7: Manage and prioritise the allocated workload effectively making best use of time and resources

S8: Complete documentation relevant to the task and escalate where appropriate

S9: Install or undertake basic software upgrades,either physically or remotely

S10: Establish and diagnose the extent of the IT support task, in line with the organisation's policies and Service Level Agreements

S11: Provide remote/F2F support to resolve customer requirements

S12: Maintain a safe working environment for own personal safety and others in line with Health & Safety appropriate to the task

S13: Identify and scope the best solution informed by the system data associated with the task

S14: Test and evaluate the system's performance and compliance with customer requirements.

S15: Escalate non routine problems in line with procedures

S16: Use basic scripting to execute the relevant tasks for example PowerShell, Linux

S17: Carry out routine maintenance across systems, (such as IT, Communications), ensuring organisational compliance at all times

S18: Apply the necessary security, in line with access and/or encryption requirements

S19: Use a range of Cabling or Connectors equipment in line with technical requirements for example physically or remotely

S20: Test and evaluate network environments

S21: Monitor performance and usage of a network

S22: Deploy applications on a network

S23: Set up storage and data access for staff

S24: Apply necessary security measures, in line with access requirements to a network

S25: Carry out routine maintenance across network systems, ensuring organisational compliance

S26: Monitor network-related workloads including DNS and firewalls

S27: Install or undertake basic upgrades, either physically or remotely

S28: Establish digital communication or telecommunications systems through, for example cabling and connecting equipment.

S29: Identify a range of tools and or diagnostic equipment, for example, Hardware or Software components, to resolve Communications or Telecommunications requirements.

S30: Undertake basic telecommunications activities, in response to an allocated task, designated responsibilities, instructions or customer’s requirements.

S31: Use information necessary to identify operational issues and rectify or escalate accordingly in line with policy

Behaviours

B1: Works professionally, taking initiative as appropriate and acting with an ethical approach

B2: Communicates technical and non-technical information in a variety of situations to support effective working with internal or external stakeholders

B3: Demonstrates a productive and organised approach to their work

B4: Self-motivated, for example takes responsibility to complete the job.

Where youcan work

Typical examples of occupational roles include:

1st & 2nd line support telecoms technician; cloud technician; Communications technician; Cyber/Security support; Help desk support; Network support; Office IT Technician; IT support analyst

Key Information

Starts

  • The apprenticeship programme will start in September.

Enrolment

  • The enrolment process will be completed prior to the start date of the apprenticeship.

Delivery

  • The apprenticeship will delivered at Loughborough College for one day per week (Term time only)

Entry Requirements & Functional Skills

  • Five GCSE’s at Grade C/4 (or above) including Level 2 or GCSE C/4 or above in English, Maths and Science.
  • If an Apprentice has not already achieved Level 2 (GCSE C/4 or above) English & Maths they must: -Study for and achieve Functional Skills Level 2 English & Maths.
  • Initial Assessment on enrolment Level 2 Maths & English

Qualification(s) Obtained

Level 3 Information Communications Technician Apprenticeship Standard

Awarding Organisation

BCS

Progression Opportunities

Full-time employment

Level 4 Apprenticeship standard

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