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Network Engineer Apprentice

Virgin Media
Derby, Dudley & Edinburgh
£23,000 (rising rapidly to £26,000 then £30,000)
Closing date
18 Jul 2022

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Do you want to be a part of keeping our network up and running? Would you like to study, learn and work towards a professional qualification? Join us on our Network Engineer Apprentice Scheme and you can do both! 


Network Engineers are the experts that go out in our Virgin Media vans and look after our broadband network. They install and repair our services in business customer sites as well as look after the process from the street side cabinets all the way back to our technical sites. This team plays a crucial part in installing and supporting the delivery of business and consumer products and networks, and they’re looking for new apprentices to join them, up and down the country. 


Build skills for the future 


Working in the Field Engineering & Operations division, you’ll be working on street cabinets and in network sites, fixing and installing our services to ensure smooth delivery to our business and residential customers. One of your main responsibilities will be to challenge and influence partners and build agencies while working closely with performance teams to improve the quality of our network. Other responsibilities you could take on include: 


Undertaking electrical safety and regulatory maintenance 


Driving a strong performance culture with clear objectives that align to the broader business strategy 


Ensuring customers and partners are updated on engineering activity that is going on, with plenty of time 


Installing and maintaining the latest Business data networking and residential broadband technologies 




What we look for 


This team is responsible for keeping our network going, so they’ll often be found working in poor weather conditions or even at heights – you should be comfortable doing this too. They also need to go wherever support is needed, so it’s important that you’re comfortable travelling in the region. Other qualities that would help you be successful in this role include: 


Problem solving 


Passion to develop and learn 


Independent working 


Team working 




We’re 100% committed to having a workforce that represents every part of our society, so we’re keen to hear from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances. The only barrier to applying would be if you didn’t have the right to work in the UK and were unable to obtain it without our support.  




What’s in it for you 


You’ll get an amazing starting salary of £23,000, invaluable experience and a new set of skills while on this apprenticeship. Throughout, there will be great opportunities to develop your career and salary, including working towards a Level 4 Network Engineer qualification. As you’ll be travelling regularly, we’ll also provide a company van so you can get around. You can also enjoy our amazing benefits, such as: 


25 days holiday 


Your birthday off every year 


Employee discounts on mobile, broadband and TV services 


...and loads more! 




What is involved with studying for an apprenticeship?  


Your apprenticeship is made up of learning on the job, but also gaining the academic skills to put into practice in your day-to-day job.  As a result, you'll complete the apprenticeship as part of a structured learning programme alongside working in the role. The learning programme is made up of a suite of modules and milestones and you’ll be required to evidence your work against these modules via tasks and assignments. For some apprenticeships, you may also undertake additional technical qualifications, which include studying for, and taking an exam. Once you have completed your modules and milestones, you’ll then move to your End Point Assessment (EPA) which is typically made up of an interview and a project. Once you pass this stage, you will receive your apprenticeship qualification with us.  




Virgin Media and O2 have joined forces     


Virgin Media and O2 joined forces combining the UK’s largest and most reliable mobile network with a broadband network offering the fastest widely available broadband speeds. We’re the corporate brand of a 50:50 joint venture between Liberty Global and Telefónica SA and are now one of the UK’s largest businesses.     




We have exciting times ahead, and it’s a brilliant time to join us. 




Apprenticeship: Level 4 Network Engineer 
Duration: Up to 24 months 
Start Date: September or November 2022 depending on location 
Locations: Ashford, Basildon, Birmingham, Brentford, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cosham, Croydon, Derby, Dudley, Edinburgh, Enfield, Gillingham, Glasgow, Guildford, Hemel Hempstead, Hersham, Islington, Leeds, Leicester, Lewisham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading, Sheffield, Teesside and Wolverhampton 
Requirements: 5 GCSES Level 9-4 including Maths and English, or a Level 2 Apprenticeship or equivalent. Full UK driving licence with no more than 8 points (3 points if you’ve had your licence for two years or less) 
Salary: Starting salary of £23,000, with an increase to £26,000 after 12 months. Final salaries can be from £30,000 + additional £2,500 London Weighting Allowance for eligible locations + amazing benefits.



Our business might have first burst into life in 2007, but our history is the history of phone, TV and internet in the UK. Why? Simple. Because we’re its future. Our culture is led by ideas and pioneers, challenge and creativity, and diversity and opportunity – it’s about always looking forward and the truth is we’re just getting warmed up.

Our network may be the biggest in the UK and Europe, unrivalled for its power and speed. But we’re not resting. We’re investing. In the network and our people. We plan to invest an additional £40 million over the next three years to refurbish key sites and acquire new alternative sites for our people.

Right now, our combination of voice, broadband and video products, combined with TiVo, sets the standard in homes across the nation. The future is all about going beyond the home, and beyond the norm. We’re going to explode the possibilities – giving people the communication, entertainment and connectivity they want, whenever and wherever they want it.

Virgin Media is building connections that really matter.  If it matter to our clients, then it really matters to us.

We’ve got a very different way of looking at the world, and it shows in what we're like as a place to work. It’s not a nine-to-five, clock in and tune out sort of place. And there’s no corporate mask to put on at the door – you can just be yourself. So, you'll be joining a bunch of people who are naturally adventurous, inventive and never stop questioning to make sure we aren’t missing a trick. 

As part of our varied apprenticeship schemes, we’re committed to helping talented people move onwards and upwards through our business. All of our schemes are designed to give you the knowledge, skills, experience and exposure you need to progress and develop a rewarding Virgin Media career.

When you’re part of the Virgin Media family you can trust us to do the right thing by you. So we go all-out to be a great place to work – and we offer some pretty impressive benefits too. Join us, and in return, you’ll get brilliant training and loads of mentoring to help you blaze a trail through our business. We promise you’ll have more than a little fun along the way!

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