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Cable Engineering Apprenticeship

Virgin Media
£19,000 (rising rapidly to £22,000 then £29,000-33,000)
Closing date
5 Sep 2022

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12-18 months
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Become the people on the ground installing our infrastructure for millions to enjoy super-fast services across the nation! You can have a genuine impact on our network success whilst you’re earning and working towards professional qualifications.

Our Cable Engineering Apprentices are the ones who plan and deliver our high-speed network across our customer base. Working in the CTO NSE division, you’ll be visiting technical sites to install racks, CAT 5, fibre cables and more. By the end of the programme, you’ll have all the skills, experience and knowledge needed to keep growing our network.


Build skills for the future 

As a Cable Engineering Apprentice, you won’t just be laying infrastructure for customers to use our network, you’ll gain exposure to splicing, mobile builds, fault resolutions, and more. Everything you do will mean that our customers can continue to enjoy our super-fast network with no problems. You could also be responsible for:

  • Reviewing project design documents to determine several requirements, such as infrastructure, connectivity, space, power and cooling
  • Working in data centres to install, manage and support the physical infrastructure
  • Reading detailed design documents and technical drawings to get your job done
  • Completing site surveys to understand the job that needs doing and how to do it


What we look for

You should have a passion for solving problems as you will face different situations every single day that have to be resolved quickly. The ability to prioritise and handle your responsibilities confidently with little guidance from management is ideal. You’ll need to be comfortable leading numerous projects and have strong influencing skills too. You may need to go wherever support is needed, so it’s important that you’re comfortable travelling and can be flexible when needed, sometimes including overnight stays. This isn’t a 9-5 job either, some days you may be required to work unsociable hours to resolve a problem without affecting our customers, other days you may need to travel outside of those hours.

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

A starting salary of £19,000 with the chance to progress through the team. During the scheme, you’ll study towards a Level 3 Network Cabler Apprenticeship. Not only are you going to build your knowledge, experience and skills, but you can also enjoy some amazing benefits, including:

  • 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 3 Network Cabler 
Duration: 15 months   
Start Date: November 2022  
Locations: Reading & Wythenshawe 
Requirements: Level 1 qualification in Maths and English. 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 £19,000, with an increase to £22,000 after 12 months, and a final salary of £29,000-£33,000 + 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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