Apprentice IT Support Technician

QA Ltd
SK11 0LP, Macclesfield
£12,000 - £14,000 per annum.
21 May 2021
21 Jun 2021
Role Type
Start Date
12-18 months

Employer description:

We are a security-focused Managed Services Provider and ISP, delivering network communications and IT services to businesses across the UK. We are fundamentally a customer and service-focused organisation, dedicated to ensuring our customers’ networks and IT systems are highly dependable, secure, & cost effective.


We offer our customers complete IT solutions ranging from setting up printers and supporting windows to building corporate networks.

There are two main foundations to the role.

Working on the IT Service Desk to support the 1st line team with ticket categorisation, prioritisation and answering the phone to log issues and request along with actioning service requests.

In addition to this, you will be part of a team that heads broadband troubleshooting across multiple carriers. This is a proactive role in which you will be required to use our monitoring platform to identify issues, working with the customer and carriers to resolve.

You would be working with a multitude of technologies, including but not limited to Microsoft Windows, Cisco routers and switches, FortiGate firewalls as well as a selection of in-house bespoke systems, for which you will receive on the job training. 

You will be working within an ITIL framework, to deliver a fantastic service to customers, meet internal and external SLA’s set out by our contracts, follow escalation paths, working with a selection of third parties and supporting other areas of the business.

Opportunities are given for clear career progression, the successful candidate will have access to courses allowing a multitude of certifications to be achieved from vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco and Fortinet.

The ideal candidate will have a thirst for IT knowledge, have good ideas to contribute towards the company evolutions and have a strong drive to progress within the organisation.

Main responsibilities:

  • Politely and professionally answering in bound calls to the service desk.
  • Logging tickets to the clearly defined internal standard
  • Categorising issues by severity
  • Working through your own ticket queue, and organising work based on SLA
  • Following internal processes and procedures to deliver the service we promise
  • Contribute towards in-house documentation
  • Proactively troubleshoot broadband and leased line issues utilising our monitoring system
  • Ensuring that customer satisfaction is always upheld
  • Following escalation paths

Desirable skills:


Where we do not ask for or expect a vast knowledge of IT due to the nature of the position, there are a few prerequisites that we require you to satisfy in order to be considered:

  • A basic understanding of using and troubleshooting Microsoft Windows – e.g. Installing software, setting up user accounts, connecting the device to a network., resolving common issues, setting up outlook profiles etc.
  • A basic understanding of how the internet works and manipulating network settings from within windows e.g. Knowing what is required to connect to the internet, settings static IP addresses
  • Experience in resolving IT based issues be it issues with your home internet, personal laptop or installing printers for friends and family
  • Hardware knowledge – you should be able to identify all internal components of a computer or laptops and should be comfortable replacing parts.
  • It is imperative that you are comfortable using the Microsoft office suite consisting of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • An understanding of why security is so important in this sector and some ideas on how to implement it.


The successful candidate will:

  • Be able to work in a high-pressure environment
  • Be able to stay calm when faced with difficult phone calls
  • Be able to work as part of a team as well as alone on tickets and projects
  • Have fantastic communication skills, written and verbal
  • Be able to complete routine and non-routine tasks.
  • Be able to plan and organize both familiar and new tasks.
  • Be logical, pro-active and have an analytical approach to their work.
  • Have a strong attention to detail. 

Desirable qualifications:

3 GCSEs A-C/9-4 Grades plus Maths and English grade D/3 or equivalent. 

Working week: 

37.5 hours per week - Monday - Friday, between 8:00 - 6:00.


There is also a quarterly bonus based on company profits.

Future prospects:

92% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship. Additionally, there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programmes offer on-going development tracks.

Important Information:

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.

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