Accelerate your career in the telecoms sector

Paul Thomas-Weston
March 27, 2023

Telecommunications is a thriving industry and telecoms apprenticeships offer the perfect route into a skilled career. We’ve partnered with the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) to bring you a range of apprenticeship programme opportunities. Find out if a telecoms apprenticeship is for you.

Just as any apprenticeship programme is a great way to gain experience in the industry you’re interested in while also learning and gaining qualifications, a telecommunication apprenticeship presents the same opportunities. Telecoms apprentices get to work in the field alongside experienced professionals and working toward a nationally recognised qualification that will give them an advantage in the job market. After completing training, apprentices will have gained highly sought-after skills and knowledge in a rapidly growing sector.

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Choosing the right training partner is essential.

ESP upskills apprentices across the telecoms industry, and we have supported some of the leading telecoms companies, including BT and Openreach. You are in good hands, with 63% of apprentices who pass the Telecoms Field Operative apprenticeship receiving a distinction.

Our learners really appreciate the tips and support they receive from our coaches who have had first-hand experience of undertaking an apprenticeship and can provide ideas and tips across a range of areas, including managing workload and preparing them to successfully complete their end-point assessment (EPA).

 

Partnering with ITP to deliver you apprenticeship training.

As part of our aim to train and upskill a dedicated and qualified workforce, we are proud to be the Partner of Choice for the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) providing sector-specific as well as other kinds of leadership and management apprenticeship training for its members’ employees. ITP is a non-profit organization that assists its members in developing the best talent and inspiring the next generation, and regularly recruits for apprentices in this specialized digital industry all across the country.

Charlotte Goodwill, CEO of ITP says that “the decision to partner with ESP was an obvious and easy one”. She adds, “ESP has been a member of the ITP for many years, and its service offering boosts ITP’s product & service benefits, and in addition ESP has the expertise to deliver sector specific apprenticeships.”

 

5% discount for ITP members.

Our industry-focused courses have been developed to give telecommunication and network companies a professional qualification to build the foundations of their teams. And as part of our partnership with IPT, we offer a 5% discount on our commercial courses for all ITP members.

 

Choose your telecommunication apprenticeship programme.

If you think a career in telecommunications is for you, you can choose from three apprenticeship options with The Education and Skills Partnership:

  • Telecoms Field Operative: Level 2 apprenticeship programme.
    • The role of a Telecoms Field Operative (TFO) is to build, provide, or repair telecom services for commercial or residential customers on the UK’s National Telecom Access Network. They also work on copper and fibre connections for 4G and 5G services from the local telephone exchanges. These connections deliver telephone, internet, data and TV services to households and businesses. TFOs interact with a variety of customers and communication providers, and will find themselves working at height, in underground networks, at a residence or at a business. No two days will likely be the same as telecom service is required almost everywhere and it’s a Telecoms Field Operative’s job to be there on site.

  • Information Communications Technician: Level 3 apprenticeship programme.
    • An Information Communications Technician (ICT) provides both internal and external support through tools or systems to solve problems and trouble-shoot issues, resolving routine and complex matters. As an ICT you may wear many hats, all with the aim to support business critical requirements and focus on customer solutions. Day to day, an ICT will interact with both employees and customers, either digitally or in person. With more and more organisations relying on computers and communications in their operations, a skilled Information Communications Technician can be an invaluable asset to a company. 

  • Network Cable Installer: Level 3 apprenticeship programme.
    • A Network Cable Installer (NCI) installs, terminates, tests, and certifies network cable infrastructure elements according to national and international industry standards. They will also work to ensure good physical and cyber security across in a variety of settings — from installing cables within buildings and structures to external installation between buildings, cities, and even countries.

It’s an exciting opportunity and a telecommunication apprenticeship will enable you to combine on the job training with academic study to gain highly sought-after skills and experience and get paid to do so.

 

Why’s the telecommunication industry a good choice?

Telecommunication is a branch of technology that enables communication through cable, broadcasting, telephone, and telegraph. The telecom industry is thriving in this country, luckily going largely unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic in recent years, and rather than scaling back operations, many companies are investing billions of pounds into maintaining and building up the sector in order to connect as many homes and businesses as possible. In fact, many experts expect the industry to keep growing as more and more people are working from home and require secure and fast access to the internet to perform their duties, with an expected average 3.87% revenue growth over the next few years.

Over the last decade, total revenue in the telecommunications industry has surpassed £30 billion each year. Thanks to a national imperative to grant access to 5G to the majority of the population by 2027, 15 million more premises needing connectivity to full fibre by 2025, and a whopping 87% of IT and telecoms workers wanting to be upskilled, the demand for skilled and qualified talent is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be enough qualified workers to meet that demand. This means that there are many opportunities to be found within the sector and a telecoms apprenticeship is a great way to get your foot in the door.

How we can help

The Education Skills and Partnership team is passionate about learning and development. We work with employers and employees alike to design a programme that fits the needs of both parties. Our coaches and trainers are highly skilled and well-qualified in what they do.

What’s most important to us is that our learners feel cared for and listened to and that our courses help them fulfil their potential, progress in their profession, and meet their individual career development goals.

To discuss how we can support your apprenticeship journey, get in touch with our team for a free consultation.

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