British Army

Cyber Engineer - Networks Engineer Apprentice - Higher (Level 4)

British Army (Employer)

British Army (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,985.00 to £20,400.00
40.0 hours per week Depending on the training and operations of your regiment, you could be working 8 - 5 Monday - Friday. You could be working longer hours during training exercises or if deployed on operations. You will often finish early on a Friday. Shifts TBC.
24 months (duration)
2 April 2022(start date)
Network engineer (apprenticeship standard)
Digital (route)
30 March 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Become qualified in designing, building and managing secure information systems, whilst being a cyber warfare specialist at the heart of the information battle as a Cyber Engineer soldier in the British Army.


As a Cyber Engineer soldier, you will design, prepare, configure, deploy and maintain operational and tactical communication systems to ensure frontline troops and their Commanders can communicate on operations worldwide. You will be trained to engineer a range of systems including secure radios, satellite systems, computer networks and mobile communications as well as support a range of software applications and ICT.

Duties will include:

  • Design, engineer, maintain and repair a range of communications equipment for use on the Battlefield and on Operations
  • Install, service and repair telecommunications data cable networks, data centres, configure switches, routers, servers and LAN access equipment
  • Operate as a Royal Corps of Signals soldier conducting military tasks wherever UK Armed Forces are deployed
  • Learn to instruct and pass on your expert skills and knowledge

Future Prospects

Promotion to Lance Corporal may follow upon completion of your apprenticeship. As your career progresses, you’ll have the chance to work towards other qualifications in communications networks and management.

Skills Required

  • You must have a basic level of fitness and be able to work well in a group
  • For more information please view the information on the Army Jobs website

Qualities Required

  • We welcome people into the Army from all backgrounds. There is no ‘typical’ Soldier candidate! You don’t need any previous military experience, just an appetite to take on responsibility and be part of a team
  • Please view all the information on the role page on the Army Jobs website

Qualifications Required

  • GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) in maths
  • GCSEs at grades D/3 or above (or equivalent) in English

Training Provided

Higher (Level 4) Network Engineer Apprenticeship Standard, which includes:

  • You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (16 years 6 month to 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training at Pirbright or Winchester
  • You’ll start your Initial Trade Training at the home of the Royal Corps of Signals in Blandford, Dorset. The Foundation 1 course is designed to introduce basic signalling and communication skills whilst building on your existing military skills. You will be taught basic principles and skills which you will build on throughout your career; such as siting, operating and talking on military radios, radio logs, map marking, working at heights, health and safety, and of course security. This lays the groundwork for the next step in your journey*
  • Specialised Trade training Foundation 2 course, this builds on the Foundation 1 course and dives deeper into technical training in preparation for your specific trade course. Be prepared for a blend of building and configuring networks, managing system problems including a helpdesk, equipment care, understanding field generators, field cable and security (including cyber). Naturally, the military skills you built up in Foundation 1 are continually revised and refreshed during this course
  • Step 4 You’ll then undertake further specialist training specific to a Royal Corps of Signals Cyber Engineer (Networks Engineer) before moving to your first posting to start putting your technical training into practice, finishing your apprenticeship with your unit
  • If you have not got English GCSE level at 4/C or above, you will be given additional support and training to achieve Functional Skills level 2 in English

*Initially you will be selected as a ‘Cyber Engineer’. Upon starting your Initial Trade Training, you will apply to train in one of 3 specialisms: Network Engineer, Information Services Engineer or Infrastructure Engineer. Network Engineers and Information Services Engineers undertake the Level 4 Network Engineer Apprenticeship; Infrastructure Engineers undertake the Level 3 Network Cable Installer Apprenticeship.

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