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Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprentice (Network Engineer)

Digital Services

Location:  Stoke Campus
Salary:   £23,700 to £26,444 Per Annum - Fixed Term for 40 months
Release Date:  Friday 12 April 2024
Closing Date:   Friday 07 June 2024
Reference:  DS274-23

Staffordshire University is proud to be an award-winning institution that places students at the heart of everything we do. Digitally innovative, with strong industry links and a mission to provide the next generation of education opportunities. Staffordshire University is transforming people, places and society. A catalyst for change. 

This opportunity is within our Digital and Technical Service, which is responsible for the University’s use of digital systems and services that support teaching and learning across our campuses. As part of the network and infrastructure team, you will collaborate with a variety of teams gaining technical knowledge and experience with a wide number of Cisco enterprise networking technologies. On a day-to-day basis you will be undertaking 

  •  Provide first line technical and user support. 
  • Use network management systems software and appropriate analysis equipment to collect routine network load statistics, model performance, and create reports as required. 
  • Carry out routine configuration/installation/ reconfiguration and updates of hardware and software. Removal of hardware and / or software. 
  • Investigate, diagnose, and resolve network problems, escalating when required and documenting results.
  • Contribute to the development of installation and recovery procedures and standards. 

We are looking for curious and daring individuals with a passion for technology to join us within Network & Infrastructure team in the role of Network Engineer apprentice. You will earn whilst you learn, on our Digital and Technology Solutions Apprenticeship Degree, with release from your role to attend lectures and study weeks with approximately 80% of time working and 20% studying. 

To be successful in this role you will need an interest in computer networks, have excellent problem-solving skills and good attention to detail. Studying for a degree whilst in full time employment is hard work, you will need a positive professional attitude, good organisational skills, and a strong work ethic to achieve your goals. Qualifications requirements are a Level 2 English and Maths (GCSE grade C / 4)  or Functional Skills level 2 or Equivalent In addition your will have 104 UCAS Points from A-levels/BTEC or other qualifications or relevant experience in career. 

If you are interested in applying, please upload your CV along with a Personal Statement.

Contact For Informal Discussion

Liz Crump - Network & Infrastructure Manager

Who is Staffordshire University? 

Staffordshire University is an award winning, teaching-intensive and research-inspired university with a focus on work integrated learning, digital innovation and enterprise engagement. With over 100 years’ experience, we are a successful, confident and ambitious modern university, with a foundational purpose of providing higher and applied learning opportunities relevant to our region and beyond.

Spread across three main campuses in Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and London, our future-focused courses and next-level teaching ensure our students can unlock the potential the world needs now to support better futures.

This is a key reason why we are ranked 2nd in the UK for quality education (Sustainable Development Goal 4, THE Impact Rankings 2023) and why we’re in the top 10 of UK universities for career prospects (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2023).

As a university it is important that we are at the forefront of research, delivering impact across the globe and informing how and what we teach. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, 87% of our research impact is recognised as “outstanding” or “very considerable”, demonstrating how we continue to push further to create a better tomorrow for our local and global communities.

When you join Staffordshire University, you join a highly supportive, supportive, boundary-pushing culture where insight and innovation is celebrated, expertise is valued, and excellence is rewarded. We can’t wait to see the contribution that you make to the continued growth and success of the Institution.

Rewards and Benefits

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

    Competitive incremental rates of Pay
    32 days Annual Leave plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
    Excellent Pension Scheme
    Access to continued professional and personal development
    An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
    Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
    Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
    Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans

At Staffordshire University, we believe that every student and staff member needs to be carbon literate if we are to help tackle the climate emergency and achieve our One Planet Pledge of carbon neutrality by 2030, and we are proud of our Bronze Carbon Literacy Award status. As part of our ongoing commitment we particularly encourage applications from candidates who have already completed carbon literacy training, or are prepared to undertake this training as part of their ongoing professional development.

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Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.



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