IT Networking Apprentice


Employer description: 
Bowker IT is a well-established North-West based company with ambitious growth plans and is recruiting in order to support this.

Bowker IT are looking to hire a Level 4 IT Networking Apprentice. 
The successful candidate will enrol onto a Network Engineering Level 4 apprenticeship program while working full-time in a field based role deployed within schools. 

You’ll need proven problem-solving skills, excellent time management, and exceptional communication skills to manage client demands and expectations and have the ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously.

You will be working both onsite and in the office.

£25,000 – £27,000 per annum -- there is room for a higher salary, dependent on experience and performance.

You’ll be required to carry out the following duties: 

  • Strategic planning
  • Implementation 
  • Providing ongoing support for SME and the Education sectors infrastructure solutions

What we are looking for:
Skills and experience:

The ideal candidate will have previously worked within IT in either a school, company or managed service provider, have a technical background and will preferably have some exposure in some but not all of the following areas:

  • Good Windows, Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, GPO modelling
  • Good networking experience (LAN/WAN/VLANs Firewalls)
  • Experience supporting Microsoft Server and Desktop operating systems
  • Experience with PowerShell and other common scripting languages
  • Basic knowledge of Virtualisation technologies and practices (VMware, Hyper-V)

Having a car / being able to drive is a key requirement as driving will be key to the role.

Further experience of some of the following would be highly beneficial:
Microsoft Qualifications:

  • SAN technologies. HP Hardware
  • Ubiquiti Solutions WatchGuard or Draytek Hardware. Virtualisation Fortigate Solutions

The successful candidate will be required to have the following personal skills:

  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to changes quickly / the ability to work in a fast moving environment
  • Excellent time management recording and management

Entry requirements:

  • an A-Level in ICT
  • OR an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 ICT
  • OR an A-Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject
  • OR a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme.

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

For more information, please visit the UK ENIC website. 

Working hours: 
9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday,
40hrs a week.


  • You will receive excellent career development and training opportunities
  • Will be expected to gain Microsoft and VMware Certifications to further their career
  • 22 days holiday
  • Kitchen refreshments 
  • Onsite parking
  • There is a company pension

Future prospects: 
90% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship. 
Additionally, there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks. 

Important information: 
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