How to become a telecoms engineer
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You could do a college qualification, for example:
- Level 2 Award in Communications Cabling
- Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles
- Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals
- T Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
- T Level in Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing and Control
Courses like these could help you to find a trainee position with a telecoms company.
You may need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You could start by doing a telecoms field operative intermediate apprenticeship.
You could also do an advanced apprenticeship for radio network technicians, or network cable installers.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
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