CNet Training Launch ‘Apprenticeship in a Box’ to Encourage Careers and career Development in the Network Infrastructure Sector.

The network cable infrastructure sector is beset with significant skills shortages. 

One of the biggest challenges the Network Infrastructure sector faces over the coming years is a serious lack of knowledge and awareness of the sector as a career possibility which is leading to a shortage of skilled individuals that can manage and support the ever-increasing demand for data.  

There is also a need for a real and long-term commitment from senior business leaders in the sector to continually look to invest and create ideas on how to grow awareness and develop the industry as a whole.

The team here at CNet is passionate about the industry and committed to providing career pathways for people to get into the sector.

The majority of people currently working in the sector didn't choose a career in the data centre or network infrastructure sector, most people have fallen into their roles and have developed and learnt as they went.

We are looking to lead the way in providing information and knowledge of the sector early on in schools so that young people are aware of the wide array of opportunities the sector has to offer and turn it into an industry that people want to join and grow within.

The apprenticeship, as well as our entire technical education framework, provides a career path for people, informing them of the technical career opportunities that the data centre and network infrastructure sector can provide. 

However, as with any sector, there are many other opportunities too, such as accounts, marketing, sales and all the other usual business support roles, so the opportunities really are quite great.

'Apprenticeship in a box’

The team here at CNet Training has been working hard over the past few years to create an ‘apprenticeship in a box’ concept that we hope will motivate companies to grow their technical team.

We can now provide the industry with a structured and funded route that can help companies bring new recruits to the company as well as training existing team members.

The apprenticeship from CNet provides the business and learner with everything they need, ready for the apprentice to just get going and start learning straight away.

The Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) Apprenticeship has been long awaited and we’re all delighted that CNet Training will be the first company in England and Wales to offer a government funded apprenticeship for the Network Infrastructure sector.


This announcement is a massive step forward in the sector and we're excited to help inspire a generation into the sector, and one that might have never previously considered it as a career option following school education.

One of the key benefits of an apprenticeship is that it teaches best practices from day one, all learners are trained by experts in the industry and are educated and certified properly from the very start which therefore gives them a great starting point in their career, as well as looking highly desirable to companies in the future who can be sure that the candidate has had world-class training and is confident and competent in what the role requires of them.

The Network Infrastructure sector is often referred to as the ‘fourth utility’, it is the backbone to our everyday lives and vital in many critical situations; air traffic control, hospitals, traffic lights and railways.

With a huge increase in demand for smart building technology, including wireless access devices, CCTV cameras, door access controls and biometric security systems it is putting increasing pressure on the infrastructure, so now more than ever it’s absolutely paramount that companies have confident and competent staff to monitor and manage the installation, maintenance and design.

The CNCI® Apprenticeship is available across England and Wales, the program takes around 12-15 months to complete and the apprentice will benefit from on and off-the-job training and activities; shadowing, mentoring, training and specialist external education programs.

An Apprenticeship is hugely beneficial, not only does it teach highly technical industry skills, but the apprentice also gains a large variety of transferable skills that are valuable across any career going forward.

The career opportunities and future progression within this sector are vast, having the CNCI® certification and qualification opens a lot of doors and opportunities to venture into more specialist areas of technology.

Individuals may look to expand their knowledge and skills into wireless or more integrated technology or prefer to become a site manager, network infrastructure designer or enter the essential data centre sector as a technician.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Newsroom Activity

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel shared a video in channel. 4 hours 2 minutes ago

UNESCO Global Convention on Higher Education...

On 25 November 2019, UNESCO adopted the first United Nations Convention on Higher Education with a global scope. The new convention establishes...

FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 4 hours 2 minutes ago

RT @QuicklineUK: #TechSkills Students Should Have for the Workplace @FENews #Education #SkillsGap…
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page