We believe that the best education and training for our apprentices is through an accredited agency such as Cable Com. Allowing our apprentices to spend a few weeks in a classroom then broadening their learning with on-site experience with monitoring from Cablecom throughout their training.
Not everything can be learnt in the classroom, supporting classroom learning with practical experience is a necessary and vital part of their training.
Learning different skills by working with different engineers who have years of experience to share with them whilst bringing their classroom knowledge to the engineer, allows them both to learn. Experienced and qualified Network engineers don’t just know about Copper, there is Coax, Fibre UTP, FTP, straight through, crossover, not to mention telephony and the list goes on.
The principles of communication are best taught in a classroom setting but the architecture and installation of a structured cabling system is best ratified in the field.
The qualifications available in our profession are BTEC and City & Guilds which have remained fit for purpose, as long as they are delivered along with the proper on site experience.
Sadly, unlike other professions, Network Infrastructure has never been formally controlled or regulated and there are a lot of training courses available at extremely high costs, giving people the false impression that they only need to train for a few days then go out and do the job.
In theory they would be correct if you are laying a cable on a building site where you don’t have to concern yourself with bend ratio, resistance or Ohms law. In practice it is a completely different story and demeans the hard work carried out for sixteen solid months by Network Cable Apprentices all over the UK.
Recently we had been notified of a new certification called CNCI, Certified Network Cable Installer, at first sight I was pleased to see that someone was taking our profession more seriously only to find it is another training company offering the same courses but with a new label.
Our 2014/15 apprentices have worked extremely hard and are hoping to complete their apprenticeships a little earlier than scheduled at which time we will be pleased to have a further two qualified engineers in our team.
They may not be on the Global Data Centre & Network Infrastructure Education Framework but they have the confidence and education to carry out their work to our very high standards and we are proud of all of them.
One day I would hope that the Government has taken some of the funding they pour into the training companies’ profits and change the industry to a licensed system, similar to other parts of the world.
A well installed network infrastructure is an investment that should only need replacing in the event of natural disaster, after all, a twenty year warranty is given for a reason!