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There is no set route to becoming a telecoms technician, as there are a number of different ways. Perhaps the most common route is through training as an apprentice. Apprenticeships are offered by telecommunications or IT companies, and offer a simple and direct route into the profession with relevant training and skills provided. However, as with all apprenticeships, entry through this route is only possible if there are vacancies in the local area.
To find out more about telecommunications and IT apprenticeships, please visit Apprenticeships.
Without an apprenticeship, employers are likely to take on trainees with the following entry-level qualifications:
Further training is likely to be required later on in the career, as the industry is constantly evolving with new technologies being developed all the time.
Technicians who want to specialise in a particular area such as fibre optics, or mobile communications will need separate qualifications.
Please see the Fibre Optic Industry Association for more details. Technicians with Level 3 NVQs are also able to register with the Engineering Council as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in order to improve possibilities for career progression.