NC-Expert Apprenticeship Programs Information

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NC-Expert Apprenticeship Programs Information

Overview – How the Programs Work 

Our programs are, in essence, very simple and are three-pronged:

[1] You

You currently have a job or we help get you settled into a job. You attend technical training classes (with us). You put the things you learn in class into practice while you are doing your job. You sit certification exams and pass. As you progress through your program and earn certifications, you will get pre-agreed, incremental wage increases from your employer.

Since this is an “Apprenticeship” program, please understand that you will not start off at the standard salary for the position you may obtain. To start with, you will probably be paid a percentage of the standard salary (generally 40%) and, as you earn certifications, you are guaranteed to receive set salary increases. By the end of year 2 (depending on certification success) it is anticipated that you will be earning the standard salary for that position, hence the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program catchphrase “the more you learn, the more you earn.”

As you progress through your selected program, you will attend further classes, put your new knowledge into practice, then sit/pass more exams, thus earning additional industry certifications and making yourself more valuable to your employer.

By the end of your program, you will have gained experience and will possess industry certifications to prove your skill-set.

By the time of your graduation from your program, we expect that your employer/sponsor will find you so valuable that they will agree to retain you, permanently, in your position.

[2] Employer

The employer agrees to take you on as an “Apprentice”. This can be in a temporary role, or a permanent one (this depends entirely on the employer’s discretion).

The employer employs you as an “Apprentice” – meaning that you do not yet possess the expected skill-set and/or experience for the position.

Your employer will mentor you and will work with NC-Expert to help provide you with requisite experiences to broaden your knowledge and strengthen your skill base. Your employer will also agree, from the outset, to release you from work to attend your required training classes.

As you earn certifications, your employer will provide wage increases at a pre-agreed amount. This will continue as you progress through your program up until graduation.

At the end of your program, your employer may offer you a permanent position with their company.

[3] NC-Expert

NC-Expert will work with you and help you secure a job. Please note, NC-Expert is not an employment agency.

However, we will work with you and assist in your job search and can explain your selected program, and its benefits, to your prospective employer. We will help craft your resume. We will provide you with training in interview techniques. We will work behind the scenes to help you find a suitable job.

Once you are set up with an employer, we will begin the technical training portion of your selected program. NC-Expert is a world-class provider of training programs and classes. We will provide technical and soft-skills training and will be available to act as mentors and guides as you progress through your program.

We will offer you training and support – but, for your part, you will be expected to work hard and study hard.

Program: Information Technology Infrastructure Engineer, and Network Engineer

aka “Option-Select”

In these two programs, which are almost identical, all candidates will undertake the same Foundation year (year 1) training and will sit the same exams during their first year.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation year, candidates will be invited to select their option for their Specialization year (year 2).

 

If the apprentice decides to exit either of these programs at the end of year 1, they will have gained a good foundation in technology and would be able to secure employment using the skills and certifications gained during year 1 training.

The Specialization year focuses on the specific technology selected and provides more advanced certification training in those technologies.

Graduation from the program is achieved following successful completion of the Specialization year.

Example industry certifications to be gained during year 1:

  • Cisco-Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
  • CWNP Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)
  • Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Cisco CCNA Wireless
  • CompTIA Security Plus (S+)*
  • EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)
  • Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops
  • Cisco CCNA Cloud

Note: Courses listed are not in specific order and additional technical and/or soft-skills courses may be provided. Multiple classes and/or examination passes may be required to earn one certification (i.e., Cisco CCNP level certifications).

*Not included in the Network Engineer Program

Program: Cyber Security Support Technician Program**

In this program, all apprentices will undertake the same Associate level (year 1) training and will sit the same exams. This enables cohorts to be created, in which apprentices can form study groups and a support network for each other. It is expected that the apprentices will proceed, together, through the Associate and Professional level (year 2) training and examinations.

 

 

If the apprentice decides to exit the program at the end of year 1, they will have gained a good foundation in technology and would be able to secure employment using the skills and certifications gained during year 1 training.

Upon successful completion of the Professional level (year 2), apprentices can choose to either graduate from the program or can elect to rema

in in the program for the Master level (year 3) in which the bar will again be raised for the training and certification exams.

The Master level is aimed at apprentices (who will now have achieved full employment) who are looking to achieve a VP, Director, or C-level career.

Example industry certifications to be gained during year 1:

  • CompTIA Administrator Plus (A+)
  • CompTIA Network Plus (N+)
  • Cisco-Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
  • CWNP Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS)
  • CWNP Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)
  • EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)
  • Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching

Note: Courses listed are not in specific order and additional technical and/or soft-skills courses may be provided.

**Cyber Security Support Technician program is currently within Department of Labor approval process.

Important Note for all Programs: NC-Expert reserves the right to amend programs and substitute courses/certifications where necessary in order to make sure the Apprentice has the most relevant and/or employer-desired portfolio possible, by the time of graduation.

Robert Wilson, Military Network 

Registered I.T. Apprenticeship Consultant

Robert@Mil-Net.us  Phone: 859.428.8163

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