After her A levels Alison went on to university, she was the first in her family to go. After a few months she made the bold decision to leave university. She then started an apprenticeship at BT Openreach.
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Telecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.
There are no formal academic requirements, although entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Apprenticeships and traineeships combining work experience and practical training are available at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3.
- Installs internal cabling and wiring for telephone systems and fits and wires junction and distribution boxes
- Fixes connecting wires from underground and aerial lines to premises and connects cable terminals to inside wiring
- Installs telephones, switchboards and coin operated phone boxes
- Uses testing equipment to locate defective components of circuitry and makes any necessary repairs
- Tests installation and makes any further necessary adjustments
- Assists with the erection of wooden poles or steel towers to carry overhead lines
- Connects cables and tests for any defects
- Locates and repairs faults to lines and ancillary equipment
- Erects and maintains mobile telecommunications infrastructure.
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Where to go nextBT OpenreachDetailed information on the IT and Telecoms sectorThe Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology
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