Core Planning Manager
James T works for Vodafone as a Core Network Capacity Planning Manager. He answers questions like, "is our network big enough, effectively, so do we need to expand it?". He says, "I was toying with the idea about whether or not I should go to university or whether or not maybe take on an apprenticeship", he chose university and loved the experience.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionTelecommunications engineers install, maintain and repair public and private telephone systems and maintain, test and repair telecommunications cables.
QualificationsThere 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.