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Apprentice ICT Technician

Employer description: 


Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provides prevention, protection and response services across the county of Berkshire. 12 whole-time and six on-call fire stations cover 486 square miles, from Langley in the East to Lambourn in the West. It serves a diverse cultural population of 905,800, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 



The role of RBFRS within local communities is evolving. A wide range of services help keep communities safe, including safety and protection advice to residents and businesses, as well as enforcing fire safety legislation and reducing fire risk in the built environment. This is in addition to highly skilled crews providing a swift and effective response to incidents ranging from road, rail, aviation and waterway accidents, to fuel and chemical spills, collapsed buildings, large animal rescues and, of course, fires. 



Vacancy overview:  


With ongoing support and development, the postholder will provide first line telephone and technical support via Helpdesk. 



Main role and Responsibilities:


  • Logging incidents and service requests.
  • First line technical resolutions
  • Monitoring new incidents and requests via different solutions
  • Resolving more complex incidents and service requests
  • Completing administrative tasks (creating new accounts, file transfers)
  • Escalating issues and where appropriate investigate and diagnose.
  • Provide timely updates to service users on the status of outstanding calls.
  • Create and maintain high quality, clear documentation of processes, procedures, policies, configuration standards and support guides



Throughout the duration of the Apprenticeship the postholder will learn and develop in order to:


  • Undertake duties associated with the running of the ICT helpdesk, including ticket allocation and resolution, phone calls to the help desk and help desk walk in customers.
  • Assist other ICT team members with the daily support of IT and other communications equipment located across all RBFRS stations and vehicles.
  • Undertake IT and Communications equipment installation work, where the equipment may be office based or vehicle mounted.
  • Build and image PC’s before issuing to users & undertake asset management of issued equipment using Fire Watch.
  • Support processes involved in project work.
  • Shadow other technicians when they are on out of hour’s duty cover, to learn and to assist in emergency repair work to essential equipment.
  • Provide ICT technical support to fire crews at operational incidents under supervision. 



Desirable skills:


  • Knowledge of Microsoft software
  • Practical knowledge of installing software on computer systems
  • A good understanding of mobile phone technology
  • At experienced level / after training
  • Knowledge of Cat5/6 cable terminations & Installations
  • Practical knowledge of building computer systems (work station /laptop/servers) including imaging software



Personal qualities:


  • Good verbal communication , giving clearly understood instructions to fault find and resolve technical issues
  • Able to manage own work load and set priorities
  • Able to manage personal time keeping
  • Use Microsoft packages: Outlook, Word, Excel and other Microsoft packages.
  • Good interpersonal skills – patient and supportive to users.
  • Able to show a logical process to fault finding



Other requirements: 


  • Hold a current full UK driving licence or working towards it.
  • Prepared to work occasional evening or weekends. 


Desired qualifications: 


6 x GCSE (or equivalent) at grades A-C including Maths plus GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade D or above. 



Working week: 


Monday to Friday, 


9am to 5pm. 


37hrs per week. 



Future prospects: 


This role will allow the apprentice to potentially progress in to a permanent position after completion. 



Important Information: 


QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. 


To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.


Apprentice ICT Technician

Calcot, Reading, UK
Apprenticeships, Advanced Apprenticeship

Published on 29 May 2020