Charles

Communications Engineer

Charles always loved technology - growing up he enjoyed helping friends and family who had problems with their latest gadgets. When his first apprenticeship didn’t work out, he looked for a new path that would lead to a career where he could pursue his passion for technology. This landed him his current job as a Communications Engineer. 

On leaving school, Charles began an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Welding with a local firm, but the company shut down before he was able to complete. He went back to college to undertake some short qualifications in IT Networking, and that’s where he heard about Maintel’s Advanced Apprenticeship in Telecommunications. He’s not looked back since. 

“It’s really interesting. Before you start doing this, you assume telephones just work. Nowadays, I can’t get over the sheer size of the infrastructure that goes into a basic phone call”. 

He’s progressed and moved up the ranks during his time at Maintel, and now as a qualified Communications Engineer, he is most likely to be found using his specialist knowledge to diagnose technological issues and coming up with creative solutions to address them. He gets a lot out of working with a team who are focused on solving problems for customers. 

“I enjoy the technicalities. The deeper you dig, the more you discover.” 

Charles's career pathway

  • 2011 Began an intermediate apprenticeship in Welding
  • 2012 Undertook short qualifications in IT and Networking at college
  • 2013 Began an Advanced Apprenticeship in Telecommunications at Maintel
  • 2015 Completed his apprenticeship and was promoted to Communications Engineer at Maintel

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What it takes to be a Communications Engineer

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Average salary

Average salary for this job in the UK £34,320
Average salary for a job in the UK* £26,260

Employment statuses

  • Full Time Employed: 91,970
  • Part Time Employed: 16,017
  • Self Employed: 8,387
  • TOTAL EMPLOYED: 116,374

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