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Penetration Testing Administrator Apprentice

  • Employer QA Apprenticeships
  • Sector Cyber security professionals
  • Apprenticeship Level Higher Level 4
  • Location Leeds
  • Date Posted 04/08/2022
  • Closing Date 01/09/2022
  • Employment Type Full Time
  • Hours 37.50 p/w
  • Hourly rate £9.62


Employer description: 

Claranet combine pioneering technologies, practices, and expertise to propel our customers ambitions. Through a vibrant customer centric culture of collaboration, learning, and opportunity, we nurture a dynamic community of the best technology and service expertise spanning cloud, cybersecurity, networks, and unified communications. 

Founded in 1996, Claranet has evolved into a multi-disciplinary technology services provider with global reach. The company has annualised revenues of circa £350 million, over 6,500 customers, and more than 2,000 employees in nine countries. In the UK we have over 500 staff working in London, Gloucester, Warrington, Bristol, and Leeds, or as homeworkers.  


Claranet Cyber Security is a world class business unit within Claranet, designed to give customers access to market-leading information security services spanning; penetration testing, managed services, compliance and risk consulting and training. 

Within the Consultancy and Managed Services Practices, there are a number of varied technical roles. Each department is managed by a Practice Lead and is divided into technical teams managed by Team Leaders. 

The Security Business Unit has a sales team able to sell products and services from across the portfolio. 

The Penetration Test Team deliver around 5000 days of security testing per year – a figure that is growing steadily.

Key responsibilities:

  • To support the delivery of security testing services

  • Claranet requires a Penetration Testing Administrator to work within the Consultancy Practice to support customers in deploying and configuring virtual environments used for remote testing

  • Setting up and deploying automated vulnerability scanning and assisting with the secure provision of reports to customers

Working within the Operations function, the Penetration Testing Administrator will play a key role in supporting security testing activities.

There will be scope for development of this role through the acquisition of pre-sales scoping capabilities through shadowing and mentoring.

Essential duties:

  • Responsible for the successful deployment of VMs in preparation for remote security testing

  • Assisting customers with deployment of remote testing solutions and validating access to target environment

  • Working with the Penetration Testing Team Leaders to help improve and maintain remote testing systems

  • Coordinating the distribution, return and updates of physical hardware (NUCs) used for remote testing

  • Configuring and deploying automated vulnerability scanning

  • Assisting with the secure provision of reports to customers

  • Providing day-to-day assistance to technical staff

  • Participating in projects to improve the delivery of security testing services

  • Helping to resolve issues affecting delivery of services

  • Working with solutions architects to develop pre-sales scoping capability

  • Assisting with portal tasks in the Cyber Essentials delivery process

  • Maximising effectiveness of the apprenticeship training by applying learning outcomes to the working environment

  • Seeking support and assistance for apprenticeship learning from appropriate Claranet staff

  • Managing on-the-job workloads in combination with apprenticeship learning requirements

  • Working effectively with PMO and technical staff to ensure that on-the-job work is covered during periods reserved for apprenticeship learning.

What we are looking for:

Position specifications:

  • Ability to quickly learn and understand new skills and technologies specific to the Cyber Security industry

  • Ability to prioritise multiple tasks, whilst working to tight deadlines

  • Organised and methodical approach to service delivery and project management

  • Innovative, logical and collaborative approach to problem-solving

  • Ability to recognise potentially serious issues quickly and drive to resolution

  • Self-motivated – personal drive and enthusiasm to continually improve, learn and readily embrace change

  • Confident, precise and detailed communication with stakeholders internally and externally

Entry requirements:

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • An A-Level in ICT

  • OR an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT

  • OR a Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject

  • OR a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme. 

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

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£20,000 per annum. 

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Future prospects:

92% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship. Additionally, there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks. 

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.

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