Since my post in August, where I had sent the last piece of evidence off for my NVQ portfolio, I have passed my NVQ. The last piece of evidence was enough to complete the criteria needed so I was pleased to complete it a month before the deadline.
Because I am on the Network and Infrastructure team until the end of my apprenticeship, the industry specific qualification I have chosen to study for is the Cisco Certified Network Associate qualification. This exam validates the ability to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium sized networks, including different sites as part of a Wide Area Network. This will help me get on the networking ladder. Getting hands on experience in the workplace has also helped me study for this exam as it allows me to understand the theory better. Also having a team around me who can help explain things in a different way has helped too, rather than reading from a book all the time.
I also attended an introduction to networking course on the 4th until the 7th February in London. This went through the basic concepts of networking and was very useful for me, again another alternative to reading from a book all the time and I am going back there on the 22nd February to attend a 6 day course which will go into more detail on networking to help me understand more and hands on troubleshooting a network, which will further help me pass the CCNA exam.