Digital Network & Security Technician

Caudwell Campus or Kettering Campus


  • 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays)
  • Peoples Pension
  • Retail and leisure discounts

About the role:

We are looking for a Digital Network & Security Technician to join our IT Department. As a technician within the Network & Security team, the main purpose of the role is to support delivery of stable, reliable and secure network services across the Bedford College Group, as well as supporting the wider IT team by resolving IT issues and supporting the administrative and communications activities of the service. You will play a pivotal role in the success of the College through:

  • Contributing to the delivery of an efficient and effective IT services by configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting IT Network equipment and services at all college group sites.
  • Monitoring and administering IT in all locations supported by Bedford College Group IT Services and ensure that systems and resources are maintained in a good state of repair and records for these resources are accurate.
  • Contributing to the implementation of current network development projects.
  • Contributing to securing the network against cybersecurity threats following industry best practices

About you:

  • Level 2 qualification in computing or equivalent work experience.
  • Willingness to achieve Literacy and Numeracy Level 2 or equivalent
  • Familiarity with Switch OS (e.g Cisco, Aruba or Extreme)
  • Understanding of network principles e.g. routing, switching, VLANs
  • Understanding of up-to-date network security best practices
  • Familiarity with Windows operating systems
  • Ability to communicate with and support the IT needs of non-IT specialist clients and customers
  • Ability to work effectively with a minimum of supervision and on own initiative
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings/weekends as required

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About The Bedford College Group
The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students
The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

For further information please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.