Apprenticeships with Royal Air Force
The Royal Air Force Apprenticeship programme has a wide range of roles across the UK. There are currently more than 20 different Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles, from drivers and chefs, to weapons techs and RAF Medic. The Royal Air Force Apprenticeship programme also includes roles in the RAF Police, or as a Photographer.
The Royal Air Force has more than 50 RAF bases in the UK, from RAF Portreath in Cornwall all the way to RAF Tain near Inverness. There are also RAF bases at RRH Saxa Vord on Shetland, RAF Valley on Anglesey, and RRH Benbecula on North Uist. Many RAF personnel are also posted abroad, to bases in the USA, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Ascension Island, or the Falkland Islands.
You can join the Royal Air Force Apprenticeship programme either as a Full-Time Regular, or Spare-Time Reserve. As a Regular, you will usually work a normal 5-day week, even if the job is not always 9-t0-5. You will also have plenty of options when choosing where to live, either in barracks on base, or in subsidised rented housing nearby. Most RAF bases have great sports facilities on-site, as well as subsidised catering options and social clubs. In contrast, as an RAF Reserve, you will stay in your current job and only attend RAF training once a year for a 15-day training block on a nearby RAF base.
Royal Air Force Apprenticeship
On a Royal Air Force Apprenticeship, you will work towards a civilian-recognised professional qualification. You will also be guaranteed a job in your chosen field once you have completed the training programme. You will receive the very best training, as well as a salary during your apprenticeship. In addition, you will get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF.
Salaries on the Royal Air Force Apprenticeship programme start around £15,000, depending on the role. Most Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles take between 1 to 3 years to complete. Depending on the specific role, you will achieve a qualification which is the same as either 5 GCSEs or 2 A Levels. The most advanced programmes work towards a degree level qualification, or even a Master’s degree.
In addition to the Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles below, there are also similar roles with the Army and Royal Navy:
Roles Available with Royal Air Force
There are 23 Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles, either as a Full-Time Regular or Part-Time Reserve:
- Cyberspace Communication
- Personnel Support
- RAF Regiment Gunner
- Weapons Tech
- Air and Ground Steward
- Supply, Storage and Distribution
- Flight Operations
- Aerospace Systems
- Aircraft Tech – Mechanical or Avionics
- Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Tech
- Communications Infrastructure
- RAF Police
- Survival Equipment
- Workshop Tech
- RAF Medic
Please refer to the Royal Air Force Careers website for details of the current roles available.
Education Requirements for Royal Air Force
To education requirements for a place on the Royal Air Force Apprenticeship programme vary by role. Here are just a few examples:
- Supply, Storage and Distribution, or Catering and Hospitality: no GCSEs specified.
- Personnel Support: 2 GCSEs in English and Maths.
- Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician: 3 GCSEs which must include one STEM subject.
Please refer to the Royal Air Force Careers website for details of the grades needed for the specific roles.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Royal Air Force?
Please refer to the Royal Air Force Apprenticeship website for details of when to apply for current roles.