Apprenticeships with Royal Air Force

There are a wide range of Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles available in various functions and locations across the organisation. There are currently 24 different Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles, from drivers and caterers to intelligence and engineering.

An apprenticeship in the RAF works towards a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career. You will achieve a civilian recognised professional qualification, as well as a guaranteed job in your chosen field upon completion.

The RAF offers all kinds of apprenticeships in a broad and diverse range of careers including aviation operations and engineering, as well as hospitality, catering and IT. You will receive the very best training and as well as getting paid to learn. In addition, you will get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF.

The Royal Air Force also has several display teams, including the iconic Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams.

Representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF, the Red Arrows team is the public face of the service. They also assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom at home and overseas and promote the best of British.

Flying distinctive Hawk fast-jets, the team is made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff with frontline, operational experience. Together, they demonstrate the excellence and capabilities of the Royal Air Force and the Service’s skilled, talented people.

With their trademark Diamond Nine shape and combination of close formations and precision flying, the Red Arrows have been displaying since 1965. All Red Arrows display pilots have flown operationally, in frontline aircraft such as the advanced Typhoon. As a result, their experience and bravery help the Royal Air Force secure the skies every day of the year.

The Red Arrows are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire. By the beginning of 2018, the Squadron’s 54th season, the Red Arrows had flown almost 4,900 displays in 57 countries.

The Royal Air Force has 38 different locations in the UK, although many RAF personnel are also posted abroad.


In addition to the Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles summarised here, there are also Apprenticeships available with the Army and Royal Navy:

Army Apprenticeships

Royal Navy Apprenticeships

Roles Available with Royal Air Force

There are a wide range of Royal Air Force Apprenticeship roles available for those who join the RAF, with Apprenticeships in the following roles:

  • Cyberspace Communication Specialist
  • Human Resources
  • RAF Regiment Gunner
  • Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist
  • Catering and Hospitality Specialist
  • Chef
  • Aerospace Systems Operator
  • Flight Operations Assistant
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician
  • General Technician Workshop
  • Communications Infrastructure Technician
  • Survival Equipment Specialist
  • RAF Police
  • Aircraft Technician – Mechanical or Avionics
  • Firefighter
  • Weapon Technician
  • Driver
  • Mover
  • Photographer
  • Electrician

Education Requirements for Royal Air Force

As the Royal Air Force Apprenticeship programme covers so many different roles within the organisation, the Education Requirements can vary according to the specific role for which you are applying.

There are several roles available for which no GCSEs are required, such as Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist, or Catering and Hospitality Specialist.

Other roles such as Human Resources require 2 GCSEs in English and Maths, while more technical roles such as Vehicle and Mechanical Equipment Technician require 3 GCSEs, including one STEM subject.

Candidates interested in a Royal Air Force Apprenticeship should visit the RAF Careers website for details of the Education Requirements for specific roles of interest.

When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Royal Air Force?

Candidates interested in a Royal Air Force Apprenticeship should visit the RAF Careers website for details of the Application Dates for specific roles of interest.

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