Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Application Specialist - Aerospace Systems Operator at RAF

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
Salary:
Competitive
Deadline:
Ongoing
Role May Involve:
Engineering

Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Application Specialist - Aerospace Systems Operator

Initial Training

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is a specialist training course, which lasts up to 15 weeks at the School of Aerospace Battle Management (SABM) at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland. Here you’ll learn about:

  • The interpretation and operation of complex sensor systems
  • Data Links and communication networks; how they work and how we use them to communicate with aircraft, ships and ground stations
  • Space Surveillance
  • Maritime operations
  • Meteorology
  • A foundation in air battle management
  • The capabilities of aircraft currently operated by the RAF and its allies.
  • Training and examination in a live operational environment.

You will also be trained to operate alongside Weapon Controllers and Surveillance Officers from the Air Battlespace Management (ABM) Branch. During this course you will be given the opportunity to undertake a Functional Skills qualification in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at level 2 and an Information Technology Qualification (ITQ) level 3 Diploma. You’ll then get your first posting.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

During this course you will be given the opportunity to undertake an Advanced ‘IT Application Specialist’ Apprenticeship consisting of Functional Skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at level 2 and a Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills. The Apprenticeship will take a minimum of 12 months and will be completed at your first posting.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your skills, experience and time in service grow, you could become an Aerospace Systems Manager, working in the management of personnel, systems and information.

Your First Tour

Your first tour will normally be at a Control and Reporting Centre at RAF Boulmer or RAF Scampton. Opportunities also exist for employment within the School of Air Battle Management RAF Boulmer. Your role will involve the collation, processing and dissemination of information on activity in the airspace that your unit has responsibility for. You’ll use communication equipment to provide updates on air activity and interpret sensor or data link information to aid in the identification of aircraft and support the provision of an air picture.

Your Future Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement. After completing one year’s total service you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection.

Transferable Skills

The Advanced Apprenticeship you can earn is as valuable in the civilian world as it is in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find civilian employment.

Desired skills

Please view the eligibility criteria on the RAF Recruitment website.

Personal qualities

Please view the eligibility criteria on the RAF Recruitment website.

Desired qualifications

You need GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English Language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English and Mathematics.

Future prospects

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years, although you have options to leave at different stages of your career, during training etc, but are required to do a minimum return of service of three years after your phase two training. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and will require the completion of further periods of Command and Management Training to prepare you for the demands of your new rank.

Things to consider

As with any role in the RAF you could be posted anywhere the RAF has a station, both in the UK or around the world. So you should expect to move every 2-5 years and sometimes spend time away from home. Full information is available on the RAF Recruitment website.

About the RAF

Today's modern RAF is the UK's aerial, peacekeeping and fighting force. It's made up of impressive full-time Regulars and spare-time Reserves who come from diverse backgrounds and work side-by-side to make a difference at home and abroad. When it comes to recruitment our focus is attracting the best personnel, and ensuring they're well taken care of during and after their service in the RAF. We offer 60+ roles ranging from drivers and photographers to engineers and nurses, but the opportunity and lifestyle that comes with joining the RAF is bigger than that. Regardless of role, gender, age, background or qualifications, we offer: World-class training and ongoing development. A highly competitive benefits package. A culture of camaraderie. Individual responsibility within a wider team of exceptional individuals. Full-time Regular and spare-time Reserve commitment levels. The ability to see and stay in touch with your friends and family, while also forging new friendships. Sporting opportunities and facilities. Top-of the line kit. The opportunity to be part of an equal opportunity organisation listed as one of the Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

How to apply

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