RAF Driver - Intermediate Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles at RAF

Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Intermediate Level (Level 2)
Role May Involve:

RAF Driver - Intermediate Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Drive a range of vehicles over rough terrain on operational deployments or field exercises
  • Chauffeur VIPs, including Royal visitors, in and around RAF bases
  • Transport hazardous materials between units using Large Goods Vehicles

Similar civilian roles include Heavy goods vehicle driver, Chauffeur/VIP driver, Driving instructor, Coach/bus driver, Mobile crane operator, Driver of hazardous loads under ADR regulations or Forklift truck operator.

Desired skills

Please view the eligibility criteira on the RAF Recruitment website.

Personal qualities

17–30 (Must attest before 30th birthday)

Desired qualifications

You must have GCSEs at Grade G (Grade 1 to 3 or equivalent with effect from Aug 17) in English language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English and Mathematics.

Additional Requirement: You must have at least a UK DVLA provisional driving licence. If you already have a full UK DVLA driving licence, you must not have any endorsed penalty points or a driving ban which would prevent you from holding an LGV licence if you are under the age of 21. A maximum of 3 penalty points for Minor Traffic Offences such as speeding will be accepted for over 21 years of age. A DR 10 to DR 30 conviction is not acceptable due to the limitations on the type of employment you will be able to undertake.

Future prospects

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. You will be assigned a mentor to assist you with your Trade Ability Test. Further promotion to the rank of corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and demonstration of your abilities in both driver and general service skills. The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a new job, for example: • Large Goods Vehicle Driver (LGV Cat C+E (with full ADR) • Petroleum Tanker Driver • Vehicle Dispatch Clerk • Chauffeur / VIP Driver • Coach / Bus Driver • Driver of Hazardous Loads under ADR regulations • Fork Lift Operator • Defence License Acquisition Instructor (At Cpl rank) • Mobile Crane Driver / Operator (At Cpl rank)

Things to consider

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed on the 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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