RAF apprentices benefit from accelerated pay, top training and worldwide travel and benefits of joining the RAF include six weeks paid holiday a year, subsidised food and accommodation, free medical and dental care and free gym and sports facilities access. ICT apprentices become well-trained technicians, working in the Communications and Intelligence department.
To join the RAF as an ICT apprentice you need to have three GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject such as physics.
All RAF apprentices start their scheme with Phase 1 military training, where they learn to be a military person: learn to dress smartly, march, fire a rifle etc. They then go into Phase 2 training after 11 weeks, and this is when they start their actual trade training.
An ICT apprenticeship lasts on average two and a half years. You’ll improve your maths, English and ICT skills as well as gaining a BTEC in ICT. Specialist training takes place at Number 1 Radio School, DSCIS Cosford, which is both a Microsoft and CISCO Accredited Training Academy.
Apprentices also undertake resource and initiative training, which develops and enhances essential skill sets including; communication, leadership, team bonding and decision making alongside airmanship qualities and complimentary personal attributes.
Continual learner support and progression reviews are provided and regularly monitored throughout training. This continues for a period of at least a year on posting to a new unit.
When you join the RAF as an apprentice you are given a nine-year contract, the same as any other new joiner. You’re given a technical job on completion, which often comes with a pay rise and over time, if you chose to, you can work your way up the ranks.
The roles a technician can go into after completion of an apprenticeship are hugely varied and could be anything from working on high power radars or specialist servers through to networking systems.
On qualification pay is around £17,500 per year.
To find out more about ICT apprenticeships with the RAF, please visit the Royal Air Force careers website [new window].