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ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS An apprenticeship in the RAF offers you the chance to gain a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career. You will gain a civilian- recognised professional qualification and on completion you’ll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen field. There are nine engineering roles to choose from delivered by the RAF, which is rated as an OFSTED Outstanding training provider. The RAF Engineering apprenticeship roles are: Aircraft Technician Mechanical, Aircraft Technician Avionics, Weapons Technician, Cyberspace Communications Specialist, Communications Infrastructure Technician, Vehicle & Mechanical Equipment Technician, Electrician, General Technician Workshops and Survival Equipment Specialist You’ll receive the very best training with excellent tutor support “THE RAF HAS BEEN AWARDED THE LEVEL OF ‘OUTSTANDING’ FOR ITS APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING SCHEMES” and mentoring, along with opportunities for Adventurous Training and sport – all while being paid. Accommodation and catering is also subsidised. For all engineering apprenticeship roles, you can apply to join the RAF at 15 years and 9 months with predicted GCSE grades (entering service at 16 years old). For those looking for a second career, the upper age limit is 47 years old with an entry to service no later than your 48th birthday. WHY PICK AN RAF ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP? l O  FSTED Outstanding Training Provider l  RAF Apprentices earn over £17,000 during their first year, increasing to over £20,000 on completion of training.* Most Engineering Apprentices earn in excess of £27,000 after completions of their apprenticeship.* l  Nine engineering apprenticeships in the RAF from Cyberspace Communications Specialist to Aircraft Technician l  Six weeks’ paid holiday a year l  Access to discounts with the Defence Discount Service l E  xcellent camaraderie and team ethos l  Civilian qualification with a guaranteed RAF job at the end of it l  To get the apprenticeship you’re required to join the RAF and need to go through the full application process.  Completion of basic RAF training followed by trade training commences the apprenticeship which is completed in the workplace. l  You’ll receive dedicated on-base medical and dental care LIFE AS AN RAF APPRENTICE SENIOR AIRCRAFTMAN (TECHNICIAN) SHAYNE “As part of my apprenticeship I completed a Level 3 NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical Component Overhaul). It was an advanced level apprenticeship in engineering. “My experience as an apprentice was great. I got to complete it in the transmission bay of the Puma Depth Support Hub at RAF Benson. This meant I was able to work with advanced pieces of equipment, down to an in-depth level that few aircraft engineers get to see. “Early on in my career I was named as the RAF’s Apprentice of the Year while working as an Aircraft Technician. Later I achieved a bronze medal at the national final held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and spent two years training hard to become one of the best aircraft engineers in the UK. “My hard work paid off when I was selected as the sole competitor to represent the UK in my trade at the WorldSkills competition in São Paulo. There were 60 countries competing in 50 different skills at the event. In the aircraft engineering competition there were 15 countries competing. The competition involved seven different tasks, each one testing all of the skills used by an aircraft engineer. This ranged from daily inspections on the servicing of an aircraft to engine boroscoping, which is checking the engine hot end using an optical device. “I couldn’t have achieved what I have in the past year without the RAF. Getting to Brazil meant that I was able to compete in my trade at the highest level possible, while also raising the profile of what I do and demonstrating what my apprenticeship has taught me.” “I WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH ADVANCED PIECES OF EQUIPMENT, DOWN TO AN IN-DEPTH LEVEL THAT FEW AIRCRAFT ENGINEERS GET TO SEE” *Conditions apply 25