FTRS (Limited Commitment) Vacancy

SO3 Social, Personal and Emotional Awareness for Resilience - RAF Cosford

The JPA Number(s) for this vacancy: 1990485

Unit / Establishment / Location: RAF Cosford
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Branch: Any
Terms: FTRS (Limited Commitment)

A vacancy has arisen for a Flight Lieutenant to serve as SO3 for the Social, Personal and Emotional Awareness for Resilience (SPEAR) at RAF Cosford on Full Time Reserve Service (Limited Commitment) Terms and Conditions of Service, with a proposed start date being 16 April 2018 or earlier.

This role focusses on leading and managing the SPEAR Framework and working collaboratively with other members of the Education and Training team in the development and implementation of SPEAR across the RAF.

Although parented by RAF Cosford, this will be a ‘on the road’ position.

Key Tasks associated with the role are as follows:

  • Developing and delivering high quality, contextualised SPEAR training both reactively to needs and proactively to ensure the framework can be supported by all Units effectively and confidently.
  • Providing advice and guidance on SPEAR workshops and training facilitation to RAF Stations and Training establishments.
  • Supporting the SPEAR engagement strategy including building the capacity of staff to deliver workshops and training.
  • Collaborating with Training Teams, Media and ICT, and those involved in MOD training across the mental wellbeing and awareness areas in the development of new promotional materials and educational products.
  • Leading the design and implementation of the evaluation of education and training, working with the research and evaluation personnel as required.
  • Collating and analysing evaluation data and produce written reports.
  • Working with academic agencies to ensure appropriate key performance indicators are developed and monitor to ensure capacity is built and community awareness is achieved.
  • Providing line management guidance and support to the Digital Learning Development Manager and Programme Manager
  • Actively contributing to psychological research design, development and online assistance as required as part of the team.
  • Overseeing the programme and framework functioning, identify conflicts and troubleshoot where necessary.

Eligibility and Period of Service. 

Unless already holding a commission in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be commissioned in the RAFR with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

The appointment is on FTRS (LC) in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Leaflet 105 for an initial period of up to 9 years.

Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board.  Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case by case basis.

Candidates who have been out of regular or reserve service for more than 5 years[1] may be considered for this appointment; however, not on promotion. Furthermore, prior approval must be sought from the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor in order to confirm current and past experience prior to being invited to interview.

Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Branch/Trade and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsors proposed start date, prior to applying.

Applicants of an equivalent rank from sister Services may apply, but will only be accepted into RAFR service if an appropriate Branch/Trade can be identified via the relevant Branch & Trade Advisor. Furthermore, the transfer will only be made at the individual’s current ‘equivalent’ rank and not on promotion. Finally, Branch/Trade Advisor approval must be agreed before the interview. 

Pension Issues.  Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found in JSP 765 and the following links and Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment on Commutation’.

Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT).  Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS.  The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment.

Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces.  FTRS personnel are eligible for annual leave and public holidays in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 and JSP 760.

Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS TCoS are eligible to Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB.

[1] Should a candidate be selected who has been out of the Service greater than 5 years, the P2/P3 recruitment pack will not be despatched until the Bespoke Training Form has been completed and endorsed by HQ 22 Trg Gp (Director General Training) and SO1 Reserves Support.


Applicants should meet the following criteria.


  • Must either have been, or currently be, a Flight Lieutenant.
  • Experience in a mental wellbeing / mental health role.
  • Experience training and implementing technology in an educational setting.
  • Communication and collaboration skills, including evidence of a strong ability to build and maintain relationships with training teams and welfare personnel.
  • Demonstrable project management skills, including ability to prioritise and schedule commitments to ensure quality provision and follow-up deadlines are achieved.
  • Ability to communicate and relate to a range of audiences (professionals, trainees, contractors, families, BAME and young people).
  • Ability to manage and prioritise own workload and work with flexibility, initiative and imagination.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with multiple project management responsibilities.


  • Post-Graduate qualification in the area of psychology or mental health.
  • Team Leadership experience in the mental wellbeing or similar area.
  • Experience in developing and managing collaborative frameworks
  • CIPD accredited training qualification or equivalent
  • Knowledge and understanding of HR function
  • Experience of supporting Communication Plans
  • Experience of working with an Awarding Organisation
  • Experience of assurance management

Selection process

A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, based principally on an applicant’s last 3 appraisal reports as required.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

Sqn Ldr Andrea Macfarlane
E-Mail -


Candidate applications, with a maximum 2 page CV (to include copies of last 3 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:

Sqn Ldr Andrea Macfarlane
22 (Trg) Gp
RAF High Wycombe
Walter’s Ash
HP14 4UE

or by e-mail:

Closing date

The closing date for applications is: 22/01/2018