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.
The next step is a specialist training course at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton, which lasts about seven months. You’ll be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship, the Technical Certificate and Key Skills element which will be delivered entirely in training. You’ll learn how to take photographs and train to use digital image manipulation software and other digital photographic processing techniques.
Additional Qualification Opportunities
As a Photographer you will be enrolled in an advanced Apprenticeship where you will gain a NVQ Level 3 in Digital Photography and Imaging when completed. There will also be scope for a NVQ level 4 in Digital Photography and imaging as you continue through the ranks. With training received an ability to gain Associate membership to the British Institute of Professional Photography.
Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities
As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. You could also have opportunities to complete management and leadership training.
Your First Tour
For your first tour, you’ll be posted to a photographic section on an RAF base in the UK where you’ll be able to put into practice and further develop the skills you learnt during training.
Your Future Career Prospects/Progression
You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. 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.
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. These include commercial and industrial photographer, crime scene/medical photographer, photographic laboratory technician, TV, film and video photographer, graphic illustrator and image consultant.