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Catering and Hospitality Specialist

Catering and Hospitality Specialists are silver service trained specialists. They run dining rooms, bars in Officer and Sergeant Messes, and are responsible for in-flight meals and safety.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Serve food and drinks to top hotel and club standards
  • Organise VIP functions as part of a team
  • Organise in-flight catering for cabin crew and passengers

Similar civilian roles include Air/rail/cruise ship steward or Food and beverage manager.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Catering and Hospitality Specialist in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 Years

APPRENTICESHIP: Int Apprenticeship In Hospitality & Catering

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Only qualified ex-military personnel, are currently eligible for this role.

Commitment

27 days per year for 12 years minimum. Each year includes a 15 day block for general RAF training, which is taken over a two week period, and 12 days for additional/trade training, or training exercises.

The possibility of being deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

Locations

622 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘My job is in Cabin Crew. Basically, I help board the passengers, sort out the meals, look after people and then get them off at the other end. But my role is really about customer service.

We also have an important job to do in aeromedical evacuation. We fit the jet with stretchers for casualties and we help the medics with anything they need.’

My Day

‘Every day is different – it just depends where in the world we’re called on to go. We could be transporting troops to an exercise or taking families out to visit them. Often we’ll fly out one day, stay the night and then fly back the next.’

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

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 will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

Unqualified: Your next step is a 13 week specialist training course held at the Food Services Wing, Catering Training Squadron (RAF), Defence Logistics School at Worthy Down, where you will learn about serving food in a dining room environment, preparing a bar and cellar for service and reception work including the development of customer care skills. You will also undertake a ten day Introduction to Deployed Operations course and you will have commenced a Level 2 NVQ Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) Diploma in Food and Beverage Service which will be completed at your first unit. On successful completion of the specialist training you will receive your first assignment.

Qualified: You may be eligible for fast-track promotion if you already have catering qualifications and at least one year’s experience in the hospitality industry. After recruit training you will complete a 13 week specialist training course to familiarise yourself with military catering. On successful completion of the specialist training, you will then qualify for immediate promotion to Senior Aircraftman/woman and be allocated to your first assignment.

Your First Tour

For your first tour, you will be posted to an Officers’ or Sergeants’ Mess within a RAF base. Here you will gain experience in the dining room, bar and reception areas. It’s your first experience of life on base and a chance to understand how the RAF community works. After you have successfully completed your Trade Ability Test and gained experience within the Mess environment. You may be detached overseas for anything from a few weeks to a few months.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses, you will have the opportunity to be trained in new skills, including management and leadership. If you are subsequently selected to be Cabin Crew, you will be trained in aircraft safety procedures, cabin service and in-flight catering. If you wish to become Cabin Crew you will need to pass the RAF Fitness Test and RAF Swim Test to be selected. The RAF Swim Test consists of:

• Swimming 100 metres
• Tread water for 2 minutes
• Get out of the swimming pool at the deep end, unaided and fully clothed

After completion of these tests, you would receive your first assignment. You will not be employed on these duties during your first tour - you’ll have to prove your ability on the ground first. Caterers must have completed 18 months service after completion of Phase 2 Training before being considered for cabin crew duties. You will have the opportunity to complete courses in food hygiene, catering instruction and specialist catering skills. You will also receive regular training in deployed catering skills.

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. If you have joined as an unqualified Caterer after one years total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman when you pass a Trade Ability Test. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications and skills you will have the opportunity to earn will be as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a job in the hospitality industry or as Cabin Crew for a Commercial company. Qualifications You Can Achieve Under The Apprenticeship Programme Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hospitality & Catering Principles (Food & Beverage Service) Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 1 Award Functional Skills Mathematics Level 1 Award Functional Skills English

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial Training

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

 

 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

Unqualified Caterer: No formal qualifications are required 

Qualified Caterer: You should have at least a year’s suitable experience in bar work & silver service in a hotel, restaurant, club or industrial catering establishment.

You will also need one of the following:

 • NVQ Level 2 in Food and Drink Service (with silver service module);

In addition to: Technical Certificate Level 2 Award in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverages Service)

 • NVQ Level 3 in Food and Drink Service (with silver service module);

In addition to: Technical Certificate Level 3 Award in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverages Service), or

 • BTEC Hotel and Catering Management; or any other appropriate recognised civilian qualification.

 

Age:

  • Unqualified Caterer :  16–36 (Must attest before 36th birthday)
  • Qualified Caterer : 19–36 (Must attest before 36th birthday)

RAF Requirements

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

Spare Time
Reserve

Job requirements

Qualifications:

No formal qualifications required.

Age:

18 – 54 (Must attest before 55th birthday – Ex Regulars over the age of 55 may be considered on a case by case basis)

RAF Requirements

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

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