Logistics

Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist

Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialists are responsible for the management of RAF assets, from the receipt, storage, handling and distribution of equipment to its ultimate disposal.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Deliver equipment to the operational front line
  • Use computerised accounting techniques, storage methods and equipment handling
  • Work on airfield fuel installations or in specialist storage areas

Similar civilian roles include Aerospace logistics supply support specialist, Warehouse material and inventory operator/controller or Fuels storage and delivery operator.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

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Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,489 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,931 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

Minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training

APPRENTICESHIP: Int Apprenticeship in Warehousing & Storage

Spare Time
Reserve

Initial pay after training

Day rates dependent on rank, role and experience

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

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

501 Sqn RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire
502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
504 Sqn RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire
505 Sqn RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Limited Vacancies)
603 Sqn Edinburgh (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
605 Sqn RAF Cosford, Shropshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton
614 Sqn Cardiff, South Wales

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘I work in Tech Stores at RAF Odiham in Hampshire. We’re a ‘demand cell’ which means we take orders on a daily basis depending on what’s needed by the Squadrons on base. We deal with a variety of equipment, from medical supplies to engine parts; it’s a very wide ranging job.

Once we’ve tracked down and received the part it’s our job to make sure it gets where it needs to be, so driving forms a large part of our role. I couldn’t drive when I joined so the RAF paid for me to learn and take my test. Since then they’ve also paid for me to gain four different forklift licences too, they’re really supportive when it comes to training.’

My Day

‘Processing orders for the entire base means that work can get quite busy! We could be dealing with up to 100 orders everyday so it’s a lot of responsibility. The up-side is that we normally work 8am to 5pm – unless we’re on operational deployment.

The gym here runs regular fitness classes at lunchtime, which are free. I usually try to fit in a spinning class or do some circuits. I’m also part of the running club and manage to get away twice a week for a lunchtime run.’

Suzie, Supply Storage and Distribution Specialist

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’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

You will continue at RAF Halton, leaving behind ‘the recruit training frame of mind’ and enter the stimulating specialist trade training environment. The Logistics (Supply) Basic Training (L(S)BT) course is 13 weeks long and it is here that you will be taught the necessary skills required to do your job. All students are offered the opportunity to enrol in the Logistics (Supplier) Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage. The Apprenticeship framework includes the following elements:
QCF (previously NVQ) Level 2 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage. This is the competence-based element of the Apprenticeship. Knowledge elements of the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) have been mapped (accredited) against L(S)BT. . The remainder of the QCF is undertaken and assessed during your first tour of duty at your permanent unit.

Functional Skills – Level 1 (Literacy & Numeracy) . You will complete this during first 4 weeks of your RTC.

Employment Rights and Responsibilities – Level 2 Completed during L(S)BT and Trade Ability Tests (TATs) A & B.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills – Certificate of Compliance mapped against the QCF.

On graduating from L(S)BT you will be assigned to your first tour of duty at one of the RAF’s UK units.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

In addition to those qualifications already mentioned, throughout your career you will have ample opportunity to gain further qualifications including:
Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT(UK)) - Level 2 Diploma in RAF Supplier Logistics
CILT (UK) Level 3 Certificate in Logistics and Transport
CILT (UK) Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport
Foundation Degree in Logistics Management
BSc (Hons) Degree in Logistics Management
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Shipper & Packer
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage or Logistics

Ongoing Training/Development

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. This can be as a result of promotion or when you are offered the opportunity to specialise in other areas of the trade. This means that there are opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications. Some of the more specialised areas within the Logistic (Supply) Trade include:

Storage and Distribution of Petroleum Products. You could undertake duties were you will be required to store, move, handle, and account for fuels and gases. For example, issuing aviation fuel to aircraft and helicopters, receiving fuel into bulk storage tanks from pipelines, road and ocean tankers, constructing, concealing and operating portable fuel installations on operations and exercises. Of course, with fuel there comes a responsibility for environmental protection, so you will also learn how to deal with spillages to avoid environmental damage.

Dangerous Goods. You may be taught the regulations governing documentation, packaging, storage, handling and transportation of hazardous goods, including explosives for transport by air (to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) standards), road and sea.

Mobility. You may be called upon to work alongside our Logistics (Mover) colleagues in a Mobility Flight/Section, where you will be trained to assist with loading and stowing equipment being moved by our transport aircraft.

Your First Tour

During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for your first operational tour of duty. The consolidation period includes your Trade Ability Tests (TATs). TAT1 Part A, which focuses on Health & Safety and Fire Safety issues, is delivered at unit level by RAF Regiment and Fire Section personnel. TAT1 Part B is in the form of a Logistics (Supplier) Trade Competence Logbook, which is used for QCF expert witness testimony/evidence and focuses primarily on trade related practical assessments in the workplace. To ensure you become a Logistics Supplier with broad knowledge and experience, you will be expected to cover at least 2 different jobs within your first tour. So, expect to change jobs regularly during your early career. A first tour is always demanding but also highly rewarding and you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of a close knit team. As an RAF Logistics Supplier you should expect to ‘cut your operational teeth’ on a deployed tour of duty in the Falkland Islands. Your subsequent operational tours will be varied and dependant on where in the world RAF assets are deployed in support of defence policy.

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 and providing you have completed your TATs A&B including Basic Trade Training, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and requires a minimum of 3 annual appraisals in each rank.

Transferable Skills

It is not possible to cover every aspect of the Logistics Supply trade here or list the wide ranging transferable skills you will develop throughout your career. However, Warehousing, Storage and Distribution skills and qualifications are sought after by civilian organisations. Therefore, on leaving the RAF, you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job in Logistics such as:
• Aerospace Logistics Supply Support Specialist
• Warehouse Material and Inventory Operator/Manager
• Supply Chain and Distribution Manager
• Fuels Storage and Delivery Operator
• Fork Lift Operator

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.

Specialist Training

Once you have completed your recruit training you will begin your specialist Trade training at your Squadron. It is this training that will provide you with the necessary skills required to do your job. RAF Reserve Supply Training is delivered in 3 main modules and on completion of at least one of the modules, you may be utilised within that modular specialisation at the rank of Senior Aircraftsman (SAC). A foundation module will give you the underpinning knowledge that will enable you to commence one of the 3 main modules listed below.

Receipt and Despatch (‘R&D’). Packing/unpacking, receipting and despatching equipment, Consignment Tracking and consigning Dangerous Goods by Surface and Air (CAA accredited training).

Stockholding Group. Store and pick stock, general warehousing, stocktaking and management of equipment packs within a Mobility Supply Flight.

Supply Accounting. Place and progress orders, process receipting errors, manage account documentation, manage stocktaking programme and records for equipment held forward and on loan.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your RAF Reserves career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. You will be required to complete and maintain a record of employment which will be used to determine your suitability for mobilisation (on Operations) or to assess your ability to assist regular Service personnel on trade related military tasks. Promotion to Corporal opens opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications.

Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF Reserves for a period of 12 years. Once you have completed one of the main trade modules, you may be utilised in the rank of SAC at home or on Operations overseas. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection and requires you to have completed all 3 of the main trade modules and have positive annual appraisals.

Transferable Skills

It is not possible to cover every aspect of the Logistics Supply trade in this leaflet, or indeed list the wide-ranging transferable skills you will gain throughout your time as a RAF Reserve Supplier. However, Warehousing, Storage and Distribution skills and qualifications are sought after by civilian organisations; therefore, on leaving you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job in Logistics such as:

• Aerospace Logistics Supply Support Specialist
• Warehouse Material and Inventory Operator / Manager
• Supply Chain and Distribution Manager
• Fork Lift Operator

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

No GCSE requirements.

Age:

  • 16 - 36 (Must attest before 37th Birthday)

RAF Requirements

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

*When submitting your application choose the 'Supplier' role from the Airmen list*

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 GCSE requirements.

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

‘Due to the Royal Air Force transitioning to a new IT system we are currently only able to take registrations for each role. As soon as the new system becomes available you will be contacted with the link to allow you to begin your online application. The move to the new system should not affect those who have already applied and these applicants will continue through the recruiting process. Any issues or concerns should be directed to your local Armed Forces Careers Office (RAF) or Reserve Squadrons.’

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

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