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.
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 3 days long and it is here that you will be taught the necessary skills required to do your job. On leaving L(S)BT you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to ensure equipment is stored in the right environment (warehousing) and that the stockholdings match computerised records (stores accounting); you will be able to take orders and provide your customers with a delivery solution; you will have the skills to pack, document and despatch/deliver equipment to the end user.
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
All L(S)BT students are offered the opportunity to enrol in the Logistics (Supplier) Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage. The Apprenticeship framework includes the following elements:
• Level 2 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage
• Functional Skills – Level 1 (Literacy & Numeracy)
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities – Level 2
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
Elements of the Apprenticeship are mapped to the L(S)BT course and the remainder of the Apprenticeship is completed during your first tour of duty.
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.
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.
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