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Personnel support

Human Resources

As an HR Specialist in the RAF you will enjoy a diverse, exciting and highly rewarding career. Wherever the RAF is based, there is an HR team ready to provide a professional service to personnel of all specialisations, including those in the RAF Reserve. You can expect to work up close to flying operations on RAF bases and at military locations in UK and overseas. You will have opportunities to volunteer for positions in places like the USA, Cyprus and with NATO forces in Europe and will deploy overseas to use your skills on operations in Afghanistan, the Middle East and the Falkland Islands. You may find yourself delivering HR Services on RAF squadrons operating the latest aircraft such as Voyager, Chinook, Typhoon and F35 Lightning II or as a member of the HR and display support team with the Red Arrows. You will also have the opportunity to work at the most senior levels of the RAF, Defence and NATO in Headquarters in the UK and Europe.

Typical responsibilities as an HR Administrator after you graduate from Specialist Training will include:

• Advising on and administering; pay and allowances; movements, travel and accommodation; performance appraisals.
• Preparing RAF personnel for deployment to operations and military exercises and supporting them throughout, often deploying with and working alongside them.

Many other employment opportunities will be open to you as you progress, including:

• Recruiting & Selection, including Recruit Trainer; HR Specialist Trainer; Service Discipline; HR Assurance; RAF Career Manager.

In everything you do as an RAF HR Specialist, you will continually develop your keyboard and IT skills and learn how to exploit the standard Office software packages to an advanced level.
Similar civilian roles include Personnel/Human Resources Administrator, Office Manager or Recruitment Consultant.

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 Business & Admin

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

502 Sqn Aldergrove Flying Station, Co Antrim (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
505 Sqn RAF St Mawgan, Newquay
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
606 Sqn RAF Benson, Oxfordshire (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
607 Sqn RAF Leeming, Northallerton (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
611 Sqn RAF Woodvale, Merseyside (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)
622 RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire - Ex-Regulars only

 

 

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

I joined the RAF as a HR advisor at 16 years old having just finished college. Despite being academic I was not particularly interested in a topic to study at University and therefore chose a vocational route. Despite my young age I found basic training incredibly easy, already used to the discipline of school/college life. There was also not the shouting or muddy assault courses I had been expecting!

I chose HR as I wanted the opportunity to specialise in a number of different fields and enjoy a varied career. During my career I have worked in Finance, Intelligence, Defence Diplomacy, L&D, PA duties and I am currently a Cert RP qualified Recruitment Manager.
I have been fortunate enough to travel with the RAF and have enjoyed deployments to the Falkland Islands, Bahrain and Afghanistan.

Despite predominately in a desk based role I enjoy the active lifestyle the RAF promotes and regularly attend the gym, free fitness classes and swimming pool, all of which my family can also utilise. Personal Development is incredibly important to me and the RAF have helped me with this, recently paying towards my Level 5 Diploma in HR Management giving me the professional recognition of Associated CIPD membership. They also supplied, free of charge, the study books I required which at over £50 a book I was very grateful.

Our training courses are also professionally recognised and I have gained numerous management qualifications with the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Chartered Management Institute. During my early career I enjoyed communal living (sort of like being in halls) and socialising with my colleagues outside of work both on and off base.

I now have a young family and live in my own private home, commuting daily to work. The RAF has made considerable improvements to work life balance in recent years and I now have the option to work flexibly by altering my hours or on occasions working from home. When in the UK I am able to attend my children’s sports day and care for them if sick so I consider the RAF very family friendly. We are currently trialling part-time working which is something I will consider once available.

My Day

I have spent the last five years working as a qualified Recruitment Consultant and on promotion to my current post became a Recruitment Manager. I thoroughly enjoy my role, each day is incredibly busy but always different. My section manages applications for the RAF to the allocation of training places. My staff therefore oversee the entire selection process of entrants into the Royal Air Force.

As a HR Recruitment Manager my role is predominately within policy, processes and statistics. We have to ensure our processes are fit for purpose and our policies are within employment law guidelines so I am constantly working to update and improve them. Statistical analysis also plays a key role in my weekly work ensuring that KPIs are met and that work is prioritised where required. I manage 8 staff made up of both RAF and MOD Civil Servants and am responsible for all aspects of people management such as performance management, disciplinary and employee relations.

My usual day is 8am until 5pm, during which time I will go to the gym or fitness class or pop out to the Starbuck to meet friends for a coffee. On occasion I need to fit work around childcare so I work reduced hours or from home to do so. I attend visits, meetings and conferences all over the UK and have a passion for public speaking (and just speaking in general!), I have been fortunate enough to brief to the Defence Committee at the Houses of Parliament.

My favourite part of the job is getting out and about to Recruitment events and speaking to people, I am met with genuine interest when I talk about my career and raised eyebrows when I also add that I balance my career around a family. Recruitment is such a rewarding role, I absolutely love seeing candidates join the RAF and begin their own adventures. We have such a unique opportunity for all and I get to balance that with a HR career that is a profession focused on individuals, business needs and generally caring about people.

Zara, Human Resources

 

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Recruit 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

The next step is the Specialist Training Course at the Personnel Administration Training Wing at the home of the RAF Personnel Branch at Worthy Down in Hampshire, which lasts for 13 weeks. During the course you will learn about HR and personnel administration in the UK Armed Forces in general and the RAF in particular. By the end of the course you will achieve an Apprenticeship in Business and Administration, which includes NVQ level 2 in Business and Administration. Additionally, you can expand your studies to achieve a Foundation Degree in Human Resource Practice with Staffordshire University, gaining a level 4 on completion, with a further opportunity to increase to Level 5. At the end of the course you will be assigned to your first tour. You will graduate from your Specialist Training in the rank of Leading Aircraftman/woman.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses there will be opportunities to undertake further professional training, including management and leadership courses, some of which can lead to various forms of accreditation with external professional bodies. There are also opportunities to study at higher education and gain a degree and accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Your First Tour

As a newly graduated HR Administrator you will normally work in the HR (Personnel) Office on an RAF Unit which may have an operational, training or headquarters role. Having trained at Worthy Down alongside the other Services, you may be assigned to work with Army and Royal Navy HR Specialists in Joint Service Units or in RAF Squadrons and Wings that have a tri-Service operational role. Day to day, you will interact with military personnel of all ranks in an office setting or by e-mail and telephone to provide a professional human resources service. You will know how to interpret and apply regulations set out in Defence policy and business process publications and how to administer personnel records on the Armed Forces personnel IT system (known as JPA) using ORACLE software. You will manage information to make changes in JPA affecting pay, allowances and absence as well as processing performance appraisals and documentation relating to promotion and contract terms and conditions of Service for all personnel. You will also be responsible for getting people ready for re-assignment to a new location or deploying temporarily to operations, courses and training exercises in UK and overseas. You will understand the administrative processes that must be carried out in the event of casualties and will assist RAF personnel transition smoothly back to civilian life at the end of their service.

Your Future Career Prospects/Progression

You will join the RAF initially for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement. After completing one year’s total service from the date you joined the RAF, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman/woman, providing that you have passed your Specialist Trade Training and the Trade Ability Test in your first Unit. As you gain knowledge and experience, you will be ready to apply your professional HR and broader military leadership and management skills to compete on merit with your peers for promotion. Progression to higher rank will bring greater responsibility for resources, manpower and leadership of your own team of HR Specialists. You will be encouraged and supported continually to challenge yourself by progressing to specialised roles such as HR Trainer providing training to the next generation of HR Specialists or as an RAF Career Manager where you will be responsible for advising on and managing the career progression of RAF personnel in other Trades.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you can earn and experience you will gain are 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 a number of fields. As you move up through the ranks you will gain a great deal of management and leadership experience which you will have the opportunity to develop into related civilian qualifications. The RAF will give you the confidence to succeed in whatever you choose to do.

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

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

 

Requirements

Full Time
Regular

Job requirements

Qualifications:

You need GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5) in English Language and Mathematics; or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2 / Scottish National 5 (Grade A – C) in English and Mathematics. Waivers may be considered for professional qualifications and/or experience.

All RAF ground trade recruits (except Air Traffic Controller – Senior Non-Commissioned Officer) must have or gain Functional Skills (FS) qualifications in English and Mathematics to graduate from Recruit Training. Your first chance to pass these tests, if you do not already have the necessary FS grades, will be at the Pre-Recruit Training Course. Candidates / recruits for the trade of Personnel (Support) will need to achieve Level 2 in Mathematics and English unless they can prove that they already have these qualifications.

Even if you have other qualifications in Mathematics and English (like GCSE/SCEs), you will still have to take and pass the FS Mathematics and English tests.  Further information will be available from your local Armed Forces Careers Office.

 

 

Age:

  • 16 - 35 (Must attest before 36th birthday)

RAF Requirements

*When submitting your application for this role choose 'Personnel Support' 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:

You need GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C (Grade 4 to 5) in English Language and Mathematics; or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2 / Scottish National 5 (Grade A – C) in English and Mathematics. Waivers may be considered for professional qualifications and/or experience.

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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