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Personnel support

Human Resources

Human Resources specialists provide a wide range of personnel, welfare and administrative support services to the RAF in the UK, overseas and on military operations worldwide. They work in RAF headquarters, unit personnel offices and on our flying squadrons alongside RAF personnel of all trades and branches as well as those from the other Armed Services, Reserve Forces, Civil Servants and the UK’s military allies.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Advising on and administering pay, allowances, movements, leave, travel, accommodation and performance appraisals.
  • Preparing RAF personnel for deployment to operations and military exercises and supporting them throughout.
  • Many other opportunities, such as recruiting, instructing and Service discipline administration are available as you gain experience or promotion.

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.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Human Resources in the RAF.

Key Facts

Full Time
Regular

Initial pay after training

£18,305 + Benefits

Pay during training

£14,783 + Benefits

Entry level

Airmen/Airwomen

Commitment

12 years

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

'When I was 16, I was attending college studying Business and working in a bar. I have always wanted to work in admin, but it dawned on me that I would be chained to a desk in the same office. That's why the RAF appealed to me.

The best thing about my job is the variety. It ranges from dealing with pay, leave and movements to prepping personnel for overseas service and leaving the RAF.
You can also work in accounts, discipline, on a squadron and as an instructor, which I hope to do in the near future. And you get to move around the UK and overseas. The pay helps as well!'

My Day

'The best thing about my job is the variety. It ranges from dealing with pay, leave and movements to prepping personnel for overseas service and leaving the RAF.'

Lisa, 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 a specialist training course at the Personnel Administration Training Wing at MOD Worthy Down in Hampshire, which lasts for 14 weeks. During the course you will learn about 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. You will also spend a week of the course away from the school on adventurous training. At the end of the course you will be assigned to your first tour.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

As your career progresses there will be opportunities to undertake further specialist training, including management and leadership training, the majority of which will lead to various forms of accreditation with external professional bodies. Personnel Support Trade Management Training is recognised by the Institute of Administrative Management. 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 Personnel Support airman/woman you will initially be working in the Personnel Functional Area (PFA) on an RAF Main Operating Base (MOB) in the UK. You will be the first point of contact, interacting with customers face to face, by e-mail or telephone to provide a professional human resources service. You will know how to understand and apply regulations laid down in joint and single Service publications and how to administer personnel records on the Armed Forces personnel IT system known as Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) using an ORACLE software system. You will input details that will affect pay, allowances and absence. You will carry out the administrative requirements that need to be completed on the move of personnel on temporary deployed operations, courses or training exercises. You will also know how to administer personnel who are moving permanently to a new location including details on travel, removals and the storage of effects. You will understand the administrative processes that must be carried out in the event of casualties. You will process annual appraisals and documentation relating to promotion and extensions of Service for all personnel. You will also administer personnel who are leaving the RAF to ensure that they have a smooth transition back to civilian life. In addition, you will have keyboard skills and be able to use IT programmes to at least ECDL standard.

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. As you advance through the ranks, you will have the increased opportunity to lead and direct people, managing resources and manpower within your area of work to deliver the required outputs whilst maintaining and instilling the highest standards expected within the RAF.

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. We 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 Grade G (Grade 1 to 3 with effect from Aug 17) in English Language and Mathematics; or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English and Mathematics.

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 Grade G in English Language and Mathematics; or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 6/Scottish National 4 in English and Mathematics.

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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