Like all our officers, you will begin your RAF career with Initial Officer Training (IOT) at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire. You will follow a challenging 24-week course designed to develop your leadership and management skills. The course includes fitness development, military training and academic study as well as practical outdoor leadership challenges.
After IOT, you will undertake bespoke training to equip you with essential context-specific training expertise for your first Tour. Pre-qualified and/or experienced personnel will enter the Specialisation with appropriate recognition for relevant Training and Education qualifications and experience.
Subsequent specialist training will prepare you for roles such as; Training Analysis, Training Content Design, Training Assessment Design, Training Delivery, Training Evaluation, Training Quality Audit, Parachute Jumping Instructor, Adventurous Training Instructor, Exercise Rehabilitation Instructor, Survival Evasion Resist and Extraction Instructor, Training Management, Strategic Communications, Media and Information Operations.
Your first tour will likely be as a Station Training Officer on a RAF station developing programmes of activity to get the best from individuals, small teams and larger organisations. You will have training and physical education specialists to help you achieve your aims and will be responsible for the strategy, planning and assurance of professional and personal development activities on your unit.
As a Training Specialist you will have opportunities for further personal and professional development. After your first tour, additional training will equip you for other demanding roles. For example, you could learn how to manage the full gamut of training activity and develop your training consultancy skills – critical if you are selected to work as a specialist Training Design Advisor for a specific aircraft type. Equally you could be offered the opportunity to train as a Parachute Jump Instructor, following which you will be responsible for the parachute training of the UK’s Airborne Forces.
Your Career Prospects
You will join the RAF on an Initial Commission of 12 years and may be selected to serve on a pension earning commission of 20 years service or age 40, whichever is the later, during this time. Promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant is on a time served/satisfactory service basis after 3½ years from completing IOT. Further promotion to Squadron Leader and above is by competitive selection.
As a Personnel Training Officer you will have extensive opportunities for further professional development throughout your career. You will be able to choose to work towards further qualifications which recognise your transferrable skills and experience. Furthermore the Royal Air Force will encourage you to develop your leadership and management skill through a series of residential and distance-learning courses that are common to all officer branches. Much of the training you will receive is accredited and recognised by a wide range of professional bodies, including the Chartered Management Institute, and may also be aligned with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development to provide membership opportunities.
The skills and experience you gain throughout your career as a Personnel Training Officer could provide entry routes for a number of civilian jobs, including: Learning and Development Professional, Management Consultant, Project Manager, Change Manager, Training Officer, HE Teacher, University administrator and bursar.
A Degree at Grade 2:2 or higher, preferably training related. Equivalent qualifications or vocational experience can also be accepted at the discretion of the Officers’ & Aircrew Selection Centre (OASC).
With a Degree you only need GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
However if you do not have a Degree but are utilising equivalent qualifications or vocational experience you will require 5 GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or Scottish Certificate of Education (SCE) at Grade 2 or Scottish National Equivalent (SNE) at Grade 5 including English and Maths and 2 A2 Levels/3 Highers at Grades C or above (excluding Gen Studies or Critical Thinking) which must total a minimum of 64 UCAS points.
- 21-49 (Must have entered IOT before 50th birthday)
To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.