Cyberspace Communication Specialist (formerly ICT Technician) ADDED TO SAVED ROLES
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Cyberspace Communication Specialist (formerly ICT Technician)

The RAF relies upon a complex network of communication, radar and information systems around the world.  Cyberspace Communication Specialists are responsible for maintaining and repairing these systems.

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Manage equipment like tactical satellite systems and airfield radars
  • Support IT users and local area networks
  • Set up communication and control systems for operations and exercises

Similar civilian roles include Telecommunications Technician.

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.

Scroll down to explore the opportunities as a Cyberspace Communication Specialist (formerly ICT Technician) 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: Adv Apprenticeship In IT, Software, Web & Telecoms

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

600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex (Extremely Limited Vacancies)
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan (Extremely Ltd Vacancies)

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

In the RAF

My Role

‘Since joining, I’ve worked on a huge range of technical equipment and had a variety of interesting jobs. I’ve maintained computer networks, airfield and air defence radar and satellite, and data communications equipment.

Currently, I’m a computer network manager supporting users in the UK and overseas. But I’ve just been assigned to instil an awareness of emerging technical threats to UK Service personnel around the world. It’s a tri-Service role, so I’ll be talking to the RAF, Army and Royal Navy about the different threats to telecoms and computer security.’

My Day

‘Right now, I’m enjoying a regular Monday to Friday routine. I live in a three-bedroom house on the base so I can eat at home with my wife and family during lunch breaks. I also try to fit in a gym session every day.

My hours change from day to day when I’m working away from home in the UK or deployed overseas, but I appreciate a change of pace from time to time – that’s why I joined.’

 

Training

Royal Air Force - Regular & Reserve

Full Time
Regular

Initial Training

Your career will start with 10 weeks of basic recruit training 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 will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is a Trade training course at No 1 Radio School (No 1 RS), Cosford, near Wolverhampton; a first-class training establishment. This foundation course is approx 12 months long and is designed to prepare you for your first tours by giving you a breadth of skills and knowledge across the full range of duties you may be employed in. You will study a range of subjects, including: electronic principles; radar and radio principles; mathematics; satellite and data communications; video-conferencing; information systems and network administration and security. In addition you will also be instructed in health and safety, maintenance practices, procedures and hands-on technical skills required to deploy and maintain our range of communications information networks and sensors.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

No 1 Radio School is a Microsoft- and Cisco-accredited academy, and the training you will receive is recognised by a wide range of civilian employers and backed by transferable qualifications. As a Cyberspace Communication Specialist, you will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Communications Technologies during your specialist training. You'll go on to the BTEC National Award in Communications Electronic Engineering/Technology at Level 3 and you’ll also be able to start the Communications Technology Professional Level 3 NVQ, which can be completed in the workplace during your first tour. You can also gain a Foundation Degree in Information Technology and Communications from Staffordshire University.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

A major advantage of being a Cyberspace Communication Specialist is the breadth and diversity of the jobs that you could be employed in. Further training is open to you to ensure that you are properly trained for your roles. Some people will undertake training that involves the more complex electrical/electronic principles and radar and radio theory. Skills in this area would allow you to develop the deeper technical skills in order to analyse and investigate the more complex faults and carry out specialist in-depth repair. If required, specialist training will be given in application support, web-skills, database and network management and CYBER security to assure the integrity and efficient operation and management of the RAF’s and other military networks.

Your First Tour

During your first tour, you will be employed as part of a team responsible for managing your unit’s ICT systems. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, which may include maintenance tasks associated with satellite terminals, Fibre Optics, aircraft support and other systems vital to the operation of the RAF. Alternatively you could be employed on an airfield maintaining air traffic services, within an information hub (IHub), where you will be the first port of call providing advice on software applications, information management and exploitation and system administration or within an engineering section repairing IT systems and installing software and hardware.

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 and will require the completion of further periods of Command and Management Training to prepare you for the demands of your new rank.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. When added to your RAF experience, you will be well placed and in demand by any potential civilian employers.

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 C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in Mathematics, English language or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Mathematics, English and an approved science/technology-based subject.

If you do not hold a qualification in an approved Science or Technology-based subject, you can still apply as a qualified ICT Technician provided you have the required English Language and Mathematics grades. You will also need to achieve a slightly higher score in the relevant part of the entry test at an Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO); further information and advice will be available from your local AFCO.

A list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found below Acceptable Science and Technology Qualifications

Age:

  • 16-29 (Must Attest before 30th Birthday)

RAF Requirements

*When submitting your application for this role choose 'ICT Technician' in the Airmen category*

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:

3 GCSE/SCEs at Grade C/2 minimum or equivalent in English language and maths and an approved science/technology-based subject.

A list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found below Acceptable Science and Technology Qualifications

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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THIS ROLE REQUIRES YOU TO TAKE THE AIRMAN SELECTION TEST

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Full Time
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Spare Time
Reserve