ENGINEERING Cyberspace Communication Specialist CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As a Cyberspace Communications Specialist you will be responsible for the technology at the heart of the RAF. It will be your job to set up, operate and maintain the technology the RAF relies on to communicate.

Full-time regular Spare time reserve

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PAY DURING TRAINING £14,931 + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,489 + Benefits

£5,000
JOINING BONUS!

Details can be found here.

 

 

Please note, when you submit your full application the role will be listed as 'ICT Technician' within the online system.

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DAY RATE STARTS AT: £37.12 + Benefits

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 16 – 36 years old
  • GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in English, Maths and preferably Science
  • Be a UK, UK dual or Republic of Ireland citizen
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training (or 4 years if in receipt of the £5k Joining Bonus) after specialist training.
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Gaming & Computers
  • Building and Problem solving
  • Travelling the world

Apprenticeships available

Unified Communication Technician Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

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APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 18 – 54 years old
  • GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 in English, Maths and preferably Science
  • Be a UK or Republic of Ireland citizen
  • Commit 27 days per year
  • Pass the Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Gaming & Computers
  • Building and Problem solving
  • Travelling the world

Locations

600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex
602 Sqn Glasgow
614 Sqn Cardiff, Glamorgan
600 Sqn RAF Northolt, Middlesex

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

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
  • Provide Mission Support System Capabilities to next generation aircraft

CYBERSPACE COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST IN ACTION

CYBERSPACE COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST IN ACTION

As a Cyberspace Communications Specialist you will ensure that the RAF remains at the cutting edge of technology, which is essential to be able to communicate effectively and move information around safely and securely. You will work as part of a highly trained and technologically skilled workforce that will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks; ranging anywhere from safeguarding our UK-based IT networks from intrusions, coordinating the RAF’s vast array of information, all the way to establishing overseas networks and equipment for Deployed Commanders and Air Traffic Services.

The technical knowledge is advanced, but the benefits, the achievements, and the impacts are highly rewarding. Following the world-class training you receive at No1 Radio School, you could be employed across a wide variety of technical roles. This includes the opportunity to develop a range of skills responsible for 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.

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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WHY JOIN THE RESERVES?

The skills you acquire as a Reserve won’t just prepare you for the RAF, they will enhance your work and civilian life.

You might be called up to assist with our operations worldwide for up to six months, during which you may be able to claim a pay award to cover your and your employer’s costs.

  • Training
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Paid pension
  • Paid holiday

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These systems and data feeds directly support the wider picture including Intelligence trades, Aircrew and Engineers

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the World. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

The next step is a training course at No 1 Radio School at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton: a first-class Microsoft and Cisco-accredited academy. This foundation course is around 37 weeks long and is designed to provide you with all the training, the skills and knowledge across the full range of specialisations you may be employed in.

 

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

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. During your specialist training As a Cyberspace Communication Specialist you will be enrolled on a Unified Communications Technician Trailblazer Advanced Apprenticeship which is a level 3 qualification; this will be completed in the workplace during your first tour. You can also gain a Foundation Degree in Information Technology and Communications.

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 FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

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.

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

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.

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.
Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.
You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK national or UK/other dual nationality and be between 16 and 36 years old.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a UK national or UK/other dual nationality and be between 18 and 54 years old.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
(preferably) Science or Technology C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.1 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

 

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have spent or unspent convictions that may be excluded from certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 5
(preferably) Science or Technology C Grade 4 Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through a Pre-joining Fitness Test. 
How fit you need to be to pass this test can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:

AGE

2.4 Km Run

Multi-Stage Fitness Test

Press-ups

Sit-ups

 

(Mins)

(Score)

(No.)

(No.)

15-16

11.39

9.03

20

35

17-29

11.11

9.1

20

35

30-34

11.36

9.04

19

32

35-39

12

8.09

18

29

40-44

12.26

8.03

17

26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:

AGE

2.4 Km Run

Multi-Stage Fitness Test

Press-ups

Sit-ups

 

(Mins)

(Score)

(No.)

(No.)

15-16

13.54

6.07

10

32

17-29

13.23

7.02

10

32

30-34

13.47

6.08

9

29

35-39

14.13

6.04

8

26

40-44

14.48

5.08

7

23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have spent or unspent convictions that may be excluded from certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.
Please note, when you submit your full application the role will be listed as 'ICT Technician' within the online system.

Apply as a Regular

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

Apply here and receive an email that invites you to your full online application.

Apply as a Reserve