ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
During Recruit Training you will gain Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English, if required. During Specialist Training you will gain a Level 3 Tech Cert Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (Survival Equipment Maintenance). During your first tour you will complete the portfolio element of the Level 3 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation (Development Competence) and, following an End Point Assessment, you will be awarded your Level 3 Survival Equipment Fitter Apprenticeship. As new equipment and aircraft enter Service, the aim is to accredit specialist training, to ensure that you hold recognised civilian qualifications as part of your career development.
YOUR FIRST TOUR
After your initial Recruit and Specialist Training, you will be assigned to a UK unit where, under supervision, you will apply your newly-gained skills in a live environment; adding immediate value to RAF and UK air operations.
You may work on a Royal Air Force flying station providing direct support to the operation of fast jets, multi-engined aircraft or helicopters. Alternatively, you may work within the Airborne Forces environment, maintaining parachute equipment for UK military parachutists; this could involve working on active parachute drop zones both in the UK and overseas.
You may support the delivery of Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Extraction (SERE) training, providing assistance in the instruction of aircrew practicing survival drills on land, in pools, or at sea. For this role, SE specialists are trained to pass the RAF Swimming Competency Test and are then required to pass the RAF Role Related Swim Test on an annual basis.
Once your experience builds, and you demonstrate the required competence levels, supervision will be reduced. After completing one year’s total service, providing you have passed Specialist Training and a Trade Ability Test, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman.
ONGOING TRAINING / DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout your career we will continue to train you and provide you with through-Service career development. There are opportunities to undertake the management and leadership training required for promotion and to join relevant civilian professional associations and bodies; as an SAC holding the Level 3 qualifications as part of your training you meet the UK Engineering Council standard as an Engineering Technician and are able to apply for registration as such. Furthermore, you will be able to employ your new-found military and leadership skills on adventure training