ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
During your specialist training you will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship, the Technical Certificate element of which is a Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and delivered entirely in training. You will be required to complete the portfolio element of the NVQ Level 3 during your first tour when you leave specialist training where on completion, you will be awarded your Advanced Apprenticeship.
ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills and you will develop as a technician. You may be posted to a specialist area of employment, such as bomb disposal, on an RAF Regiment squadron, or as part of an Expeditionary Armament squadron. You could also have opportunities for management and leadership training. The qualifications and experience you will gain in your RAF career can be used to meet the joining criteria for relevant civilian professional associations.
YOUR FIRST TOUR
For your first tour you may join a flying squadron at an RAF base where you could be employed on the maintenance and repair of aircraft weapon systems and involved in storing and handling different types of weapons; you could also be responsible for fitting these weapons onto aircraft ensuring that they are fit for use. Also, you could be responsible for the care and maintenance of weapons used by your station and, which ever role you undertake, you will work alongside experienced technicians and gain exposure to more complex maintenance and repair work which will help your professional development.