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APPRENTICESHIPS
Our award-winning apprenticeships mean you’ll gain a professional qualification as part of your challenging and unique career. The Royal Air Force offers a remarkable opportunity and was also rated as a Top 75 Employer for Social Mobility in 2023.
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Not only will you gain a professional qualification that’s recognised in the civilian world, you’ll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen role once you’ve completed it.

 

You’ll receive the very best training and, whilst being paid to learn, you’ll get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF as well as being able to access dedicated on-base medical and dental care.

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What makes a great RAF apprentice?
Hear from former apprentices, Taff, Brad and Foxy about the skills and attitudes they think make a great RAF apprentice.
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Top tips for new RAF apprentices
Listen to all of the top tips from former apprentices, Taff, Brad and Foxy.
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Earn, learn and get vital experience
Hear from our RAF apprentices. Discover how they started their journey, what they do day-to-day and what they have learnt so far.
RAF Supplier sat on open ramp of Chinook helicopter in hangar white play-video button large icon
What makes a great RAF apprentice?
Hear from former apprentices, Taff, Brad and Foxy about the skills and attitudes they think make a great RAF apprentice.
RAF Firefighter sat in open driver's doorway of fire appliance white play-video button large icon
Top tips for new RAF apprentices
Listen to all of the top tips from former apprentices, Taff, Brad and Foxy.
white play-video button large icon
Earn, learn and get vital experience
Hear from our RAF apprentices. Discover how they started their journey, what they do day-to-day and what they have learnt so far.
RAF Apprenticeships

We currently have 23 roles to choose from that come with RAF apprenticeships rated Outstanding by Ofsted. They are available in a broad and diverse range of professions including aviation operations, engineering, hospitality & catering and IT.

Qualifications you earn

These range from a level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs), a level 3 (equivalent to 2 ‘A’ levels) all the way through to a level 7, which is equivalent to a Masters degree.

How to apply

To gain an apprenticeship in the RAF you still need to meet all of the entry requirements for whichever role it is for and get through all stages of the application process. You will gain the apprenticeship as part of your phase two training, in total the process of gaining your apprenticeship can last 1 year to 3 years of training.

Award-winning education

Our apprenticeships are consistently awarded nationally -

  • The UK’s top major apprenticeship employer - Macro Employer of the Year in the 2017 National Apprenticeship Awards and Ofsted Outstanding Training Provider
  • 4th place in the 2022 Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Award.
LIFE AS AN
RAF APPRENTICE
Shayne - Air Specialist (Class 1) Technician

"I began my apprenticeship with the RAF and completed a Level 3 NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering (Mechanical Component Overhaul). It was an advanced level apprenticeship in engineering. My experience as an apprentice was great. I got to complete it in the transmission bay of the Puma Depth Support Hub at RAF Benson. This meant I was able to work with advanced pieces of equipment, down to an in-depth level that few aircraft engineers get to see.

 

Early on in my career I was named as the RAF’s Apprentice of the Year while working as an Aircraft Technician. Later I achieved a bronze medal at the national final held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and spent two years training hard to become one of the best aircraft engineers in the UK. My hard work paid off when I was selected as the sole competitor to represent the UK in my trade at the WorldSkills competition.

In Sao Paulo there were 60 countries competing in 50 different skills. In the aircraft engineering competition there were 15 countries competing. The competition involved 7 different tasks, each one testing all of the skills used by an aircraft engineer. This ranged from daily inspections on the servicing of an aircraft – to engine borescoping, which is checking the engine hot end using an optical device consisting of a rigid or flexible tube with an eyepiece.

 

I couldn’t have achieved what I have in the past year without the RAF. Getting to Brazil meant that I was able to compete in my trade at the highest level possible, while also raising the profile of what I do and demonstrating what my apprenticeship has taught me."

WHY JOIN
THE RAF?

There are plenty of Apprenticeships to choose from in the RAF. The right one for you will depend on your passion and skills. Discover some of our featured roles below.

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Rent from £75p/m
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Health care
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Training
APPRENTICESHIP
FAQS
HOW DO I APPLY?

You can apply through our website as you would for any role. You’ll then be invited to undergo aptitude tests, medical, fitness tests and an interview before being selected to join the RAF and begin your training. Your apprenticeship goes to form part of your secondary (role) training.

WHAT MAKES ME ELIGIBLE FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?

You must reach the age requirements for each apprenticeship, most of which are between 16-47 but please check individual roles. You must also meet all of the eligibility criteria listed on each role page (Nationality, Residency and other requirements) these can be different for specific roles, so check carefully. You also need to pass all relevant entry fitness tests. Please see your individual role for more information.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

You need to meet the entry requirements for whichever role your chosen apprenticeship requires. These are listed on each role. If you do not hold these qualifications there may still be opportunities for you if you show the appropriate potential in the selection tests.

WHAT WILL I EARN?

From day one pay is £15,985 for an apprentice in the RAF. However, during your first full year in service you will earn £18,192.60.

ARE RAF PART OF THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME (NAS)?

Yes, We're also audited by Ofsted and all RAF delivered apprenticeships are rated outstanding.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF AN APPRENTICESHIP?

The training is predominantly practical and you receive a civilian recognised qualification for your training.