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Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture (Electrician, Vehicle Tech & Gen Tech Workshops) at RAF Apprenticeships

Course description

An apprenticeship in the RAF offers you the chance to gain a UK-recognised trade qualification as part of a challenging and unique career. Not only will you gain a civilian recognised professional qualification, but upon completion you’ll also have a guaranteed job in your chosen field.

We offer all kinds of apprenticeships in a broad and diverse range of careers including aviation operations, engineering, hospitality & catering and IT. You’ll receive the very best training and accelerated pay, and as well as getting paid to learn, you’ll get the chance to travel the world, play sport and perform an important role in the RAF.

If you have the drive and ambition, we can offer you a unique and rewarding career. 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 (trade) training.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering scheme for Trade Group 5 Electrical (GTE), Mechanical (GTM) and Workshops (GTW) trades initiated in Oct 2013. The Apprenticeship offers apprentices the chance to gain a civilian recognised qualification based on evidence gathered in the workplace or during their trade training. Qualified assessors and verifiers work with the apprentices, assessing work and offering guidance and advice along the way, ensuring full support is given to them in order to achieve their Apprenticeship. Continual learner support and progression reviews are provided and regularly monitored throughout their training course, and continues on posting to their new unit, to help and consolidate individual learning performance. GTE trainees achieve further recognised electrical qualifications. GTM trainees have the opportunity to further achieve a recognised Heavy Vehicle Maintenance qualification. GTW have the opportunity to achieve a further recognised Mechanical Manufacturing qualification. Most learners find the training worthwhile especially as it allows an incremental pay rise as well as a recognised civilian qualification.

Course content

  • Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
  • Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Maintenance
  • Level 3 NVQ Extended Diploma in fabrication and Welding (Workshops only)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in ICT
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Further information

“I joined the RAF to put a good use to skills I have already obtained, but to also further enhance my skills and learn new ones. My chosen trade of GTM is the most suitable for my current skills, but I enjoy the trade and adding new skills to my skills bank would be great”. “I chose this trade [GTE] because it’s quite challenging and it’s something I can use after I’ve completed my service”. “The qualifications you achieve are a higher standard and overall I feel that it is a better quality of training. I was also advised by family that are in the same trade [GTW] and also family that wish they had joined the trade”

Former Apprentice

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact RAF Apprenticeships directly.

Last updated date: 05 August 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 3 years