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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Aviation Operations on the Ground (Firefighter) 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 RAF Fire & Rescue Service Accreditation Centre is committed to providing the opportunity for all Trade Group 8 Fire-fighters to complete a civilian recognised qualification and ensure that Apprentices have access to open and fair assessment. On successful completion of the Apprenticeship it is the Centre’s aim to offer further transferable skills within the Fire Service Profession at every rank throughout a career

Course content

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aviation Operations on the Ground
  • Level 2 Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground (Knowledge)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Further information

“I had been torn between either a career in the Military or a career in the Fire Service. When I became aware that the RAF had a Fire Service it became the logical thing to do. I thought that it would literally be Military Training followed by Fire-fighter Training. It was a surprise to find out that I would also receive qualifications that I could use back in the civilian world should I decide to leave the RAF. I used skills that I hadn’t used for a while and also learnt a host of new ones that I continue to use to this day.”

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: 18 months


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    • RAF High Wycombe, situated at Naphill in Buckinghamshire, is the home of the Royal Air Force’s HQ Air Command. It was formed on 1 April 2007, when the RAF’s Personnel and Training Command and Strike Command merged. The creation of a single Command, with a single fully integrated Headquarters, will better equip the RAF to provide a coherent and coordinated single Air focus to the other Services, MOD Head Office, the Permanent Joint Headquarters and the rest of MOD.