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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering (Caterer) 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.

Catering within the Royal Air Force is both diverse and challenging to each individual. Service caterers pride themselves on their constant ability to deliver the highest standards regardless of their whereabouts, environment or circumstances. Responsibilities are plentiful and can range from serving food and drinks to a member of the royal household to working in a busy Mess or looking after passengers returning from contingency operations. Trade training, through life development, and continuous on the job training throughout your chosen career will provide you with an essential toolkit to deal with any eventuality. Service caterers are highly regarded and considered by many to be second to none.

Course content

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Food and Beverage Service
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverage Service)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Further information

Aircraftsman Gemma Ward Logistic (Caterer) joined the Royal Air Force in 2010 and enrolled onto an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering (Food and Beverage Service)

Through her training Gemma achieved exceptional results and reflected an outstanding attitude to the environment. She won a Silver Medal in the Open Caterer Skills Tri Service Culinary Competition, Exercise Joint Caterer 2012. Taking ownership of her learning journey and professional development she has proven to be an ambassador for the Catering Apprenticeship Scheme.

When asked if she thought the apprenticeship scheme was a worthwhile she replied:

“Absolutely, the experience was a real challenge and fantastic opportunity. The support I received in trade training, at my first unit RAF Benson and now as a member of 10 Sqn Cabin Crew has been incredible. I am extremely proud of my career and my achievements as a Logistics (Caterer) since joining the Royal Air Force”

SAC Gemma Ward was awarded - Trade Group 19 Apprentice of the Year 2012 and RAF Apprentice of the Year 2012

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: 1 year