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Advanced Apprenticeship in Aviation Operations on the Ground (Flight Ops) 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 recognises that a large number of recruits are keen to gain civilian qualifications whilst completing their military training. At the Central Air Traffic Control School our apprenticeship programme gives them the opportunity to do this, initially on the FOAC and then in the workplace. All registration and certification fees are paid for and Apprentices are supported throughout their 3 year training period both in the school and after they graduate.

Course content

  • Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Operations on the Ground
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate in Aviation Environment (4955)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Further information

“I’m currently completing the Apprenticeship which I have found to be a challenging but rewarding experience. Throughout the process I’ve learned a great deal about subjects such as Health and Safety, aviation security and wildlife control. I’ve picked up knowledge and skills that are outside of my usual day to day role that will be usful in and out of miltary life. Certain units are concerned with career management and making improvements within your workplace, which has prompted me to re-evaluate my own goals and make positive changes to the way in which my job is carried out. Through working towards the Apprenticeship I’ve developed my own time management and research skills, which will prove invaluable should I choose to seek out further higher education opportunities. Overall the Apprenticeship scheme has encouraged me to seek out new tasks outside of my normal job and make improvements to both my own career plans and help me improve my workplace.”

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


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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.