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Advanced Apprenticeship for IT Application Specialist (Aerospace System Operator) 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.

Aerospace Systems Operators are required to operate complex IT based Air Defence Systems to ensure that UK forces can safely and effectively operate in any worldwide theatre of operations. The apprentice develops enhanced essential IT skills whilst concurrently gaining specialist bespoke knowledge. Workshops during Basic Training provide the under pinning knowledge that an apprentice can put into practical use, be it in the day to day work place or in an Operational Environment on specialist IT equipment.

Course content

  • Level 3 Diploma in IT User Skills (ITQ)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Information and Communications Technology
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Further information

“I haven’t found the tasks or assessments too difficult as I had built on my general understanding of IT throughout the course. I thought I had a good level of IT before the course, but it has grown significantly which I am happy with”

“I found the workshops beneficial as I was taught new skills before having to put them into practice”

“I learned new skills, in particular when using I.T in the RAF. My general ability was good, but learning to use it in order to prepare myself for RAF specific tasks will help me in the future.”

“I enjoyed improving my presentation and defence writing skills, at this will help me throughout my career”.

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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: 12 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.