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Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering (Chef) 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 chefs pride themselves on their constant ability to deliver the highest standards of food regardless of their whereabouts, environment or circumstances. Responsibilities are plentiful and can range from preparing and serving food for a member of the royal household to catering for the masses on 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 chefs are highly regarded and considered by many to be second to none.

Course content

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery)
  • 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 Aaron Marshall Logistic (Chef) joined the Royal Air Force in 2013 and enrolled onto an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering (Professional Cookery).

During his career Aaron has proven to be an ambassador for the Catering Apprenticeship Scheme. He won Gold Medal Best in Class as Junior Chef of the Year at the Tri Service Culinary Competition, Exercise Joint Caterer 2013. Moreover, his excellent attitude and potential has earned him a place on the prestigious Combined Services Culinary Arts Team.

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

“Definitely, the experience and challenge has been really enjoyable. The support and encouragement I have received has been fantastic during trade training and on my first unit, RAF Benson. The Catering Apprenticeship Team and my Line Management have really helped in my development which has encouraged me to seek both Service and educational opportunities to further develop my skills”.

SAC Aaron Marshall was awarded - Trade Group 19 Apprentice of the Year 2014 and Overall Catering Training Squadron Student of the Year 2014.

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


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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.