TRAINING YOU'LL RECEIVE
Your career will start with 10 weeks of basic recruit training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to military life. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
The next step is a specialist training course at MOD St Athan, near Cardiff, which lasts approximately 54 weeks. You will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship and a team of RAF and civilian instructors will teach you production engineering principles. You will then put the theory into practice when learning the 3 main disciplines of sheet metalwork, welding and machining. On successful completion of the training course, you will be awarded a City & Guilds Level 3 Progression Award in Engineering Fabrication and Welding before your first posting. Your specialist training, along with the experience you gain on the job, will lead to the award of an NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Production, and your Advanced Apprenticeship could be completed within 3 years of joining the RAF.