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  1. Today we will talk about… • The role of the Royal Air Force, its work with other Armed Forces and its structure • Where we are • RAF history • Advantages/disadvantages of RAF life • Recruitment, selection and training • Range of careers available • Entry requirements • RAF sponsorship • Finding out more

  2. The role of the RAF • Defence of our country • Search and rescue • Disaster relief

  3. Other Armed Forces • The British Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force work closely together, both at home and abroad • We often work alongside allied forcesfrom other countries as well • Working with the other Armed Forces gives us a stronger presence and greater impactduring operations

  4. RAF structure Non-commissioned Commissioned Leading Aircraftman/woman Senior Aircraftman/woman Junior Technician Corporal Sergeant Chief Technician Flight Sergeant Warrant Officer Pilot Officer Flying Officer Flight Lieutenant Squadron Leader Wing Commander Group Captain

  5. Where we are • 23 major bases across the UK

  6. Where we are • Permanent bases overseas and operational deployments worldwide

  7. RAF history • RAF formed in 1918, during WWI • Oldest professional air force • First independent air force • Crucial role during WWII, e.g. the Battle of Britain • Since then, roles in the Cold War, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq • Search and rescue and disaster relief

  8. Disadvantages of RAF life • May go to war • Homesickness • Discipline • Nomadic lifestyle

  9. Advantages of RAF life • Pay and conditions • Professional and academic training • Responsibility • Transferable skills • Career structure • Travel opportunities • Sport and adventure • Lifestyle • Medical and dental care • Subsidised food and accommodation • Facilities and support

  10. Recruitment Target for 2008/09: 4,559 There are more than 50 different careers on offer

  11. What we are looking for Smart appearance Self-confidence Maturity Ability to communicate Leadership potential Fitness Teamwork Reasoning skills Motivation Respect Integrity Courage Honesty Responsibility Sense of justice Loyalty Commitment

  12. Selection • British/Commonwealth citizen since birth • UK resident during the past five years • Meet joining-age criterion (varies by trade) • Possess minimum educational qualifications (vary by trade) • Pass aptitude test at AFCO • Pass selection interview • Pass medical examination • Pass fitness test The RAF is an equal opportunities employer

  13. Training Military training • Airmen and airwomen – 9 weeks’ military training at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire • Officers – 30 weeks of Initial Officer Training at the RAF College Cranwell in Lincolnshire Specialist job training • Anything up to 18 months, depending on which job you have been selected to do

  14. RAF career branches • Aircrew • Engineering and technical • Catering and hospitality • Force protection • Medical and medical support • Personnel support • Air operations support • Communications and intelligence • Logistics and equipment

  15. Sixth form scholarships Scholarships of up to £2,000 are available for Year 13 students who want to join the RAF in the following roles: • Pilot • Air Traffic Controller • Fighter Controller • Engineer Officer • Medical Officer

  16. Welbeck Welbeck is the Defence Sixth Form College Students interested in a career as an Engineer Officer, Medical Officer or Dental Officer can apply to Welbeck Students study for A-levels and take part in a full range of sport, social and leadership activities The college is heavily subsidised, so students study there at little or no cost

  17. University sponsorship • Future Engineer Officers can receive up to £12,000 during their studies. Payments are generally grants, not loans. We expect a commitment in return.

  18. Finding out more • Visit: Your local Armed Forces Careers Office • Call: 0845 605 5555 • Go online to: www.raf.mod.uk/careers www.raftarget.com www.raf.mod.uk/altitude www.welbeck.mod.uk

  19. www.raf.mod.uk/careers • More information about the RAF and how to decide if it’s for you • Details of each career • Details of scholarships available • Interactive virtual RAF interview • Personality test • Live web chat • Blogs from new recruits • RAF Afghan video diaries • RAF simulator games • Free fitness training programme • And much more…

  20. www.raftarget.com • RAF Target is a website for 11–16s • It contains exciting interactive science and maths activities that put the curriculum in a real-life RAF context • You can monitor your progress and work towards earning certificates

  21. www.raf.mod.uk/altitude • Altitude is for 8–18-year-olds who want a taste of life in the RAF • It includes information about the latest aircraft, fantastic sports and activities, the history of the RAF, new technology, great games and downloads, exciting careers and news of upcoming air shows and events

  22. www.welbeck.mod.uk More information for those thinking of applying to Welbeck, the Defence Sixth Form College, including the facilities it can offer and what it’s like to study there

  23. Any questions?

  24. Aircrew trades • Pilot • Weapon Systems Officer • Weapon Systems Operator (Acoustic) • Weapon Systems Operator (Crewman) • Weapon Systems Operator (Electronic Warfare) • Weapon Systems Operator (Linguist) Back

  25. Engineering and technical trades • Aircraft Technician (Avionics) • Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) • Engineer Officer • General Technician Electrical • General Technician Mechanical • General Technician Workshops • Survival Equipment Fitter • Weapon Technician Back

  26. Catering and hospitality trades • Air Steward/Steward • Catering Officer • Chef Back

  27. Force protection trades • Firefighter • RAF Police • RAF Police Officer • RAF Regiment Gunner • RAF Regiment Officer Back

  28. Medical and medical support trades • Dental Nurse • Dental Officer • Dental Technician • Environmental Health Technician • Biomedical Scientist • RAF Medic • Medical Officer • Medical Support Officer • Back • Nursing Officer • Operating Department Practitioner • Pharmacy Technician • Radiographer • Registered Nurse (Adult) • Registered Nurse (Mental Health) • Student Nurse (Adult)

  29. Personnel support trades • Administrative Officer • Chaplain • Legal Officer • Musician • Personnel Administrator • Physical Education Officer • Physical Training Instructor • Training Officer Back

  30. Air operations support trades • Aerospace Systems Operator • Air Cartographer • Air Traffic Control Officer • Aerospace Battle Manager • Flight Operations Assistant • Flight Operations Officer Back

  31. Communications and intelligence trades • Aerial Erector • ICT Specialist • Intelligence Analyst • Intelligence Analyst (Voice) • Intelligence Officer • Photographer Back

  32. Logistics and equipment trades • Driver • Mover • Supplier • Supply Officer Back

  33. Pilot • Job description: Pilot fast-jet, multi-engine or rotary-wing aircraft • Pay after training: £33,050 • Joining age: 17½–23 • Qualifications: 2 A-levels or 3 Highers or equivalent. 5 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths Back

  34. Weapon Systems Officer • Job description: Manage air-to-air combat from the back seat of a Tornado aircraft, or operate systems in other aircraft • Pay after training: £33,050 • Joining age: 17½–25 • Qualifications: 2 A-levels or 3 Highers or equivalent. 5 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths Back

  35. Weapon Systems Operator (Acoustic) • Job description: Hunt submarines and ships from on board RAF reconnaissance aircraft • Pay after training: £33,775 • Joining age: 17½–37 • Qualifications: 5 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths Back

  36. Weapon Systems Operator (Crewman) • Job description: Work in Search and Rescue in our coastal and mountain regions or deliver troops and supplies safely around the world • Pay after training: £33,775 • Joining age: 17½–37 • Qualifications: 5 GSCEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths Back

  37. Weapon Systems Operator (Electronic Warfare) • Job description: Scan the skies from on board RAF reconnaissance aircraft • Pay after training: £33,775 • Joining age: 17½–37 • Qualifications: 5 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent, including English language and maths Back

  38. Weapon Systems Operator (Linguist) • Job description: Language skills coupled with operational flying as a member of a highly trained crew • Pay after training: £33,775 • Joining age: 17½–37 • Qualifications: 5 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent, including English language, maths and a modern language. If you do not have a GCSE/SCE in a modern language, you may still be accepted if you can demonstrate an aptitude to learn foreign languages Back

  39. Aircraft Technician (Avionics) • Job description: Maintain all electrical and electronic equipment on aircraft • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 3 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject Back

  40. Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) • Job description: Maintain aircraft and their mechanical systems, including engines • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 3 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject Back

  41. Engineer Officer • Job description: Maintain communications links (Communications/Electronics) or weapons and aircraft systems (Aerosystems) • Pay after training: £28,950 • Joining age: 21–36 • Qualifications: Degree – but professional qualifications are also considered. GCSEs/SCEs including English language at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent Back

  42. General Technician Electrical • Job description: Repair and maintain vehicles and ground-based electrical equipment used to support aircraft operations  • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 3 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject Back

  43. General Technician Mechanical • Job description: Maintain vehicles and ground-based equipment used to support aircraft and general RAF operations, including trucks, cranes, ground power units, fuel tankers and fire engines, air compressors and air conditioning units • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 3 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject Back

  44. General Technician Workshops • Job description: Handle a wide range of engineering machinery, plant and processes – from milling machines to the manufacture of sheet metal parts • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 3 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject Back

  45. Survival Equipment Fitter • Job description: Look after the safety and survival equipment used by aircrew • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 2 GCSEs/SCEs at grade G/6 minimum or equivalent in English language and maths Back

  46. Weapon Technician • Job description: Maintain aircraft ejector seat systems, load arms and explosives on RAF aircraft and maintain their carriage and release systems • Pay after one year: £17,475 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 3 GCSEs/SCEs at Grade C/3 minimum or equivalent in English language, maths and an approved science/technology-based subject Back

  47. Air Steward/Steward • Job description: Run dining rooms, bars in Officers’ and Sergeants’ Messes, and be responsible for in-flight meals and safety • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 2 GCSEs/SCEs at grade G/6 minimum or equivalent in English language and maths Back

  48. Chef • Job description: Prepare in-flight meals, work in transit hotels, cater in the field under canvas and cook for VIPs • Pay after one year: £16,675 • Joining age: 16–29 • Qualifications: 2 GCSEs/SCEs at grade G/6 minimum or equivalent in English language and maths Back