Cyberspace Communications Specialist RAF

The RAF relies upon a complex network of communication, radar and information systems around the world. Cyberspace Communication Specialists are responsible for maintaining and repairing these systems.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2018

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £14,900.00 - £18,489.00

  • Working week

    Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    130 weeks

  • Possible start date

    20 Jun 2017

  • Date posted

    23 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number

    VAC001236061

Initial Training

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 a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

Specialist Training

The next step is a Trade training course at No 1 Radio School (No 1 RS), Cosford, near Wolverhampton; a first-class training establishment. This foundation course is approx 12 months long and is designed to prepare you for your first tours by giving you a breadth of skills and knowledge across the full range of duties you may be employed in. You will study a range of subjects, including: electronic principles; radar and radio principles; mathematics; satellite and data communications; video-conferencing; information systems and network administration and security. In addition you will also be instructed in health and safety, maintenance practices, procedures and hands-on technical skills required to deploy and maintain our range of communications information networks and sensors.

Additional Qualification Opportunities

No 1 Radio School is a Microsoft- and Cisco-accredited academy, and the training you will receive is recognised by a wide range of civilian employers and backed by transferable qualifications. As a Cyberspace Communication Specialist, you will be enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Communications Technologies during your specialist training. You'll go on to the BTEC National Award in Communications Electronic Engineering/Technology at Level 3 and you’ll also be able to start the Communications Technology Professional Level 3 NVQ, which can be completed in the workplace during your first tour. You can also gain a Foundation Degree in Information Technology and Communications from Staffordshire University.

Ongoing Training/Development Opportunities

A major advantage of being a Cyberspace Communication Specialist is the breadth and diversity of the jobs that you could be employed in. Further training is open to you to ensure that you are properly trained for your roles. Some people will undertake training that involves the more complex electrical/electronic principles and radar and radio theory. Skills in this area would allow you to develop the deeper technical skills in order to analyse and investigate the more complex faults and carry out specialist in-depth repair. If required, specialist training will be given in application support, web-skills, database and network management and CYBER security to assure the integrity and efficient operation and management of the RAF’s and other military networks.

Your First Tour

During your first tour, you will be employed as part of a team responsible for managing your unit’s ICT systems. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, which may include maintenance tasks associated with satellite terminals, Fibre Optics, aircraft support and other systems vital to the operation of the RAF. Alternatively you could be employed on an airfield maintaining air traffic services, within an information hub (IHub), where you will be the first port of call providing advice on software applications, information management and exploitation and system administration or within an engineering section repairing IT systems and installing software and hardware.

Your Future Career Prospects/Progression

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 April 2015. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and will require the completion of further periods of Command and Management Training to prepare you for the demands of your new rank.

Transferable Skills

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. When added to your RAF experience, you will be well placed and in demand by any potential civilian employers.


Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Please view the eligibility criteira on the RAF Recruitment website.

Personal qualities

Please view the eligibility criteria on the RAF Recruitment website.

Qualifications required

You need GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in Mathematics, English language or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Mathematics, English and an approved science/technology-based subject.

If you do not hold a qualification in an approved Science or Technology-based subject, you can still apply as a qualified ICT Technician provided you have the required English Language and Mathematics grades. You will also need to achieve a slightly higher score in the relevant part of the entry test at an Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO); further information and advice will be available from your local AFCO.

A list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found on the RAF Recruitment Website.

Future prospects

You will initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years, although you have options to leave at different stages of your career, during training etc, but are required to do a minimum return of service post your phase two training. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and will require the completion of further periods of Command and Management Training to prepare you for the demands of your new rank.

Things to consider

As with any role in the RAF you could be posted anywhere the RAF has a station, both in the UK or around the world. So you should expect to move every 2-5 years and sometimes spend time away from home. Full information is available on the RAF Recruitment website. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Today's modern RAF is the UK's aerial, peacekeeping and fighting force. It's made up of impressive full-time Regulars and spare-time Reserves who come from diverse backgrounds and work side-by-side to make a difference at home and abroad. When it comes to recruitment our focus is attracting the best personnel, and ensuring they're well taken care of during and after their service in the RAF. We offer 60+ roles ranging from drivers and photographers to engineers and nurses, but the opportunity and lifestyle that comes with joining the RAF is bigger than that. Regardless of role, gender, age, background or qualifications, we offer: World-class training and ongoing development. A highly competitive benefits package. A culture of camaraderie. Individual responsibility within a wider team of exceptional individuals. Full-time Regular and spare-time Reserve commitment levels. The ability to see and stay in touch with your friends and family, while also forging new friendships. Sporting opportunities and facilities. Top-of the line kit. The opportunity to be part of an equal opportunity organisation listed as one of the Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

Training provider

“The specialist training provided by Number 1 Radio School, DSCIS Cosford a first-class training establishment that is both a Microsoft and CISCO Accredited Training Academy, is widely recognised by civilian industry. Students also regularly undertake sporting activities and assist in local community projects which develop and enhance essential skill-sets including; communication, leadership, team bonding and decision making; in tandem with airmanship qualities and  complimentary personal attributes. The incorporation of Functional Skills has been strongly influenced by employer feedback, indicating the need for a workforce who could develop and apply problem solving strategies; over a range of testing and unfamiliar scenarios. Continual learner support and progression reviews are provided and regularly monitored throughout their training course, and continue for a period of at least a year on posting to their new unit, to help improve and consolidate individual learning performance.”

Level 3 Diploma in Professional
Competence for IT and Telecoms
Professionals
Level 3 Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles
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

Apprenticeship framework

IT, Software, Web & Telecoms Professionals

Training provider

DEFENCE, MINISTRY OF

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


Employer's Application Instructions

You will gain the apprenticeship as part of the phase two (trade) training as part of your Royal Air Force Career.


This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Dec 2018