RAF Photographer - Advanced Apprenticeship in Photo Imaging RAF

Photographers play a range of roles in the RAF, capturing everything from aerial reconnaissance images to public relations portraits.

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

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2019

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £14,931.00 - £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.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jul 2018

  • Date posted

    03 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


Typical Responsibilities:

  • Gather photographic evidence for engineering, security and accident investigations
  • Print target identification images for aircrew
  • Shoot video training films

Similar civilian roles include Commercial and industrial photographer, Medical photographer,  Photographic laboratory technician or TV/film/video photographer.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Please view the eligibility criteira on the RAF Recruitment website.

Personal qualities

16–30 (Must attest before 30th birthday)

Qualifications required

GCSEs at Grade C or equivalent (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) in English language, Mathematics or SCE Standard Grades at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English and Mathematics.

Future prospects

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. The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you’ll be well placed to find a new job. These include commercial and industrial photographer, crime scene/medical photographer, photographic laboratory technician, TV, film and video photographer, graphic illustrator and image consultant.

Things to consider

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed below.

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

Level 3 Diploma in Photo Imaging Competence
Level 3 Certificate in Photo Image Capture and
Presentation (Technical Certificate)
Level 2 Functional Skills in English
Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
Employee Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Photo Imaging

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence

Employer's Application Instructions

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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 02 Oct 2019