RAF Firefighter - Intermediate Apprenticeship in Aviation Operations on the Ground RAF

RAF Firefighters provide 24/7 fire and crash rescue protection. They’re organised and trained to respond to any emergency with highly specialised equipment like powerful cutting tools.

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2018

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 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    03 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


Typical responsibilities:

  • Evaluate tactical situations, formulate a plan and brief troops
  • Lead a flight of around 30 men to protect RAF aircraft, people and bases
  • Operate in peacekeeping, counter terrorist and full-scale war situations


Similar civilian roles include: Aviation Firefighter, Local Authority Fire & Rescue Firefighter & Fire Risk Assessor.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

Please view the eligibility criteira on the RAF Recruitment website.

Personal qualities

17.5 yrs-35 yrs

Qualifications required

You must have a minimum of GCSEs at Grade C (Grade 4 to 5 with effect from Aug 17) or equivalent in English language and Mathematics or SCE Standard Grade at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English and Mathematics or equivalent.

You must hold current full UK driving licence.  For candidates under the age of 20 years and 6 months at time of applying, the licence must be free from record of conviction or penalty points, including any driving ban (even if it has expired) as these preclude the holding of a LGV category licence. Candidates over this age with unexpired penalty points may be considered for service in the trade of Firefighter.

Candidates must not wear glasses or contact lenses.

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 by competitive selection Opportunities may also exist for suitable individuals to Commission into the Flight Operations (Fire) Branch. Because you’ll have all the development opportunities and career prospects of your civilian counterparts, along with civilian accredited qualifications, whenever you decide to leave the RAF you’ll be well placed to find a job as a civilian fire-fighter.

Things to consider

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

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 2 Diploma in Aviation Operations on the Ground
Level 2 Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground (Knowledge)
Level 2 Functional Skills in English
Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
Employee Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Apprenticeship framework

Unknown Framework

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 2018