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RAF Chef - Level 2 Apprenticeship In Production (Chef) RAF

As a chef in the RAF, you will have a varied role, preparing food at five-star themed banquets one day and cooking in the field the next. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate.

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

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Closing date: 01 Apr 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £18,192.00 - £20,400.00

  • Working week

    Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8am-5pm Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Total hours per week: 37.00.

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Expected duration

    104 weeks

  • Possible start date

    02 Apr 2022

  • Date posted

    27 Apr 2021

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


An RAF Chef is the Force Sustainer who plans, prepares and delivers culinary excellence in our production kitchens and in the field.


  • Working as part of a team in time-bound and often challenging kitchen environments.
  • You will develop outstanding culinary skills in all disciplines of food production.
  • You will be in demand all over the world.

The RAF Chef training program will provide you with the required organisational, time management, communication and number skills you require to stay calm under pressure. You can be employed in various environments; In Military Messes where you will work with the industrial partner to prepare hotel standard fare and provide gastronomy dining experiences for Military personnel, In a Field kitchen providing catering support for Exercises and Operations worldwide or in an InFlight Catering production kitchen producing meals for fast jet pilots, helicopter crews and large aircraft crew and passengers travelling to all corners of the globe. With experience, you could volunteer to work in our VIP Team and cook for high ranking Officers, Government Ministers and even members of the Royal Family. If selected, you could compete in culinary competitions and eventually gain an invitation to represent the Royal Air Force on the Combined Services Culinary Arts Team who compete internationally against the best industry Chefs in the world. Your day-to-day tasks will vary dependent on your role, but they will include; working with the strategies of our Industrial Partners to prepare attractive menus that meet set standards, following specifications to maintain quality and control, adhering to hygiene, health and safety regulations whilst instilling a knowledge of allergens, nutrition and diets so you can cater to the diverse Royal Air Force family.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

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Personal qualities

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Desired qualifications

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Future prospects

For your first tour, you will be working in either an Officers’, Sergeants’ or Junior Ranks’ Mess where you will produce a wide range of high quality food. You will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for your first operational tour of duty, either supporting 3 MCS in the field or on a deployed Airfield anywhere in the world. The consolidation period includes your Trade Ability Tests (TATs), successful completion of TATs demonstrates that an individual has achieved an initial level of competence. These are a pre-requisite for promotion to the rank of SAC. A first tour is always demanding but also highly rewarding, you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of the team.

Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. We want you to grow and experience all the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities that being an RAF Chef has to offer, but it will be up to you manage your career and tell us when you are ready for a new challenge. You can expect to remain in your first post for 2-3 years and following tours will be 3 - 5 years. SACs can be employed on Catering Retail and Leisure Units, 3 Mobile Catering Squadron and on VIP duties. On promotion to Corporal you can add Instructional duties and embedded Chef on RAF Regiment Sqns to possible employment areas.

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. This means that there are opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and other associated qualifications. These include -

  • Catering Advanced Skills Course
  • Catering Supervisors/Managers Course
  • Advanced Deployed Skills (ADS) Course
  • Food Safety and Nutrition Courses up to Level 4

Qualified Chefs and Catering skills are sought after by civilian organisations. Therefore, on leaving the RAF you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job such as:

  • Head Chef
  • Baker
  • Butcher
  • Catering Manager
  • Consumer Scientist
  • Food Factory Manager
  • Food Manufacturing Inspector
  • Food Scientist
  • Publican
  • Hotel Manager

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


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


RAF Recruitment 0345 605 5555

Your training will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course 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.

If you are joining with little or no catering experience, you will need to complete specialist training at the Food Services Training Wing at Worthy Down. This 14-week course will train you to maintain excellent standards of personal, food and kitchen hygiene whilst using specialist kitchen equipment to produce a variety of dishes. You will also undertake a 10-day Introduction to Deployed Operations with No 3 Mobile Catering Squadron (3 MCS) where you will be trained to set up field kitchens under tentage, this skill will enable you to provide catering support to deployed operations worldwide as well as supporting exercises both based in the UK and abroad.

If you have the relevant qualifications and experience in professional cookery you will be offered the opportunity to undertake a diagnostic test at Food Services Training Wing at Worthy Down prior attestation. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum 80% pass in both the Theory and Practical elements to ensure eligibility for accelerated promotion thereafter. After basic recruit training, successful applicants will automatically progress to the last 4 weeks of the chef course where they will complete familiarisation training and the 10-day introduction to Deployed Operations with 3 MCS.

All Chef entrants are offered the opportunity to enrol on to the Production Chef Intermediate Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship is completed during your first tour of duty following an Independent End Point Assessment The Chef training programme includes the following elements:

  • Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering
  • Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Level 2 Award in Nutrition

Apprenticeship standard

Production chef

Level 2 (GCSE)

Employer's Application Instructions

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

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Closing date: 01 Apr 2022