RAF Air & Ground Steward - Full Time Career with Apprenticeship Royal Air Force

A unique opportunity to complete an advanced apprenticeship as an Air & Ground Steward with an OFSTED outstanding training provider. You'll will be working on some of the most advanced aircraft in the world and play a key part in the UKs defence. Providing excellent customer service to passengers while ensuring their comfort and safety.

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

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Closing date: 01 Oct 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The minimum pay in your first year is £19,100. On completion of training and one years’ service you will earn £22,286, increasing incrementally year on year.

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed on assignment to your first station after training.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2023

  • Date posted

    08 Jun 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    24 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Your duties will include

  • Greeting passengers as they board and exit the plane
  • Providing special attention to passengers as required
  • Serving meals and refreshments
  • Checking the condition and provision of on-board emergency equipment and information for passengers, demonstrating emergency equipment and safety procedures
  • As well as administering first aid and dealing with passenger or crew emergencies

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • On successful completion of the application and selection process, your apprenticeship will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton sin Buckinghamshire
  • The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle
  • All entrants will complete specialist food service training at the Food Services Training School (Air) at Worthy Down, pre-employment land and sea survival training at Defence Survival Training Organisation, RAF St Mawgan. Decompression Training at the Aviation Medicine Training Wing, RAF Henlow and A330-200 Cabin Crew training at the Air Tanker Academy, RAF Brize Norton, before finishing their flying training with Sqn instructors on 10 Sqn/101 Sqn
  • Cabin crew standard level 3

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The apprenticeship is a gateway to a full-time career in the Royal Air Force
  • Promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is dependent on successful completion of the apprenticeship and then on merit by competitive selection
  • As you advance through the ranks, you will have the increased opportunity to lead and direct people, managing resources and workforce within your area of work to deliver the required outputs whilst maintaining and instilling the highest standards expected within the RAF

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Physical fitness


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade Minimum grade 1) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Mathematics (Grade Minimum grade 1) Essential

Things to consider

The role is varied and, after training, you could be stationed across the UK and beyond. You must also be able to swim 100 metres, tread water for 2 minutes and get out of the pool at the deep end unaided and fully clothed.

About the employer

The Royal Air Force work with our UK and international partners to watch the skies, respond to threats, prevent conflict, and provide assistance in an uncertain world. We provide all personnel with a varied range of training and activities to make sure you're ready for anything. A career in the Royal Air Force will provide you with a whole host of possibilities. You will receive world class training, allowing you to learn and develop throughout your career. We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore the closing and start dates.


Royal Air Force





0345 6055555

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Cabin crew

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

You'll be directed through to the RAF Recruitment Website where more detail on the role is available. We have positions available for this role throughout the year and the process can take a few months. Once you have completed an application you will be invited to complete an aptitude assessment, selection interview, health assessment and a fitness test. More details of the requirement can be found at the application link.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Oct 2023