RAF Driver - Full Time Career with Apprenticeship

Royal Air Force

Bristol, BS1 4TZ

Closes in 11 days (Thursday 1 August)

Posted on 4 October 2023


Summary

A opportunity to complete an advanced apprenticeship as an RAF Driver. You'll will be working with some of the most interesting vehicles in the world and play a key part in the UKs defence. With places available throughout the year, Apply today!

Annual wage
£21,091 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Large goods vehicle (LGV) driver C + E (level 2)
Hours
Shifts to be confirmed on assignment to your first station after training.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Sunday 1 September

Duration

2 Years

Positions available

85

Work

As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • 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 in 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
  • Your next step will be the specialist driving course at the Defence School of Transport at Leconfield in East Yorkshire, which takes up to four months. During this course you will be trained to pass driving tests in Categories B, C, C+E and D; you will also learn additional military driving skills such as Vehicle Loading and Restraint, Off Road Driving, Skid Avoidance and Recovery Techniques as well as the procedures and regulations for carrying dangerous goods by road (ADR)
  • At the end of the course, you will have passed your driving tests (if you haven’t already done so before you join) and earned the SQA ADR Driver Training Certificate for Carrying Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR)
  • You will also be well on the way to achieving an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level2) in Driving Goods Vehicles

Where you’ll work

Bristol

BS1 4TZ

Training

An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation

BRITISH ARMY

Your training course

Large goods vehicle (LGV) driver C + E (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Drive safely and efficiently on public and private roads, and manoeuvre the vehicle in restricted spaces; safely use and position vehicle fitted equipment (eg mobile cranes)
  • Proficiently control the vehicle taking into account the size and type of vehicle and trailer
  • Use relevant equipment and machinery safely and efficiently to ensure the safe handling of customer goods, safely open and restrain trailer and vehicle body doors.
  • Carry out delivery and other relevant activities in a safe and efficient manner complying with relevant systems and processes, following instructions and organisational policy
  • Prepare the vehicle and the load for deliveries, including safely using and positioning vehicle fitted equipment; carry out vehicle safety checks and deal with or report any defects or maintenance issues to the appropriate person; complete daily walk round check sheets
  • Ensure the vehicle is correctly loaded and is safely secured to minimize chances of damage or load shifting
  • Ensure techniques are used to protect the vehicle and load from theft and damage.
  • Effectively plan the most economical route to be used, minimising waste and loss; plan, prioritise and adapt accordingly when situations arise out of the normal routine
  • Use relevant IT systems appropriately and in line with organisational requirements.
  • Fully comply with appropriate legislation and regulation within the transport industry
  • Work safely adhering to the health, safety guidelines e.g. manual handling
  • Use Appropriate methods to communicate effectively with customers and colleagues in line with organisational standards
  • Work independently using own initiative.
  • Work closely with suppliers and customers to ensure any problems, damages or anomalies are corrected.
  • Work as part of a team, showing an ability to work under pressure and to agreed deadlines.
  • Support colleagues and contribute to achieving objectives or goals.
  • Use and connect to the correct type of trailer and its operating systems
  • Drive safely and efficiently on public and private roads, and manoeuvre the vehicle in restricted spaces; safely use and position vehicle fitted equipment (eg mobile cranes)
  • Proficiently control the vehicle taking into account the size and type of vehicle and trailer
  • Use relevant equipment and machinery safely and efficiently to ensure the safe handling of customer goods, safely open and restrain trailer and vehicle body doors.
  • Carry out delivery and other relevant activities in a safe and efficient manner complying with relevant systems and processes, following instructions and organisational policy
  • Prepare the vehicle and the load for deliveries, including safely using and positioning vehicle fitted equipment; carry out vehicle safety checks and deal with or report any defects or maintenance issues to the appropriate person; complete daily walk round check sheets
  • Ensure the vehicle is correctly loaded and is safely secured to minimize chances of damage or load shifting
  • Ensure techniques are used to protect the vehicle and load from theft and damage.
  • Effectively plan the most economical route to be used, minimising waste and loss; plan, prioritise and adapt accordingly when situations arise out of the normal routine
  • Use relevant IT systems appropriately and in line with organisational requirements.
  • Fully comply with appropriate legislation and regulation within the transport industry
  • Work safely adhering to the health, safety guidelines e.g. manual handling
  • Use Appropriate methods to communicate effectively with customers and colleagues in line with organisational standards
  • Work independently using own initiative.
  • Work closely with suppliers and customers to ensure any problems, damages or anomalies are corrected.
  • Work as part of a team, showing an ability to work under pressure and to agreed deadlines.
  • Use and connect to the correct type of trailer and its operating systems
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.

    Requirements

    Desirable qualifications

    Other in:

    • No requirement (grade No requirement)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.

    Skills

    • Organisation skills
    • Number skills
    • Logical
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Patience
    • Physical fitness

    Other requirements

    The role is varied and, after training, you could be stationed across the UK and beyond.

    About this company

    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.

    https://recruitment.raf.mod.uk/ (opens in new tab)

    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

    Ask a question

    The contact for this apprenticeship is:

    BRITISH ARMY

    0345 6055555

    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000203193.

    Apply now

    Closes in 11 days (Thursday 1 August)

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