RAF Weapon Technician - Full Time Career with Apprenticeship

Royal Air Force

Birmingham, B2 4LS

Closes in 11 days (Thursday 1 August)

Posted on 4 October 2023


A unique opportunity to complete an advanced engineering apprenticeship as a Weapon Technician with an Ofsted outstanding training provider. You'll be working with some of the most advanced weapons and aircraft in the world and play a key part in the UKs defence. With over 100 places available across 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
Engineering technician (level 3)
Shifts to be confirmed on assignment to your first station after training.

40 hours a week

Possible start date

Sunday 1 September


3 Years

Positions available



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

  • Whilst completing your Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship, you will also gain a Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Military Foundation Competence), Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (Military) delivered entirely in training and a Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance, the portfolio element completed after training in the workplace
  • On successful completion of the application and selection process, your apprenticeship 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
  • The next step is a specialist training course at Defence School of Aeronautical Engineering Cosford, near Wolverhampton, which lasts about 12 months. This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of your role as an RAF Armament Specialist, including the awareness of explosive safety requirements and the maintenance and repair skills of aircraft weapon systems, weapon launching systems and aircraft escape systems
  • You could also have opportunities for management and leadership training. The qualifications and experience you will gain in your RAF career can support accreditation and membership of industry recognised professional bodies

Where you’ll work


B2 4LS


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


Your training course

Engineering technician (level 3)

Equal to A level

Course contents

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.


Essential qualifications

GCSE or equivalent in:

  • an approved Science/Technology-based subject (grade C/4 or above)
  • English Language (grade C/4 or above)
  • Mathematics (grade C/4 or above)

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


  • Communication skills
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Number skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Team working
  • Initiative
  • Patience
  • Physical fitness

Other requirements

It is a job with a great deal of responsibility as the equipment you handle is often extremely dangerous and safety is always crucial. The role may require deployments overseas, working on flight lines or maintaining weapons in bays. 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 Engineering Technician 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:


0345 6055555

The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000203298.

Apply now

Closes in 11 days (Thursday 1 August)

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