RAF Chef - Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality & Catering RAF

RAF Chefs have a varied role when it comes to cooking and preparing food for RAF staff and guests. They can be preparing food at five-star themed banquets one day and cooking in the field the next.

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

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Closing date: 02 Oct 2018

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly 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 (Under 18's) or working shifts 24/7 (Over 18's).

    Total hours per week: 37.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    130 weeks

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


Typical Responsibilities:

  • Prepare meals in RAF messes
  • Order, store and account for food
  • Help plan menus for everyday meals and VIP occasions
  • Prepare in-flight meals for cabin crew and passengers

Similar civilian roles include Chef or Caterer.

Requirements and prospects

Personal qualities

  • Unqualified Chef : 16–35 (Must attest before 36th birthday)
  • Qualified Chef : 19-35 (Must attest before 36th birthday)

The above age limits are a legal requirment for this role within the RAF.

Qualifications required

Unqualified Chef: No GCSE requirements

If you are a Qualified Chef: You should have two to three years of suitable experience working as a chef/cook in a hotel, restaurant, hospital or industrial canteen, or other catering establishment (not fast food). No GCSE requirements but you need to have one of the following:

  • NVQ Level 2 in Food Preparation and Cooking; and Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery)
  • NVQ Level 3 in Food Preparation and Cooking; and Level 3 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery), or Any other appropriate recognised civilian qualification

Future prospects

You gain the apprenticeship as part of phase two (trade) training for the role, meaning you have a guaranteed job the moment you complete it.

The NVQ and Apprenticeship you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a job in the hospitality industry.

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills, including management and leadership. In addition, you will have the opportunity to complete further courses in higher culinary skills, food hygiene, and instructor duties. You will also receive regular training in deployed catering and food ordering, accounting and storage.

Things to consider

To join the RAF you will also need to meet fitness, health, nationality, residency, and other criteria detailed on the RAF Recruitment website. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering 
  • Principles (Professional Cookery)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Functional Skills (If required)

Apprenticeship framework

Catering and Professional Chefs

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


Adam Proctor

Employer's Application Instructions

We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates. To find out more information and begin your application please visit the RAF Recruitment website.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 02 Oct 2018