RAF Air & Ground Steward - Level 3 Cabin Crew Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £16,235.00 to £20,650.00
37.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Total hours per week: 37.00
104 weeks (duration)
2 June 2022(start date)
Cabin crew (apprenticeship standard)
1 June 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an RAF Air & Ground Steward you will work as Cabin Crew on the A330-200 Voyager aircraft and later as part of our Specialist Field catering Squadron or work alongside industry partners in Military Messes.


Once fully trained in Catering Hospitality and RAF Cabin Crew duties you will be responsible for the comfort, safety and welfare of passengers travelling on 10 Sqn or 101 Sqn Voyager aircraft based at RAF Brize Norton. 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. Having gained Voyager experience you could competitively transfer to 32 (The Royal) Squadron, fly on the BAe 146 aircraft based at RAF Northolt and routinely fly with Royals, The Prime Minister and senior members of the Cabinet and HM Forces.

After your first flying tour (unless you transfer to 32 (TR) Sqn) you will be employed on the ground for at least one assignment, this will involve; supporting unit food services working with the strategies of our Industrial Partners or as a member of 3 MCS at RAF Wittering providing military field catering on Operations and Exercises worldwide.

Future Prospects

Your first tour will be as Cabin Crew on the Airbus A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport Aircraft “Voyager”. During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for the rest of your RAF career. The consolidation period includes your Trade Ability Tests (TATs). Successful completion of TATs demonstrates that an individual has achieved an initial level of competence and is a prerequisite for promotion to the rank of SAC, unless you are on a Qualified AGS engagement.
A first tour is always demanding but also highly rewarding and 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 AGS has to offer, but it will be up to you manage your career and tell us when you are ready for a new challenge. Your first posting will be for 3 years plus an additional 1 year, if agreeable to all parties, and all following tours will be 3-5 years. SACs can be employed on Cabin Crew Squadrons, Catering Retail and Leisure Units, 3 Mobile Catering Squadron and on VIP duties. On promotion to Corporal you can add Instructional duties to possible employment areas.


All AGS entrants will be enrolled on the Cabin Crew Apprenticeship Diploma Level 3, Reference: ST0558.

This qualification is recognised by all the trailblazers – British Airways, British Airways City Flyer, Flybe, EasyJet, Virgin, Eastern Airways, BMI Regional & Titan Airways. The apprenticeship is directly transferable to the industry after completion of service.

Skills Required

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Qualities Required

  • Reliable
  • Committed

Qualifications Required

  • You need GCSEs at a minimum of Grade G (Grade 1 to 3) in English Language and

Training Provided

  • Level 3 Cabin crew

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.

All entrants will complete specialist food service training at the Food Services Training Wing, 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 AirTanker Academy, RAF Brize Norton, before finishing their flying training with Sqn instructors on 10 Sqn/101 Sqn.

Due to the multiple agencies involved in this training it will take between 15–16 weeks to complete.


After recruit training, you will still complete the specialist training course to familiarise yourself with A330-200 Cabin Crew duties and food service procedures. On successful completion of the specialist training, you will then qualify for immediate promotion to Senior Aircraftman.

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