RAF Apprentice Cyberspace Communications Specialist (ICT Tech) - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £18,192.00 to £20,400.00
40.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8am - 5pm Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Working times will be discussed.
39 months (duration)
1 February 2022(start date)
Information communications technician (apprenticeship standard)
1 January 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As a Cyberspace Communications Specialist you will be responsible for the technology at the heart of the RAF. It will be your job to set up, operate and maintain the technology the RAF relies on to communicate.


  • Gain an advanced modern apprenticeship and a pathway to a degree
  • Protect and defend the RAFs cyberspace
  • Specialist support to next generation air platforms and network enabled capabilities

Cyberspace Communications Specialists ensure the RAF remains at the cutting edge of technological advances, essential for the RAF to able to communicate effectively and move information around safely and securely.

You will work as part of a highly trained and technologically skilled workforce that will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks; ranging anywhere from

  • Safeguarding our UK-based IT networks from intrusions
  • Coordinating the RAF’s vast array of information,
  • Establishing overseas networks and equipment for Deployed Commanders and Air Traffic Services

The technical knowledge is challenging, but the benefits, the achievements, and the impacts are highly rewarding.

Future Prospects

After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection and will require the completion of further periods of Command and Management Training to prepare you for the demands of your new rank.

One of the many advantages of being a Cyberspace Communications Specialist in the ICT Tech Trade is the incredible breadth and diversity of the roles that you could be employed in. Further specialist training is available to you to ensure that you are properly trained for your roles. Some people will undertake training that involves the more complex electrical/electronic principles and radar and radio theory. Skills in this area would allow you to develop the deeper technical skills required to analyse and investigate the more complex faults and carry out specialist in-depth repair. If required, specialist training will be given in application support, web-skills, database and network management and cyberspace security to assure the integrity and efficient operation and management of the RAF’s and other military networks.

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF. When added to your RAF experience, you will be well placed and in demand by any potential civilian employers.

Skills Required

Please view the eligibility criteria on the RAF Recruitment website.

Qualities Required

Please view the eligibility criteria on the RAF Recruitment website.

Qualifications Required

You need GCSEs at Grade C/4 or equivalent in mathematics, English language or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in mathematics, English and preferably an approved science/technology-based subject.

If you do not hold a qualification in an approved Science or Technology-based subject, you can still apply as a qualified Cyberspace Communications Specialist provided you have the required English Language and mathematics grades. You will also need to achieve a slightly higher score in the relevant part of the entry test at an Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO); further information and advice will be available from your local AFCO.

A list of approved Science and Technology qualifications can be found on the RAF Recruitment Website.

Training Provided


Your training will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the World. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.


The next step is a Trade training course at No 1 Radio School (No 1 RS), Cosford, near Wolverhampton; a first-class training establishment. This foundation course is approx. 35 Weeks long and is designed to prepare you for your first tours by giving you a breadth of skills and knowledge across the full range of duties you may be employed in. You will study a range of subjects, including electronic and radio principles; mathematics; Cisco Academy IT Essentials; Cisco Introduction to Networks; Microsoft Server 2K12, Relational Databases, Programming Techniques, satellite and data communications; information systems and network administration and Cyber security. In addition, you will also be instructed in health and safety, maintenance practices, procedures and hands-on technical skills required to deploy and maintain our range of communications information networks and sensors.


The training you will received at No 1 Radio School, Cosford, is  recognised by a wide range of civilian employers and backed by transferable qualifications. During your specialist training as a Cyberspace Communication Specialist, you will be enrolled on a Information Communication Technician Apprenticeship Standard which is a Level 3 qualification; all knowledge requirements will be completed during your technical training, skills & behaviours will be captured within the work place during your first tour. You can also gain a Foundation Degree in Computing Science from Staffordshire University.

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