- You will have the opportunity to 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.
SPECIALISATION OVERVIEW - Cyberspace Communications Specialists ensure the RAF remains at the cutting edge of technological advances, essential for the RAF to be 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, all the way to 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.
After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman (SAC), providing you pass Basic Specialisation Training and Trade Ability Tests (TATs). Following completion of TATs, 18 months in rank and your apprenticeship you may advance to SAC(T). 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 specialisation 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 personnel may undertake specialist training to work on the new solid state radar or deployable navigation aids. If required, specialist training will be given in application support, web-skills, database and network management, software and application development, coding 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.
- Good communication skills
- Good organisational skills
- Computer skills
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
Information Communications Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard:
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, where viable, 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