RAF Driver - Intermediate Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles - Intermediate (Level 2)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,670.00 to £53,197.00
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 December 2020(start date)
Driving Goods Vehicles (apprenticeship standard)
1 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an RAF Driver, you will operate many vehicle types, from cars and minibuses to cranes, articulated trucks, coaches and specialist vehicles (such as aircraft refuellers) to ensure RAF personnel, equipment and commodities are in the right place at the right time.


  • Logistics (Driver)s are required to drive and operate a wide range of general and specialist vehicles, from Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCVs, which include cars, minibuses and coaches), to both rigid and articulated Large Goods Vehicles (LGV) and mobile cranes; you will also refuel aircraft using tankers
  • It will be your responsibility to make sure that RAF personnel and equipment get to the right place, at the right time and in good condition to meet Defence's operational output
  • You will be driving or operating on exercises and on operational deployments, on and off airfields and throughout the world, both on paved roads or on rough terrain
  • You will drive an array of different passengers (including VIPs), LGVs carrying an array of equipment, which will include transporting hazardous materials using the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) qualification you gained during your Initial Trade Training

Within your first few years, you will probably be detached overseas for anything from a few days, up to several months. As a specialist and professional vocational driver, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of dress, deportment and driving technique. You must work as part of a team, whilst having the capability and confidence to work and make decisions independently. Full training and support package is available to the Logistics (Driver) throughout their career.

Future Prospects

Opportunity to gain further qualifications include an Advanced Apprenticeship (L3) in Driving Goods Vehicles, civilian accredited Advanced Driver Training with such courses as Tanker Anti-Rollover, requalification in ADR every 5 years and Digital Tachograph training. As you progress through the ranks, there are opportunities to advance your skills; Corporals gain Instructional, Leadership and Management qualifications; opportunities exist for instructors to complete recognised civilian training such as Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) at a reduced cost. In addition, there is a Foundation Degree (BA/BSc) Level 5, BSc (Honours) Level 6 in Logistics Management available through Lincoln University and further opportunities for a Master’s Degree (Level 7) with the use of your enhanced learning credits.


As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. As your experience grows, you will be trained to drive/operate more specialist vehicles and, from Corporal onwards, be required to instruct on many vehicle types. You may be required to drive Emergency Response Vehicles, therefore will be trained to drive and operate these using Blue Lights as appropriate to role.


Your first assignment will probably be at an RAF Main Operating Base. You will drive the vehicles for which you hold licences that you achieved during Initial Trade Training; this will consolidate your experience and enhance your professionalism. You will also be given the opportunity to complete your Apprenticeship in the workplace. Tasks will include the movement of loads and personnel coupled with the associated processes that must be followed in order to achieve these both legally and safely; everything from initial tasking, driver's brief from the Controller, documentation, vehicle checks, loading and load restraint, load checks on route, driving hours and rest breaks, the final off-load/delivery, documentation processes and customer feedback. Dependent upon the Unit's role, you may also be trained in aircraft refuelling using the aircraft refuelling vehicles / tankers.

The qualifications you can earn are as valuable in civilian industry as they are in the RAF, which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be well placed to find a new job.  For example:

  • Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver (Cat C+E)
  • Petroleum Tanker Driver (Airfield and Road)
  • Chauffeur / VIP Driver
  • Coach / Bus Driver
  • Driver of hazardous loads (with ADR Driver Training Certificate in Packages and Tanks, Classes 1 - 6 and 8 - 9)
  • Fork Lift Operator
  • Vehicle Dispatch Clerk / Transport Controller
  • Driving Instructor (Cpl and above)
  • Mobile Crane Driver / Operator (Cpl and above)
  • Transport Management or Transport Operator (Cpl and above)

Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

Your next step will be the specialist driving course at the Defence School of Transport at Leconfield in East Yorkshire, which takes up to four months. During this course you will be trained to pass driving tests in categories B, C, C+E and D; you will also learn additional military driving skills such as Vehicle Loading and Restraint, Off Road Driving, Skid Avoidance and Recovery Techniques as well as the procedures and regulations for carrying dangerous goods by road (ADR).

At the end of the course, you will have passed your driving tests (if you haven’t already done so before you join) and earned the SQA ADR Driver Training Certificate for Carrying Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).  You will also be well on the way to achieving an Intermediate Apprenticeship (L2) in Driving Goods Vehicles.

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