RAF Logistics - Supply, Storage & Distribution Specialist - Lvl 2 Supply Chain Warehouse Apprentice - Intermediate (Level 2)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £18,192.00 to £20,400.00
37.0 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. Total hours per week: 37.00.
104 weeks (duration)
1 March 2022(start date)
Supply chain warehouse operative (apprenticeship standard)
5 January 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an RAF Logistics Supply, Storage and Distribution Specialist, you will be responsible for the management of RAF assets, from the receipt, storage, handling and distribution of equipment to its ultimate disposal.



  • Deliver vital equipment to the operational front line. 
  • Operate one of the most diverse, comprehensive and versatile equipment management IT systems in the world.
  • Work on Airfield fuel installations and in specialist storage areas. • World class training providing the opportunity for a varied and dynamic portfolio of transferable skills.
  • An exciting, rewarding and diverse career including world travel, sports and adventure training.

The official name for a Supply, Storage & Distribution Specialist in the RAF is Logistics Supplier. As a Logistics Supplier, you will be a key component within the RAF. You will play a vital role in the logistical support required by the RAF to fulfil its operational and peacetime obligations. Responsible for the distribution, accounting, stock control and data analysis of a diverse range of commodities such as aircraft parts, fuels, explosives, ammunition and many other materials required to sustain a modern Air Force. You will use complex IT stock control systems, stock level modelling software, modern storage solutions and operate mechanical handling equipment and other specialist vehicles. You will support Operations in the most challenging locations across the globe; sustain real-life support to personnel and support the most technologically advanced aircraft in the Royal Air Force.

As your career progresses, we will continue to train you to the highest standard and equip you with the skills you require to take on new responsibilities. This means that there are opportunities for management, leadership, health and safety training and a wide range of driving qualifications. A hugely diverse trade, some of the more specialised areas within Supply include:

Storage, Handling and Distribution of Fuels - Issuing aviation fuel to aircraft and helicopters, receiving fuel into bulk storage tanks from pipelines, road tankers and ocean tankers. Be solely responsible for an installation, at times storing more than 1 million litres of high-octane aviation fuel. If employed in the tactical fuels environment, you may also be required to undertake parachute training and construct fuel installations in austere locations. Of course, with fuel there comes a responsibility for environmental protection, so you will also learn how to deal with spillages to avoid environmental damage, both on land and possibly at sea.

Dangerous/Classified Goods - Packaging, storage, handling and transportation of hazardous goods, including explosives for transport by air (to Civil Aviation Authority standards), road and sea. Learn how to complete the myriad of different customs paperwork required for distribution of sensitive equipment across the globe. Ensure the secure handling and distribution of classified assets, ensuring security regulations are met.

Mobility - Work alongside our Mover colleagues in a Mobility Flight where you will be trained to assist with loading and stowing equipment being moved by our transport aircraft. You will learn the skills required to successfully deploy to challenging areas of the world whilst supporting the various aircraft platforms, possibly aboard the very latest Royal Navy Aircraft Carriers supporting 5th generation stealth aircraft.

MJDI - The system used to account for the majority of equipment in use within the Ministry of Defence. Extremely versatile, you will become one of the skilled 18000 worldwide operators, tracking the billions of pounds worth of complex equipment currently in the RAF and MoD inventory.

Future Prospects

During your first tour, you will consolidate your training and gain valuable experience that will prepare you for your first operational tour of duty. To ensure you become a confident Supplier with broad knowledge and experience, you will be employed within at least 2 different departments within your first tour. A first tour is always memorable and demanding but also highly rewarding; you will be given the time to develop your skills and become an effective member of an extremely close-knit team. As a Logistics Supplier, you should expect to experience your first 4 month deployed tour of duty in the Falkland Islands within 18 months. Your subsequent operational tours will be varied and dependant on where in the world RAF assets are deployed in support of Defence Policy. You will be provided with the opportunity to undertake Adventure Training (skiing, rock climbing, mountain biking etc) and be able to participate in all major sports at every level.

After completing one year’s total service and providing you have completed basic Trade Ability Assessments, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is on merit by competitive selection annually. The Supply trade offers an exciting, diverse and challenging opportunity for an individual to excel in support of the UK’s most advanced aircraft types, but requires high calibre individuals to succeed.

Logistical skills and qualifications are eagerly sought after by civilian organisations. Therefore, on leaving the RAF you are extremely employable and well placed to find a new job such as:

  • Aerospace Logistics Supply Support Specialist
  • Material and Inventory Specialist
  • Auditor (including Health & Safety, Quality Assurance)
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Distribution Manager
  • Fuels Storage/Distribution Operator
  • Aircraft Refuelling
  • Forklift Operator
  • Dangerous Goods Consignor
  • Stock Control Accountant
  • Product Coordinator
  • Production Team Member
  • Large Goods Vehicle Driver (Cat C)


Skills Required

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Qualities Required

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Qualifications Required

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Training Provided

  • Supply chain warehouse operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

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.

Continuing at MOD Worthy Down, you will enter the challenging specialist trade training environment. The Logistics Basic Training course is 10 weeks long and it is here that you will be taught the necessary skills required to do your job. On leaving Logistics Basic Training you will have gained the skills and knowledge required to ensure equipment is kept in the right environment and that the stockholding IT system accurately reflects physical holdings and locations. You will be able to take customer orders and provide delivery solutions; you will have the skills to pack, document and despatch/deliver equipment to the end user either within the UK or, eventually, across the world.

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About the employer

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