RAF Cyberspace Communications Specialist - APPRENTICESHIP, CAREER, £5000 Golden Hello - OLD

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An exciting IT based apprenticeship with a long term career offer working around the world on radar, various types of communication equipment, cyber protection, aircraft data of latest generation aircraft and much more.  A £5000 golden handshake is on offer to those wishing to join the RAF and train in the apprenticeship role of Cyberspace Communication Specialist. Should you decide to undertake training within this role as a new entrant, you may be eligible to receive the joining bonus upon successful completion of initial trade training. You will be required to serve for a minimum of four years upon conclusion of this training.  Other Terms & Conditions may apply.

Typical Responsibilities of a Cyberspace Communications Specialist are:

  • Manage equipment like tactical satellite systems and airfield radars
  • Support IT users and local area networks
  • Set up communication and control systems for operations and exercises (including Cyber Protection)
  • Provide Mission Support System Capabilities to next generation aircraft

We offer an apprenticeship with an almost guaranteed job at the end.  Throughout the apprenticeship and beyond, there are opportunities for adventurous training, sport and an excellent benefits package.  As a training provider we are rated as Ofsted Outstanding and the training school for Cyberspace Communication Specialist is Cisco and Microsoft accredited. Our apprentices earn over twice the minimum apprenticeship wage with annual incremental rises (performance related). 

We also offer free medical and dental support, subsidised accommodation and catering coupled with 6 weeks paid holiday a year plus public holidays and much much more.  Search for "RAF Recruitment Benefits" for more info.

The RAF Cyberspace Communication Specialist is not just an apprenticeship; we take applications up to the age of 36 for those who want a change in role with outstanding training into a future proof technology role. 

Key Facts;

Pay During Training

£15K + Benefits 

Initial Pay After Training

£18.5 + Benefits

Qualifications you need;

GCSEs at Grade C or equivalent in Maths, English and an approved Science/Technology based subject or SCE Standard Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths, English and an approved Science/technology-based subject.

If you do not hold an approved science or technology subject, you can still apply if you have the required maths and English grades.

Those 15 years and 9 months can apply based on expected results.

Joining age;


Those 15 years and 9 months can apply based on expected results with an earliest entry of 16 years of age.

Other entry requirements;

You must be a UK citizen or holder of dual UK/other nationality

Whether or not you were born in the UK, you should have resided there for 5 years immediately preceding your application


After a 10 week period at RAF Halton, your trade training course is at No 1 Radio School (No 1 RS), Cosford, near Wolverhampton; a first-class training establishment. This foundation course is approx 37 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.

No 1 Radio School is a Microsoft- and Cisco-accredited academy, and the training you will receive 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 Unified Communications Technician Trailblazer Advanced Apprenticeship which is a level 3 qualification; this will be completed in the workplace during your first tour. You can also gain a Foundation Degree in Information Technology and Communications from Staffordshire University.

A major advantage of being a Cyberspace Communications Specialist is the breadth and diversity of the jobs that you could be employed in. Further training is open 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 in order 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 CYBER security to assure the integrity and efficient operation and management of the RAF’s and other military networks.

For more information about the role and details of our application process, visit the RAF Recruitment website. To be directed straight to our site click 'Apply Now'.

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