As your point of contact for RAF Careers Familiarisation Visits to Royal Air Force Cosford, I am seeking to raise awareness of RAF career opportunities.  The RAF needs quality individuals for service in the RAF; to this end, RAF Cosford offers dynamic RAF Careers Familiarisation Visits:

Aircraft Technician (with discrete Weapons Technician & Survival Equipment Fitter familiarisation as required)

24   January                  Mechanical;

25   January                  Avionics;

1     February                Avionics

2     February                Mechanical;

28   March                     Mechanical;

29   March                     Avionics;

10   May                         Mechanicl;

11   May                         Avionics;

21   June                        Mechanical;

22   June                        Avionics;

4     July                           Mechanical;

5     July                           Avionics;

Cyberspace Communications Specialist (ICT Technician)

26 January

7 February

9 March

4 April

9 May

18 May

20 June

6   July

13 July

RAF Police

6      February

27    February

17    May

15   June

Engineering Officer (Aerospace Systems and Communications Electronics);

31    January

28    February

29    March

24    May

30    June

11   July

Personnel Training Officer (Physical Training Instructor familiarisation also available as required on these dates);

19   January

8     March

23   May

12   July


RAF trades are accredited Modern Apprenticeships (please see attached). So, students may apply to join the RAF from 15 years and 9 months old on the basis of their predicted GCSE grades, with a view to enlisting on or soon after their 16th birthday subject to satisfactory exam results – hence, they can ‘earn while they learn’ (currently starting at circa £15K).

Candidates are expected to be conversant with  which provides useful background and context. Visits are entirely free with lunch provided gratis  too – all you have to do is turn up with well-motivated students promptly by 0955 in smart casual attire (suit or jacket and tie for officer candidates) armed with a genuine interest in what the RAF has to offer.

Visits often involve candidates undertaking practical exercises, for which protective clothing is provided; Visits are rarely undersubscribed and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Nominations should include student’s name, email address, date of birth and a contact number. Transport details will also be needed as well as staff and driver’s names too, please.

For planning purposes:

Assemble:     0955 hours prompt at Main Gate RAF Cosford WV7 3EX; Cosford railway station is opposite the Main Gate. Please ensure you allow for travel delays.

Dispersal:      1515 hrs from Main Gate car park


Squadron Leader Andy Thayne | Community Careers Liaison Officer| Building 156, Royal Air Force Cosford, Wolverhampton WV7 3EX| ( mil: 95561 Ext 7232 | ( civi: +44 (0) 1902 377232| 3 mobile: +44 (0) 7989 398442 | *  or



RAF Cosford Opportunities

We are seeking to recruit quality individuals who meet the criteria necessary for service in the RAF from 16 years (Year1) and beyond.  To this end, as the Centre of Excellence for RAF engineering training, RAF Cosford offers:

– A wide range of aircraft engineering technician opportunities –  Mechanical, Avionics/ Electrics & Weapons Technicians

ICT Technician training – so much more than just ICT; includes communications, radar, cyber and networking too..

Aerospace Systems Engineering or Communications/ Electronics Engineering Officers

– ‘Ad hoc’ familiarisation visits for some of the other 56 Branch and Trade opportunities available in the RAF.  

Alternatively, the RAF Reserve offers paid spare-time (ie weekend) service in 30 Branch and Trade opportunities too, up to age 55.

Trade requirements for the Trade specialisations below are: 16-29 years old on enlistment; GCSE Maths, English Language (and a Physics-based or technology based subject for ICT Technician) at Grade C or above. All RAF technical trades are accredited Modern Apprenticeships, often leading to a degree (please see attached literature). Accordingly, students may apply to join the RAF from 15years and 9 months old with a view to enlisting from their 16th birthday, so that they can ‘earn while they learn’.

The following RAF Careers Familiarisation Visits are offered for genuinely interested students seeking a career as an engineering technician or engineering officer:

Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic

1 October                                Avionics/Electrical Technician

8 October                                Weapons Technician

15 October                              Mechanical Technician

20 October                              Avionics/ Electrical Technician

3 November                            Avionics/ Electrical Technician

10 November                          Mechanical Technician

12 November                          Weapons Technician

3 December                            Mechanical Technician

8 December                            Avionics/ Electrical Technician

ICT Technician

6, 13 October;

5, 19 and 24 November;

15 and 17 December

Where students show outstanding engineering flair and academic prowess, they may be better suited to a career as an Aerospace Systems or Communications/ Electronics Engineering Officer. Either specialization requires a recognised and relevant engineering related degree, for which sponsorship may be available. There are several entry routes, including Defence Sixth Form College Welbeck (apply in Year 11), Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (apply in Year 11), Bursary or post graduate (apply in Year 1 of university); please ask for details. Engineering Officer Familiarisation Visits are available as follows:

22 October;

9 and 16 December

Nominations for Familiarisation Visits should include full name, email address, DOB and a contact number. Places on these Visits are rarely undersubscribed and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; if you need guidance to determine which would be the most appropriate Visit to align your students with, please call me to discuss.

Please note that it is not possible to nominate for a range of Trades. For wider awareness, I recommend all potential candidates visit; this is a necessary pre-cursor before attending a Familiarisation Visit as it provides wider information about RAF Careers which the Visits put into perspective.

Although confirmatory details are sent out nearer the time, for planning purposes:

Assemble:                   0950 hrs at Main Gate car park RAF Cosford (WV7 3EX); Cosford railway station is opposite the Main Gate.

Dress:                          Smart casual; business attire for engineering officer candidates.

Lunch:                          FOC.!

Dispersal:                    15:30hrs from Main Gate car park

I look forward to hearing from you

Per Ardua

Squadron Leader Andy Thayne | Community Careers Liaison Officer| Building 156, Royal Air Force Cosford, Wolverhampton WV7 3EX| ( mil: 95561 Ext 7232 | ( civi: +44 (0) 1902 377232| 3 mobile: +44 (0) 7989 398442 | *  or

RAF Opportunities


The Royal Air Force (RAF) continually has over 2,000 vacancies per year.  Opportunities exist in variety of specialisations including Engineering, IT, Intelligence, Aircrew, Logistics, Personnel Support, Airfield Operations and Medicine. Presently we are extremely keen to promote Apprenteships in Engineering, Logistics and IT, Personnel roles and Catering careers in either full or part-time employment. Applications can be taken throughout the year and individuals are encouraged to carry out their research via our website (

Also, our new RAF Technical Scholarship Award for Year 11 Students has a guaranteed place in our training programme post GCSE’s. Applications can be taken from NOW for Yr 10 students starting Year 11 in Sep 15 so if students are interested, get them to contact me or their local careers office for more information.