‘The RAF train all their personnel to the highest standards and offer scholarships and sponsorships to support outstanding candidates’ – Royal air force (RAF)
If you’re about to finish school, you may be thinking, ‘What next’? Do you want to help protect your country? Or save lives ? Or do you fancy fixing various powerful machines? If you answered yes to any of these, then the RAF may be a great place for you to start your search! The RAF provides sponsorships to its cadets for personal-development. It’s a chance to study what you want, at an affordable price (cough… current university fees… cough).
All RAF personnel receive initial training about the RAF’s culture. They learn the basic skills that are essential for working in a military organisation. They also receive specialist training in their chosen field, which help them be confident and effective when on duty. The pace at which you can develop and gain additional skills both personally and professionally is only limited by your own ability and the depth of your commitment.
Quality education is not the only benefit of the RAF. All their personnel stay at the forefront of their field through continuous learning, hands-on experience and training. The RAF promotes lifelong learning within all ranks. Also provide support through the standard learning credit scheme and the enhanced learning credit scheme.
The standard learning credit scheme provide financial support for both regular and reserve personnel throughout their service career. The credit scheme offers 80% refund of fees up to £175 each year for multiple small-scale learning purposes.
The enhanced learning credit scheme helps regular personnel who have completed a minimum of 6-year service towards the cost of higher level learning offering 80% refund of fees up to £3000 after 6 years, or up to £6000 after 8 years. This can be used for elective learning towards a nationally recognised qualification at level 3 (A Level or equivalent) or above, including degrees. The enhanced learning scheme is also available for up to 5 years after discharge.
Defence Sixth Form College offers a high standard of A-level education. If you are aiming to join the RAF as an engineer or logistics officer, and are between the ages of 15 to 17, then you are eligible to attend the sixth form. In return, they expect you to participate fully in appropriate activities at the sixth form college and join the RAF at the end of your education.
The RAF holds an annual national competition for bursaries in order to attract the best candidates towards a full time career in the RAF. The bursaries provide financial assistance towards your education. Also helping you develop personal qualities. The bursary is only available to those who are currently studying at university.
For more information on sponsorships and fundings with the RAF click here.