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Not sure if this is in the right section but I really need some advice/info.

So I have recently applied for a RAF Apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer. Now while I am interested in engineering what I really want to be is a pilot. I am wondering if I can apply and change to pilot after the apprenticeship. Or is it not possible? What is recommended?

This is my first post btw

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(Original post by Cheshire_Catt)
Not sure if this is in the right section but I really need some advice/info.

So I have recently applied for a RAF Apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer. Now while I am interested in engineering what I really want to be is a pilot. I am wondering if I can apply and change to pilot after the apprenticeship. Or is it not possible? What is recommended?

This is my first post btw

Cheers.
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You will gain the apprenticeship as part of your phase two (role) training so it will be a while after you've started in the RAF before you've passed it.

However, if you meet all of the entry and eligibility criteria for the pilot role you'll be able to apply. You'll still need to have the required GCSEs and A levels to be able to apply, your apprenticeship won't cover that in lieu.

There's nothing stopping you going for your commission (to be an Officer) once in service, many people do. You need to meet all of the entry criteria for the role though and you'll go through the same application process as everyone else that applies.

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Thanks for the speedy response, there is opportunity to complete an additional a level while in the RAF? thanks for the help.
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Hi

You will gain the apprenticeship as part of your phase two (role) training so it will be a while after you've started in the RAF before you've passed it.

However, if you meet all of the entry and eligibility criteria for the pilot role you'll be able to apply. You'll still need to have the required GCSEs and A levels to be able to apply, your apprenticeship won't cover that in lieu.

There's nothing stopping you going for your commission (to be an Officer) once in service, many people do. You need to meet all of the entry criteria for the role though and you'll go through the same application process as everyone else that applies.

Kind regards
Adam
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Thanks for the speedy response, there is opportunity to complete an additional a level while in the RAF? thanks for the help.
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You can study for extra educational qualifications while in service, most stations have a learning centre where you can study and even do exams (to a certain level). But you'd need to study in your own time (evenings, weekends etc), but there's plenty of opportunity to gain more qualifications while in the RAF.

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