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Vacancy summary

Royal Air Force
ECR 63494
OR-6 - PO - Sgt

26/02/2024, 23:55 

June 2024
2 years, 10 months
Royal Air Force
AFCO Aberdeen
Aberdeen City
United Kingdom
FTRS - Limited Commitment

Vacancy detail

Subject to formal establishment, a vacancy may arise for a Sergeant (Any Profession) to serve as a Careers Engagement (CE) Team member in Aberdeen on FTRS (LC) Terms and Conditions of Service (TCoS), with an initial proposed start date of 03 June 24 (or earlier, subject to candidate status).

This post is predominantly remote working in the allocated geographic Area, although the post holder will be required to visit and support the Area recruiting hubs (AFCOs) as required.

Job Description

Careers Engagement staff are directly responsible for planning, executing, and assessing Recruitment and Selection (R&S) interaction with groups or individuals who are eligible to join the RAF, or may do so in the future. The main bulk of this task is carried out in Education Establishments (EEs): schools, colleges and universities in the Scotland Area. The NCO CE will be required to attend careers fairs, apprenticeship events, graduate recruitment fairs, and at each provide a positive message about the RAF as a career of choice. Often this interaction will involve giving presentations to large or small audiences as well as conducting one-to-one careers advice interviews with students and young people interested in applying to the RAF. On occasions, the message may be delivered during Personal Development Training (PDT) or assisting STEM Ambassadors at STEM events.

In addition to the work with EEs, CE staff are required to build and maintain links with the RAFAC in the Scotland Area, from liaison with Wg staff, to delivering careers sessions at individual Squadrons. CE staff are further required to identify and develop working relationships with other youth organisations and education partnerships where the RAF can work with pre-eligible or eligible individuals and groups. This is particularly important in groups where the demographic is under- represented in the RAF.

Job Specification:

As a member of the Area Careers Engagement Team, you are responsible to Gp Capt R&S, through OC and FS/WO CE for contributing to the construction and implementation of the Area Careers Engagement Plan (CEP), recording your Careers Engagement (CE) activity, following best practice, and achieving value for money in your activities.

Operations. Implementing your part of the Area CEP by:

  • Meeting the targets set by OC Scotland CE through the Area WO/FS CE. In particular, establish/build relationships with the following CE recruiting audiences:

        Core Objectives: All R&S personnel are responsible through the Chain of Command to Gp Capt R&S for meeting the following core objectives:

        • Main Effort (ME). Achieve the specified degree of candidate diversity within the delivery of the Into Training Requirements (ITRs).
        • Under 18s. Improving recruitment of Under 18s, with an emphasis on Apprenticeships and DfE guidance that allows students to leave school at 16 for an RAF career, through focused engagement, marketing, and recruitment practices that informs candidates, their parents (or carers) and the broader education community. 
        • Underrepresented Groups. Raise the profile of the RAF to all underrepresented groups across all professions through careers engagement, marketing and recruiting practices.

        Routine Objectives: Undertaking and contributing to RAF CE activity as directed, both in and outside working hours and at weekends, by:

        • Delivering careers presentations at selected EEs and other venues that may involve travelling significant distances and/or entering locales requiring pre-assessment of local security conditions.
        • Representing RAF R&S at events such as shows and careers fairs, (duties which may include carrying heavy loads, such as boxes of recruiting literature and/or bulky display items, and then manning stands and other platforms for prolonged periods of time, often without regular pauses for rest and/or refreshment).
        • Visiting, establishing close relations with, and delivering CE activities to units of the (ACO).
        • Further utilising the knowledge and skills associated with your own profession in support of specific CE events and/or activities.
        • Acting as role model for the youth population, both on and off duty, but most especially at public events, shows and exhibitions.

        This role will involve some evening and weekend work and applicants must also be prepared to travel with some duties involving overnight stays within Limited Commitment terms of Service.

        • Must either have been, or currently be a Sgt (Any Profession) or a Cpl (Any Profession) eligible for promotion in accordance with AP 3393 Vol 1 and AP 7000. All Promotions will be ratified by means of a Promotion Board. If an applicant has been out of full-time military service and is applying for a post on promotion, they will also need to send their civilian appraisals or equivalent to evidence recent skills, knowledge and experience to be considered by the Promotion Board.
        • RAF Regt Cpls, applying on promotion, must hold the relevant FT3 qualification.
        • Must be prepared to work autonomously and prioritise workload without close supervision, albeit with recourse to advice and direction from CE Line Management and senior personnel within the HQ R&S Chain of Command.
        • Must be prepared to travel routinely throughout the Scotland Area, and to HQ R&S at RAF Cranwell, or other R&S Areas as required.
        • Must possess a full UK driving licence.
        • Depending on previous experience, the successful applicant will be required to attend key elements of the PSTS Recruiters’ Course held at HQ R&S.
        • The successful applicant will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
        • Should have practical experience of working in the Scotland area and if possible local knowledge of Educational Establishments, and other external bodies/agencies.
        • Should be permanently resident in the Scotland area or be prepared to move to this area.
        • Should have previous experience of RAF recruiting and/or delivering engagement activity on behalf of the RAF.
        • Should have broad Service and administrative experience, with an adequate knowledge and understanding of all current RAF Professions and Specialisations.
        • Should possess adequate working knowledge of basic IT (MODNET and MS Apps).
        • Should possess excellent communication and presentational skills.
        • Should have some experience of working with, or as a member of the RAF Air Cadet organisation and RAF Reserves.

        A Selection Board will carry out a rigorous selection process for this post, including sifting on an applicant’s last 3 appraisal reports and then a face to face or virtual interview as required.  Enquiries concerning this vacancy should be made to:

        Name:  Flt Lt Jim Tait


        Tel: 07970324551

        Applications.  Candidate applications, with a maximum 2-page CV (to include copies of last 3 appraisal reports as required) should be sent to:

        Flt Lt Jim Tait

        The closing date for applications is 26 February 2024 and interviews (unless prom board required) will take place shortly afterwards.

        Unless already enlisted in the Reserve Air Forces the successful applicant will be required to be enlisted in the Royal Air Force Reserves with a liability for call-out for permanent service.

        The appointment is on FTRS (Limited Commitment) TCoS in accordance with AP 3392 Vol 7 Part 1 and AP3392 Vol 7 Part 3 Chapter 2 for an initial period until 31 Mar 27

        Confirmation of appointment will depend on successful completion of a RAF Medical Board.  Personnel who do not meet the Age/Permanent Joint Medical Employment Standard (PJMES) may apply for the appointment but will only be considered subject to an executive waiver process on a case-by-case basis.

        Regular Service Applicants.  Personnel currently serving in the Regular Royal Air Force should be mindful of the current Early Termination Minimum Waiting Time (MWT) for their respective Rank, Profession and ensure this MWT is compatible with the post sponsor’s proposed start date, prior to applying.

        Ex-service candidates who have been administratively discharged through the KR1027 process will have their applications rejected as they are not eligible to join the RAF Reserves in accordance with AP 3391.

        Pension Issues.  Personnel who qualify for a service pension should take financial advice from Defence Business Services (DBS) Pensions Department on the effect that undertaking reserve service has on their pension (details can be found on the JPA splash screen). Additional guidance can also be found at and MMP116 - Re-employment. Of particular note is reference to the ‘Effect of Re-employment’ on Commutation and, for those leaving on a ‘preserved’ pension, the Resettlement Grant.

        Transition between TCoS.  Personnel taking this appointment from other TCoS should consider the impact on any accrued entitlements, such as leave, resettlement etc and should seek specialist guidance where required as certain entitlements are TCoS specific and may not be retained or transferred on transition between TCoS. 

        Flexible Working Arrangements. In accordance with the Flexible Working (FW) Policy, Reserve personnel can request FW arrangements with their line manager.  Any immediate FW requirements should be agreed with the line management at the interview stage.

        Individual Reinforcement Training (IRT) (Module 1) and RAF Fitness Test (RAFFT).  Reserve personnel are required to maintain currency in IRT and the RAFFT iaw the relevant TCoS.  The successful applicant will be expected to undertake IRT and the RAFFT within 6 months of commencing employment (if required).

        Annual Salary and Leave.  Pay will be in accordance with the pay scales published for the reserve air forces.  Leave entitlement is detailed in JSP 760.

        Accommodation. Personnel serving on FTRS(LC) TCoS are eligible to occupy Single Living Accommodation (SLA) if available, at entitled rates, if serving within the Air Command TLB. However, it is unlikely that Service accommodation will be available in the Scotland area.

        This opportunity is closed to applications.