Pioneering college offers teenagers chance to train for Royal Air Force jobs

The Independent is reporting that teenagers will be offered the opportunity to train to work in the RAF at a pioneering college to be opened in September.

The Air and Defence Career College in Lincoln will be the first of its kind – at first offering 16 to 18-years the chance to train for a range of jobs with the RAF and the opportunity to use its facilities at its nearby air force base in Coningsby.

The college will expand to take in 14-year-olds from September 2017 and – if successful – will be the forerunner of several similar initiatives between colleges and the RAF throughout the country.

It will be one of 11 different career colleges – the brainchild of former Education Secretary Lord Baker – up and running around the country by the end of the year which specialise in training young people to work in a range of industries…

Gary Headland, chief executive of the college, said: “We as a college group are always looking for innovation and we see this career college as a model which could be repricated elsewhere if successful.”

Air Commodore Chris Luck, Director of Recruitment and Initial Training with the RAF, said: “It is all upside for us. I don’t have to advertise it I could almost do away with a recruitment organisation if this works.”

However, he stressed that it would not be compulsory for teenager committing to the college to go and work for the RAF…

At first, the college will concentrate on three key areas of recruitment: developing cyber space and information technology skills, vehicle engineer – with the opportunity to develop hands-on experience with aircraft at the RAF base and catering skills.

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  1. Career Colleges received a lukewarm response from the DfE when Lord Baker announced them in 2013.
    It appears the handle ‘career colleges’ is being attached to new courses within existing colleges.  It is, of course, necessary that colleges evolve and start new courses but describing these initiatives as ‘pioneering’ career colleges is rather an exaggeration.

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