Take time to look at the work we are completing at the MOD, take some notes ready for your interview.

The job description will highlight which behaviours the interviewer will be looking for during the interview, maybe jot down some examples of how you may have done this in previous roles (this could include College, School, Saturday jobs, part-time roles, team sports, after school activities, Guide or Scout leaders, caring responsibilities, etc).

What we are looking for

Remember we are not looking for a fully qualified professional with years of experience within the field, we understand that you are applying for an apprenticeship to develop and build those, however, a genuine interest in the role and profession will support your application process. You need to gain over 50% of learning on the apprenticeship scheme otherwise and apprenticeship is not the most suitable scheme for you.

Security Vetting

Once you have been successful at the interview with the MOD there will be a number of forms you will need to complete, one of which is a security vetting form.

Security vetting is standard within the MoD and wider Civil Service, it helps to build a picture of who is being employed, you will be asked about your addresses over the last 5 years, and employment over the last 5 years, do not worry if this is your first job role if you are leaving education this will be taken into consideration.

If this is not your first role it is important to ensure you have addresses including postcodes and the dates that you lived or worked at previous companies.

The security vetting can take around 12 weeks to complete, so do not worry if your start date is not immediate.

It is vital that you return the forms and requested ID as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition into the MoD and your apprenticeship.


Use the STAR Method

We recommend using the ‘STAR’ method when writing your examples.

Situation – Describe the specific situation you found yourself in. Be sure to give enough detail for the job holder to understand.

Task – The job holder will want to understand what you tried to achieve from the situation you found yourself in.

Actions – What did you do? The job holder will be looking for information of what you did, how you did it and why. Keep the focus on you.

Results – Don’t be shy about taking credit for your behaviour. Quote specific facts and figures easily understandable.

Civil Servants working with the Royal Air Force (RAF)

We are Civil Servants in the Ministry of Defence, who play a vital role in supporting the Royal Air Force (RAF), working alongside regular and reservist military personnel. We protect the security, independence and interests of our country at home and abroad. Our aim is to ensure the RAF have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work.

Once you join the Civil Service, you’ll become part of a profession. Your profession offers networking opportunities, career routes, training and development programmes – and a real sense of belonging.

Please note, we are currently reviewing all listed recruitment opportunities due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and will be updating the Time To Apply information soon.

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