By Drew Haughey
One of our exhibitors and guest speakers comes from an organisation you will already be familiar with: the RAF. You may be acquainted through adverts with the tagline “You don’t need to be a pilot to fly in the RAF”. Or maybe, like Flight Lieutenant Sam Warren, you have a family history of participation: “My Grandfather was in the RAF during the Second World War. I guess from an early age that had a lasting impression on me; this, coupled with my interest in aviation, is the reason why I joined the RAF.”
The number of people in the RAF has fallen to around 41,000, “to meet the changing times and challenges, and because of the greater capability of technology” according to the official site. The jobs will be just as demanding, however, and require the best that a person can give. Reserves positions are also sought after, and allow recruits to continue with day jobs.
With competitive rates of pay, and a multitude of various combat and administrative positions, there is plenty here to entice Futures Fest attendees. Flt Lt Warren promises to raise awareness to his audience at the event: “The message I want to leave is that there are career opportunities for all in the RAF. Members of the public usually think that all we do is fly; I want to change that, as only 7% of the RAF actually fly. There are jobs and careers within the RAF that aren’t very well known, and it is my intention to highlight these vacancies to the young people”.
Within the careers themselves lie many more opportunities for personal development, and Warren knows this all too well, having received a commendation in 2011. As well as having provided a successful career path, the RAF can deliver a new found confidence. Among other things, it has given him “opportunities for travel, to participate in sports, as well as meet new people from all different parts of the world.”
Do you have what it takes? Come along to Lt Warren’s talk at 2pm on the 19th March in The Arches, Glasgow and find out if you’re exactly who they need!