Trainee Airtroopers arriving at Middle Wallop for the start of their Phase 2 (Special-to-Arm) trade training are enrolled onto one of two advanced apprenticeships, depending on their career stream:
Groundcrew Specialists - Providing Aviation Services on the Ground
Communication Specialists - IT, Web, Software and Telecom Professionals
These run for approximately three years, spanning the specialist training and practise required to bring an Airtrooper up to Class 1 standard - a competent soldier, capable of supervising others. Equivalent to two A levels, they include a Level 3 Technical Certificate and Diploma from City & Guilds, plus functional skills in English, Maths and Information, Communication and Technology at Level 2, equivalent to GCSEs grades A-C.
Communication Specialists are also entitled to apply for registration as an ICTTech with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Driving lessons are provided at Middle Wallop during Phase 2 Training. Trainees can obtain a car (Category B) licence and then progress to an LGV licence (Category C+E) - formerly known as an HGV. Lessons and licences are free of charge.
Following a recommendation for promotion individuals will attend a series of Command, Leadership and Management (CLM) courses to prepare for the additional responsibility. These CLM courses have been accredited to diplomas, certificates and awards from the Institute of Leadership and Management and the Chartered Management Institute. One qualification from each course is currently free. City & Guilds Level 4/5/6 Professional Recognition Awards are available for Staff Sergeant (SSgt) and above.
Links have been made with higher education institutions allowing personnel to obtain Foundation, Full and Masters degrees. These can be taken on a distance learning basis such as learning at work or e-learning. Assistance with the cost of undertaking external courses is provided via the MOD's Learning Credits scheme.
Exemptions - completion of CLM modules and time served in post provides a pathway to a degree as well as providing an exemption for the first two thirds of certain full honours courses. This may be equivalent to credits of 240 points out of the 360 required. Postgraduate exemptions are also available.
Instructors have access to levels 3, 4 and 5 qualifications in Education and Training, and Coaching and Mentoring, through their training.
Most pilots successfully completing the Army Pilots Course are currently entitled to claim a Foundation Degree in Military Aviation Studies from the Open University.
Officer training, from the Commissioning Course at Sandhurst onwards, provides opportunities to gain management qualifications, degrees and membership of professional bodies. Exemption from various stages of degree courses and Open University credits may be awarded.