Career Ahead

Qualification pathways to Supervisory roles of Foreman, Yeoman or Regimental Duty

Training

Phase 1

We recruit Royal Signals soldiers from all over the UK and from Commonwealth countries.

Once enlisted into the British Army all soldier recruits go through basic military training which is also known as Phase 1 Training (Officers go to The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – RMAS). Phase 1 training takes place in one of the following three training establishments:

    1. Army Foundation College Harrogate. Based in North Yorkshire, AFC Harrogate trains young people between the ages of 16 years and 17 years and 5 months to become Junior soldiers for the British Army. Future Royal Signals soldiers attend the short course which is six months long.
    1. Army Training Centre Pirbright. ATC Pirbright delivers Phase 1 Training to new recruits aged 17 and over. The recruits undergo a 14 week training course known as the Common Military Syllabus (CMS) prior to passing out from the training establishment.
  1. Army Training Regiment Winchester. ATR Winchester delivers Phase 1 training over the duration of 14 weeks for Standard Entry (SE) recruits aged 17 and over.

Phase 2

On completion of Phase 1 Training, Royal Signals soldiers undergo their specific trade training at 11th (Royal School of Signals) Signal Regiment in Blandford.

Depending on their trade, currently one of 6 core trades (See Roles) Phase 2 soldiers spend between three and eleven months on their trade training before moving onto military skills and driver training. In addition to the trade training,  

Soldiers who embark on Communication Systems Engineer and Electronic Warfare Systems Operator trades promote to Lance Corporal on completion of their trade course. At this point they attend a two week long Potential Non-Commissioned Officer Command Leadership and Management (PNCO CLM) course.

Getting qualified

Royal Signals greatly values its soldiers and strives to develop each and every one to achieve their very best

The Royal Corps of Signals offers the opportunity for all of its soldiers to obtain a wide-range of Educational, Career and Professional qualifications. All Royal Signals soldiers are enrolled on to an Apprenticeship Programme commensurate with their specialist trade; beyond that there are also opportunities for progressive or higher apprenticeships. Throughout a soldiers Royal Signals career there are opportunities to accumulate qualifications, from level two (GCSE equivalent) to level seven (Postgraduate) across technical and non-technical subjects.

Royal signals soldiers also receive a package of accredited leadership and management training and can obtain Professional Membership and Registration with various Institutions. In most cases the funding of these opportunities is supported by Army bursaries.

Operator

Qualifications to be gained

  • Functional Skills in Maths, English & ICT Level 2
  • BTEC Cert Telecoms Level 2
  • B+E (Car + Trailer) & C+E (Lorry + Trailer) driving Licence
  • Chartered Management Institute Team Leader Diploma Level 2
  • Advanced Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 3
  • British Computer Society RIT Tech level of Professional Registration
  • Higher Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 4

Yeoman of Signals Supervisor level

Operator  – after approximately ten years of service :

  • Bachelor’s Degree Communications Management Level 6
  • Chartered Management Institute Leadership & Management Level 5

Communications Logistic Specialist (CLS)

Qualifications to be gained

  • Functional Skills in Maths, English & ICT Level 1
  • City & Guilds Technical Storekeeping Pt 1
  • B+E (Car + Trailer), C+E (Lorry + Trailer), D (Mini bus) & Forklift driving Licence
  • Hazardous Material Carriage (HAZMAT) Licence
  • Intermediate & Advanced Apprenticeship level 2 & 3
  • Chartered Management Institute Team Leader Diploma Level 2

Regimental Quartermaster Supervisor level

After approximately 10 years of service:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Logistics Management Level 6
  • Chartered Management Institute Leadership & Management Level 5
  • Chartered Institute Logistics & Transport Chartered Membership level

Engineer

Qualifications to be gained

  • Functional Skills in Maths, English & ICT Level 2
  • City & Guilds Diploma IT Practitioner support level 2
  • City & Guilds Communications Cabling Level 3
  • B+E (Car + Trailer) & C+E (Lorry + Trailer) driving Licence
  • Chartered Management Institute Team Leader Diploma Level 2
  • Advanced Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 3
  • Institute Engineering & Technology ICT Tech level of Professional Registration
  • Higher Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 4

Foreman of Signals Supervisor level

After approximately ten years of service

  • Bachelor’s Engineering Degree Telecommunications Systems Engineering Level 6
  • Institute Engineering & Technology Incorporated Engineer level of Professional Registration
  • Chartered Management Institute Leadership & Management Level 5

Electrician

Qualifications to be gained

  • Functional Skills in Maths, English & ICT Level 1
  • City & Guilds Electrical Engineering level 2
  • Electrical Inspection & Commissioning 17th Edn licence
  • B+E (Car + Trailer), C+E (Lorry + Trailer) & D (Mini bus) driving Licence
  • Intermediate & Advanced Apprenticeship level 2 & 3
  • Chartered Management Institute Team Leader Diploma Level 2
  • Institute Engineering & Technology Eng Tech level of Professional Registration

Electricians typically progress to Regimental Duties – the very best become Sergeant Majors, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeants or Training Warrant Officers.

Institute Engineering & Technology ICT Tech level of Professional Registration

Higher Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 4

 

Electronic Warfare (EW) Operator

Qualifications to be gained

  • Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT Level 2
  • BTEC Information Communication Technology level 2
  • B+E (Car + Trailer), C+E (Lorry + Trailer) & D (Mini bus) driving Licence
  • Chartered Management Institute Team Leader Diploma Level 2
  • Advanced Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 3
  • Institute Engineering & Technology ICT Tech level of Professional Registration
  • Higher Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 4

Yeoman of Signals Electronic Warfare Supervisor level

After approximately ten years of service:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Communications Management Level 6
  • Chartered Management Institute Leadership & Management Level 5
  • Institute Information Security Professionals Member level

 

Installation Technician

Qualifications to be gained

  • Functional Skills in Maths, English & ICT Level 2
  • City & Guilds Communications Cabling Level 3
  • City & Guilds Electrical Engineering level 2
  • B+E (Car + Trailer), C+E (Lorry + Trailer) & D (Mini bus) driving Licence
  • Chartered Management Institute Team Leader Diploma Level 2
  • Advanced Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 3
  • Institute Engineering & Technology ICT Tech level of Professional Registration
  • Higher Apprenticeship Information Communication Technology (Professional) Level 4
Routes to Commissioned Officer status

Becoming an Officer

There are three routes to commissioned officer status:

  • Direct Entry
  • Commissioned from the ranks
  • Late Entry Officer

Direct Entry Officer

Candidates apply for a commission and attend an Armed Selection Board. Successful candidates are given the rank of Officer Cadet for the duration of their training and become either a lieutenant or second lieutenant on commissioning.

Commissioned from the ranks

Provided age criteria is met, exceptional soldiers, usually up to the rank of Sergeant, can commission from the ranks. Competition is fierce, but every year a handful of sublime soldiers join the direct entry officer intake at RMAS. On successful completion and graduation from the course at RMAS they will be awarded Commissioned Officers status  The full range of officer careers and ranks is open to those Officers who are commissioned from the ranks, including command appointments.

Late Entry (LE) Officer

Exceptional Warrant Officers – both Class One (WO1) and Class Two (WO2) – may apply for a late entry Commission.Selection is undertaken by the LE Commissioning Board. Individuals must be recommended for an LE Commission and must then apply via the Army Personnel Centre (APC).

All those who are recommended will attend the Late Entry Commissioning Board where, over a period of five days, they will undergo a series of interviews and written and verbal tests.  Those who are successful will be awarded the rank of Captain when they take-up an Officer appointment. Some progress to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Roles undertaken by LE Officers include Quartermaster (QM), Regimental Career Management Officer (RCMO), Welfare Officer and Staff Officer. Some may go on to become Squadron and Formation Commanders.

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