The Independent | RAF careers: Pioneering college offers teenagers chance to train for Royal Air Force jobs

by Richard Garner

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.

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