Raf Syerston Gliding Scholarship Essay

RAF Syerston is located a few miles South of Newark on Trent and is the home of 2 Flying Training School. In addition to a functional headquarters, the RAF Central Gliding School controls the main flying operations. RAF Syerston is also home to 644 Volunteer Gliding Squadron (VGS) who operate from the airfield at weekends. The Defence Animal Centre (DAC) also use RAF Syerston for training their dogs.

The successful candidate will be required to perform:

  • Depth A maintenance for all parachutes, including conditioning of said parachutes, used at RAF Syerston airfield and at Volunteer Gliding Squadrons throughout the UK.

  • The safe collection and delivery service for parachutes between Volunteer Gliding Schools and Airborne Forces Parachute Servicing Unit - Letchworth.

  • Daily Maintenance (Before issue Checks) of parachutes.

  • Train and examine personnel to undertake pre-use checks of parachutes.

  • Provide a counter service for the issue and receipt of Aircraft Equipment assemblies (AEA)

  • Assist the Training Technical Co-ordinator with providing training to the technical officers at the Volunteer Gliding Schools (To include working up to one weekend per calendar month).

  • Scheduled and corrective maintenance, sizing and fitting of Glider Aircrew Equipment assemblies for CGS Staff and visiting trainees.

  • Scheduled and corrective maintenance for all Survival Equipment used on Viking and Vigilant aircraft located at RAF Syerston airfield and at Volunteer Gliding Squadrons throughout the UK.

  • Maintain and carry out user responsibilities of Minor Ground Support Equipment and test equipment.

  • The scheduled maintenance and corrective maintenance of Lightweight Headsets.

  • Certification of maintenance within the scope of authorisation approvals held.

  • The quality control of survival equipment maintenance and service equipment and documentation relating to the completion of maintenance tasks performed.

  • Taking responsibility for the completion of required maintenance tasks in the normal course of your shift duties including the satisfactory and efficient and timely completion of tasks as and when required by the Engineering Supervisor.

  • Remain current with all amendments to the company procedures/manuals and all other relevant technical data provided.

  • Assist with Line Operations activities when required including movement and cleaning of aircraft


  • Be a Qualified Survival Equipment Technician – (City and Guilds or NVQ equivalent or higher qualification).

  • Trained to standards equivalent to the Royal Air Force qualification Q-SE-AC (sizing and fitting aircrew assemblies).

  • Trained to standards equivalent to the Royal Air Force qualification Q-SE-BE (Preventative and corrective maintenance of communication headsets).

  • Should possess good fault diagnosis skills, demonstrating a thorough understanding of communications Lightweight Headsets.

  • Be physically able to meet manual handling requirements of moving parachutes and survival equipment.

  • Have experience in civilian industry or Armed Forces in a relevant trade group.

  • Hold full driving licence (Class B -maximum of 6 points).

  • Undertake pre-employment checks in Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) formally known as CRB checks.

All Serco employees must ensure that their current line manager is aware of their application. For confidential enquiries please contact MyHR on 0345 010 4000. 

On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward.

Serco is committed to equal opportunities and requests any potential applicant to contact the Serco Recruitment Team on 0345 010 4000 as soon as possible if an applicant has any additional queries, requirements or will need additional time in submitting an application should the closing date of the advertisement be brought forward.


The day started at 0800 when we left the school heading towards Leicester via Newark so that we could go to Syerston’s Central gliding School (CGS) for an opportunity to fly in a Grob Vigilant powered glider. After the safety brief at around 0915 we were kitted with a flying suit and gloves.

The flights were staggered throughout the day and unfortunately, some of the cadets including one from LSST, were unable to go because of the weather. This did not dampen spirits because of the wide variety of games we could play with the other school, some of us even made friends during the day. In some of the flights, cadets could take photos and a few of these have been featured.

The flights were about 20 minutes long and most cadets got up to around 2000 feet (600m). The flights were one-to-one with an instructor where each cadet had a chance to fly the glider themselves. Since most of us hadn’t been gliding before, we went through basics of how to control the aircraft and how to change the speed. Each of these flights counts towards glider training and with enough air time, cadets have the opportunity to fly solo and also do a gliding scholarship. This looks great on a CV and is immense fun if you like gliding and there is also a powered flight equivalent course.


The day ended after 4 of our cadets had flown and the bad weather had set in, we left RAF Syerston at around 1500 and arrived back at school at around 1620 to go back home and school the next day.

L/Cpl Anderson


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