Communications Transport Specialist
The 'driving force' behind the Royal Signals
“This trade offers so much more than first meets the eye.”
Communications Transport Specialists store, transport and deliver hi-tech communications equipment on Royal Signals deployments and exercises at home and abroad. Join us and you'll be trained to drive specialist vehicles of all sizes in tough conditions, getting technical equipment where it needs to be to keep front-line units in touch with senior commanders.
- Take responsibility for a diverse range of highly technical communications equipment.
- Get a lot of responsibility early on, taking ownership of entire regimental accounts.
- Gain specialist driving licenses in training, from forklift trucks to HGVs and a hazardous materials qualification.
- Start an apprenticeship straight from training which can progress to a qualification with Lincoln University.
- Develop both driving and storekeeping skills throughout your career.
TRAINING FOR THE ROLE
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
After basic military training you’re trained to drive cars and large goods vehicles with a trailer. You also learn about moving hazardous materials and stores accounting. Training earns you a host of driving licences and technical qualifications, which opens up new job opportunities in the Army and beyond.
Age: 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months
QUALIFICATIONS: No formal qualifications required
FITNESS: Lift 30kg, Carry 30m, 1.5 mile run in 14 min (14 min 30 sec for junior entry)
From 1 April 2019, the tests you take at the Assessment Centre will change:
Mid Thigh Pull 94kg
Medicine Ball Throw 2.9m
2km run 11m 15s (11m 30s for Junior Entry)
QUALIFICATIONS YOU COULD GET AFTER TRAINING
- Driving Licences: B+E, C+E, Minibus, Forklift
- Carriage of dangerous material (HAZMAT)
- City and Guilds Technical Storekeeping (Level 1 & 2)
- Apprenticeship in Logistics Operator (Level 2)
- Advanced apprenticeship in Logistics Operator or Warehousing (Level 3)
- Foundation Modern Apprenticeship (FMA)
- NVQ Level 2 in IT
- Level 1 functional skills in Maths, English and IT
- Professional registration with CILT (UK)
- Level 4 FdSc with Lincoln University
Learn about rank progression here.
PAY & BENEFITS
Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Signaller your pay will rise to £18,859.
FROM THE FIELD
"My trade provides a wide spectrum of opportunities, which can vary day-to-day and posting-to-posting. One moment I could be maintaining the large number of military and civilian vehicles within the MT (Motor Transport) department, and the next providing stores and high tech equipment which different Regimental and Brigades may require to support them whilst out on exercise. Where ever stores or vehicles are, I am as well – this could be anywhere in the world, in all conditions!"
HOW TO APPLY?
Once your online application has been approved, you'll meet with a local recruiter. This is your chance to tell us about the role that you're interested in. When you go to the Assessment Centre,you'll take tests - the results will show whether you'd be suitable for this role, or should consider a different role.