A former South Cheshire College student is on the right path for a successful career with the Royal Air Force (RAF).
Jason Owen is nearing the end of his RAF training and has his sights set on working full time as an air traffic controller for the Force.
The 24-year-old graduated from the RAF training programme in October and is set to undergo specialised trade training to prepare him for air traffic control duties.
Jason has always harboured ambitions to join the RAF since he was young, but it wasn’t until he had completed his university degree in sports science at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) that he decided to apply for a place.
After a rigorous 12 month interview process, which involved computer tests, interviews, fitness tests and medical examinations, Jason was selected to join the RAF.
He underwent a ten week intensive training programme along with 60 other young people from up and down the country.
The first part of the training focused on the core teamwork and leadership values of the RAF and, for the second part, Jason was stationed at RAF Halton working with the regiment and seeing how they operate on a day-to-day basis.
Now, the former Shavington High School pupil is looking forward to learning more about air traffic control during his Flight Operations trade training at RAF Shawbury near Shrewsbury and wants to be stationed permanently at an RAF base in the future.
“The RAF training programme has been a great experience and it has definitely boosted my confidence as well.
To pursue my goal to become an air traffic controller, I’ll need to deliver weather briefs to the pilots, so I’ve really improved in delivering presentations to big audiences.
I’ve made lots of new friends in the RAF and overall it’s a fantastic learning curve and I’m glad I’ve graduated to become a member of the Force.
I’m looking forward to completing my trade training now and I’m excited about what the future holds.”
Jason achieved A-Level qualifications in Maths, Physics and Physical Education at the College’s Crewe campus and he looks back fondly on his time at college.
“I looked at doing the Public Services course which is great preparation for a career in the uniformed services or RAF but I decided to do A-Levels instead and wanted to keep my options open.
I enjoyed my time at college and it was a great stepping stone to university. There are different pathways into the RAF but my advice to any students who want to join the RAF is to apply early because the process takes at least 12 months.”
Jason’s mum Moira Rivers-Owen works at South Cheshire College as a Catering Technician, and she and dad Mark are delighted with his success.
“I’m really proud of Jason because he has always dreamed of being in the RAF and the fact he has graduated through the training puts him a step closer to a full time career in the force.”
For more information about Public Services courses or A-Level programmes at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk