Another year, another selection day for future Fifteen Cornwall apprentices, with 29 potential recruits joining our team at RAF St Mawgan for interviews, games and tasks.
Recruitment day, fondly known as ‘Boot camp’ gives the Fifteen team an opportunity to see candidates across a number of tasks, keeping their eye out for those that show determination, leadership skills, work well as part of a team and preferably with an interest in food.
Nerve-wracking for many, the amazing RAF St Mawgan 505 Wessex Squadron quickly put our candidates at ease; encouraging, motivating and supporting recruits throughout the day. Our groups went through a number of exercises, from tent building, a game called Leaderless tasks and a cooking task where candidates create a meal from a ration pack in mess tents bought down specially to Cornwall by 504 Squadron.
Charlotte Trevenna, Welfare and Support worker at Cornwall Food Foundation says: “Our selection day sounds scary but it’s always a brilliant day and most of the candidates have a lot of fun.
“We are so grateful to RAF St Mawgan and the 504 and 505 Wessex squadrons who make this such a fantastic day; inspiring and motivating our future apprentices.”
The successful candidates will be heading to college in December to start their VRQ Level 1 course in professional cookery, before later joining the Fifteen Cornwall team in the kitchen at Watergate Bay.
If you have a spirit of adventure and are interested in working for the RAF as a chef then email 505Sqn-Join@mod.uk or apply online: www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/contact. Better still, speak to the local armed forces careers office; AFCO contact details can be found on the same link.