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In January 1948, the first intake of Engineering Apprentices arrived at RAAF School of Technical Training (RSTT), Wagga Wagga, NSW and at the same time the first intake of Radio Apprentices arrived At RAAF Frognall in Melbourne, Victoria. This marked the beginning of 3 years of intensive training, followed by 2 years of on-the-job training to complete a five year apprenticeship. The RAAF Apprenticeship scheme had begun.

The first intake of Engineering Apprentices was given the name ANZACs. From then on, the honour of naming subsequent Engineering Apprentice intakes went to the previous intake who devised a name before going into their 2nd year. The naming of Radio Apprentice intakes did not occur.

In July 1948, a second intake of Engineering and Radio Apprentices began their training after which all subsequent intakes began their training in January of each year.

In January 1952, the first intake of Junior Equipment and Administrative Trainees (JEATs) commenced at RSTT. These trainees were alligned with the corresponding Engineering Apprentice intake, including the intake name. By January 1959, No.8 Intake had begun their training, but this was to be the last intake of the JEAT scheme. 

The RAAF Apprentice Scheme continued until 1993, with changes to length of intensive training and the period of enlistment. In all, 45 Radio Apprentice intakes and 46 Engineering Apprentice intakes had graduated. In addition, there were a number of Diploma and Engineer Cadet Courses.

 In excess of 6000 Apprentices enlisted in the RAAF via the scheme.

 

TRADE APPRENTICE INTAKES

1    ANZACS  2   RAINBOWS 3   SUNBEAMS 4   DEWDROPS
5    BUTTERCUPS 6   PANSIES 7   DAFFODILS  8   MANGOES  
9    DOUGHNUTS 10  ROSEBUDS 11  TADPOLES   12  WOMBATS
13  OYSTERS    14  TULIPS  15  BEAVERS 16  ARABS
17  LIZARDS 18  LEGHORNS 19  SNAILS 20  SQUIRRELS
21  HEDGEHOGS 22  ANTELOPES 23  GOANNAS 24  SKUNKS
25  HORSES 26  OCTOPUSSES 27  RATS 28  SCORPIONS
29  EMUS 30  SPIDERS 31  PORCUPINES 32  IGUANAS
33  DODOS 34  EELS 35  RODENTS 36  STALLIONS
37  TURKEYS 38  ASSES 39  LEECHES 40  LAMBS
41  IBISIS 42  OORARRIES 43  NUMBATS 44  SLOTHS
45  LOCUSTS 46  SPROGS    

 TECHNOLOGIST APPRENTICE INTAKES

 

  PIONEERS   CHERUUBS   BEADSMAN   ORTS
  ACOLYTES   RUBETAS   DRYADS   SERFS
  EXORS   LEMMINGS    

 

 

 

 

 The Castle (Main Building)  at Frognall

 

 

 

The Wood Pile at Frognall.

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