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
TECHNOLOGIST APPRENTICE INTAKES
The Castle (Main Building) at Frognall
The Wood Pile at Frognall.