Qualifications query - Royal Signals (Comms-Sys Engineer / Comms Sys Op)

#1
Hi, I’ve recently been down to my Army Brief after being told by the NRC that I can apply for an education waiver when going for the roles I’ve selected as I don’t have a C in Maths & English but the equivalent to a D/E in Functional Skills.

Once I got to my brief, the team there were excellent and despite me slightly being disappointed that I actually won’t likely be able to apply for a waiver - I was given some great advice which got me thinking.

However, I’ve researched what my equivalents are (Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths, English, ICT and a Level 2 NVQ in Business Administration) and it seems that the Level 1 just about hits a D in GCSE equivalents.

The NRC are adamant that I need a Level 2 but that’s an equivalent to a Grade A-C which clearly isn’t what is advertised on the job role. The job itself wants an A-D.

Sorry for the essay but in short - what should I do to try and prove that my quals are actually equivalent? Am I the one that’s wrongfully assuming or is the NRC wrongfully advising? I’m confused as a Systems Operator would’ve been suitable for me and I don’t really fancy being a Comms Transport Specialist as it’s not what I applied for, although hats off and respect to people that do the job as their role is obviously vital.

Thanks and sorry for the wall of text lmao.
 
#2
I've been out of the skills game for years, but I don't think Functional Skills is classed as a "big" enough qualification to stand in for a GCSE (it's usually a shorter course, if you see what I mean?). Also, Skills level 1 is considered equal to grade D/E - so you're in a grey area where the NRC can choose to be tough and say you could be grade E equivalent and so need a refresher to be able to cope with the course.

Have you got certificates for these, or did you do a test that gave that as your level? What you could do is take an approved online maths/English test and (if you can prove how close you are to level 2) show NRC you're at the upper end of what your qualifications say you can do.
 
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#4
Thanks for the reply! @theotherkindofdoctor

I did gain certificates for these as they were a part of my Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship. I understand that the NRC can be quite strict, it’s a bit of a weird area to be stuck in.

Don’t get me wrong, Maths isn’t my strongest subject but I’m certain I can do the job! But then again, if everyone did that then I’m sure there’ll be thousands of people making it through SF selection but can’t even tell what their left or right is lol!

I’m going to try and speak to my CSM on Monday and hope for the best. The job prospects without grades don’t look very appealing and I don’t think I could face manning a Comms store and remaining hopeful that one day I could transfer into an Ops/Engineer role as that day may never come!
 
#5
I had a trade role down as my second choice going into my briefing, same kind of boat as you. Have “College equivalents” they accepted my English equivalent but wouldn’t accept the maths one
 
#6
I had a trade role down as my second choice going into my briefing, same kind of boat as you. Have “College equivalents” they accepted my English equivalent but wouldn’t accept the maths one
That's a shame mate, what's your options & what did you / have you decided to do?
 
#7
That's a shame mate, what's your options & what did you / have you decided to do?
Wasn’t too fussed to be honest, stuck it down as my second choice going into it with the mindset of “wonder if they’ll accept it or not” so no love lost!

I’ve been told and always thought “the army is what you make of it” so decided to go for a role im sure id enjoy fully (household cavalry) and maybe down the line study in my free time, im lucky though with my family having a farm so there will always be that to fall back on down the line
 

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