The obverse of each medal bears the Royal Air Force badge, minted on a 28mm (1.1”) nickel-silver plated and highly polished medallion which is set in a 36mm, 24 carat gold-plated medal.
The reverse of the polished medal features the Royal Air Force Apprentice Wheel badge, depicting a four propped propeller proudly worn by generations of apprentices, surrounded by the words ROYAL AIR FORCE APPRENTICES and the years 1920 - 1993 when the Royal Air Force Apprentice Training Scheme was in force.
The ribbon incorporates an amalgam of hatband colours generally worn by RAF Apprentices during their period of training at a Royal Air Force Apprentice Training School.
"I am proud and extremely pleased to announce the striking of the Royal Air Force Apprentices' Commemorative Medal, to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force Apprentice Training Scheme and to honour the vital and exemplary role played by ex-apprentices, as the Royal Air Force faced the challenges of new technologies and sophisticated procedures, throughout most of the 20th century.
Many of these young men, who came to be regarded as the backbone of the Royal Air Force, gave their lives in service for their country, both on the ground and in the air, and their contribution will never be forgotten."
Chairman of the RAF Administrative Apprentices’ Association
The RAF Apprentices' Commemorative Medal is available to all who successfully completed a RAF apprentice training course, under the RAF Apprentice Training Scheme, preparatory to commencing adult service in the Royal Air Force.