Earn while you learn

Travel, adventure, friendships, challenges, knowing you’re doing something really worthwhile – a career with the Royal Navy offers you more than any job you’ll find in civilian life. The same goes for the training you’ll receive, which starts the day you join and continues right through your time with us.

Protecting our nation’s interests, all over the world, 365 days a year, takes a dedicated team of 30,000 men and women. From the Bahamas to Bahrain, their highly specialist roles require unique skills, that can only be developed through world-class training programmes.

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships combine practical, on-the-job training with study. As a Naval Service apprentice you will:

  • Work alongside experienced and highly trained personnel
  • Gain and develop job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage from day one and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a range of vocational qualifications

Why apprenticeships?

A career in the Naval Service doesn’t mean you’ll just look good on paper. It’s so much more than hands-on training and internationally recognised qualifications. A future in the Naval Service is as specialist as it is unique, whether you choose to work on a ship, submarine, in a shore base or an air station. This is where personal development meets professional. You’ll go to places you’ve never been, experience things you wouldn’t anywhere else, and develop skills you don’t even know you have yet.

Who can do apprenticeships?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • Work alongside experienced and highly trained personnel
  • Aged 16 or over
  • Not in full-time education

What apprenticeship roles are available?

We have multiple apprenticeship programmes to choose from, so you can find a role that suits your skills and ambitions. What gives them the edge over civilian apprenticeships? You’ll have a competitive salary in your pocket from day one, travel the world, make a difference, shape the career you want – and get further, faster.

Apprenticeships

Whether you choose to work on a ship, submarine, in a shore base or an air station, all new recruits will start on one of our intermediate apprenticeship schemes with the opportunity to gain advanced and even higher apprenticeships in the future.

Business, administration and law

Like any large civilian organisation, we need skilled administrators to manage our people, budgets and countless other resources. The difference is that, as a Business, Administration and Law Apprentice with the Royal Navy, you’ll be part of a team with a vital mission in conflict or peacetime, and your ‘office’ will be the whole world.

  • Personnel Logistician Administrator


Engineering and manufacturing technologies

All civilian industries, from printing to car-making, depend on complex machinery. The same is true of the Royal Navy, with its warships, submarines, aircraft, vehicles and weapon systems. Through your engineering apprenticeship, you’ll learn everything you need to know about maintaining them.

  • Air Engineering Technician
  • Marine Engineering Technician
  • Weapons Engineering Technician
  • Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS (MESM/WESM))
  • Aircraft Handler / Aircrewman / Aircraft Controller (Naval Airman)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme (AE, ME, WE)


Health and social care

An Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care will help prepare you to look after patients at home, on board ship and across the world. Except they won’t just be NHS patients, young people or the elderly – they’ll be your crewmates – the people you live and work alongside every day.

  • Medical assistant


Information and communication technology

In the Royal Navy, we rely on computers just as much as any civilian organisation. So we have the same need for specialists who know how IT systems work, how to use them and how to fix them. The only difference is that, with us, you could be using your skills on a warship, submarine or shore base anywhere in the world.

  • Communication Technician
  • Warfare Specialist


Leisure, travel and tourism

An Apprenticeship in Leisure, Travel & Tourism will give you all the tools you need to keep the Navy fit. You will gain the knowledge to conduct exercise and fitness lessons to all your crewmates, skills that will set you up for your career in the Naval Service and beyond.

  • Physical Training Instructor (Inflight candidates only)
  • Personnel Logistician Administrator


Public services

As a Royal Marine, Royal Navy Diver or Seaman Specialist, you’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills within the Naval Service. The Public Services Apprenticeship demonstrates you are fit, work well in a team and have gained valuable competencies that make life better for those around you.

  • Royal Marines Commando
  • Royal Navy Diver
  • Seaman Specialist
  • Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist


Retail and commercial enterprise

Retail and Commercial Enterprise apprentices in civilian life generally work in shops, or prepare and serve food and drink in restaurants, bars or hotels. In the Royal Navy, you’ll develop the same kinds of hospitality, catering and ‘people’ skills – but in a very different, challenging and far more rewarding environment.

  • Chef
  • Steward (Hospitality)
  • Supply Chain Logistician


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Royal Marines Commando

You’ll become part of the Royal Navy’s elite amphibious force, operating in some of the most extreme environments in the world.

What you'll need:
  • The right state of mind 
What you'll get:
  • The coveted Green Beret 
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Aircraft Controller

You’ll provide the crucial link between the aircraft and its base, whether that’s at sea or on land.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for working with aircraft
What you'll get:
  • Specialist training and opportunities for progression
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Aircrewman

Become essential to Merlin helicopter operations, in the thick of the action on Commando or Anti-Submarine missions.

What you'll need:
  • A hands-on, can-do attitude
What you'll get:
  • World-class training, travel and adventure
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Naval Airman Aircraft Handler

Work with some of the most cutting-edge aircraft in existence as part of the team that keeps them flight ready.

What you'll need:
  • A hands-on, can-do attitude
What you'll get:
  • World-class training, travel and adventure
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Advanced Apprenticeship (Air Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced aircraft, as part of the team that maintains, services and inspects them.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Advanced Apprenticeship (Marine Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our most advanced warships, part of the team that makes sure they’re always ready for action.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Advanced Apprenticeship (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll be fast-tracked to working with our cutting-edge kit, part of the team that guarantees our weapons systems are world-class.

What you'll need:
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Engineering 
What you'll get:
  • Travel, adventure and world-class training on world-class kit
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Air Engineering Technician

You’ll take charge of scheduled maintenance, servicing and inspections for the Fleet Air Arm’s aircraft.

What you'll need:
  • Mathematical ability and good communication skills
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded vocational and academic qualifications
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Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering)

You’ll maintain the systems that power the ship, finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for working with the latest technology
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Engineering Technician (Weapon Engineering)

You’ll maintain and operate complex communication, detection and weapon systems worth millions of pounds.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for working with technology
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Marine Engineer (Submariner) Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS (MESM))

You’ll get your hands on cutting-edge kit at the same time as working towards a fully funded degree.

What you'll need:
  • A sense of adventure
What you'll get:
  • A BEng degree, paid for by us
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Weapon Engineering (Submariner) Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS (WESM))

You’ll get your hands on cutting-edge kit at the same time as working towards a fully funded degree.

What you'll need:
  • A sense of adventure
What you'll get:
  • A BEng degree, paid for by us
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Hospitality (Submariner)

You’ll provide the hospitality that’s essential to keeping morale high on a nuclear submarine.

What you'll need:
  • High levels of professionalism
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Supply Chain Logistician

You’ll manage the delivery of vital stores and equipment to Navy personnel all over the world.

What you'll need:
  • An organised and methodical approach to work
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Chef

You’ll run an efficient commercial kitchen, and make sure our people have the food they need to get the job done, wherever they are in the world.

What you'll need:
  • A passion for food and cooking
What you'll get:
  • A salary that rises to £18,000 after Basic Training  
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Medical Assistant

As part of the medical team, you’ll provide day-to-day healthcare for your crewmates.

What you'll need:
  • The desire to care for the sick and injured
What you'll get:
  • World-class training
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Communications Technician

You’ll be vital to the ship’s intelligence operation, transforming raw data into indispensable analysis.

What you'll need:
  • An affinity for electronics and computers
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000 
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Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist

You’ll use advanced equipment to provide information about local tides, currents, sea depth and even the seabed.

What you'll need:
  • The ability to work in a methodical and accurate way
What you'll get:
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level
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Mine Clearance Diver

You’ll identify mines or other explosives and dispose of them, whether they’re in shallow water or out at sea.

What you'll need:
  • An aptitude for practical work
What you'll get:
  • Additional pay of up to £32.72 per day
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Seaman Specialist

You’ll gain the specialist skills needed to steer the ship, act as lookout and communicate with other ships.

What you'll need:
  • Physical and mental stamina
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Warfare Specialist

You’ll detect threats to your ship, identify targets and make crucial tactical decisions.

What you'll need:
  • Confidence when making key decisions
What you'll get:
  • A starting salary of over £18,000
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Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application – Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form
  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT) – You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension. Use our practice test here.
  • Interview – A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. See how you can prepare.
  • Medical and eye tests – These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors
  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT) – This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you
  • Pre-Royal Navy Course (PRNC) – This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course
  • Start training – Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh