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The Royal Navy - Weapon Engineering - Unified Communications Technician Apprenticeship. Royal Navy

Being an Engineering Technician Communications and Information Systems (CIS) Specialist means that you are always in the thick of the action working as an Online Network Engineer at the heart of every mission solving complex issues, enabling the secure exchange of mission critical and often Top-Secret information.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Monthly wage

    £1,666.66

  • Working week

    Days and shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    24 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Jul 2020

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC001635350

Duties to include:

  • CIS Specialists will keep military Task Groups of warships and F35B aircraft communicating in the Battlespace via any possible means
  • Operate sophisticated global networked information systems, so you’re always able to receive communications that are crucial to the day-to-day operation of the ship
  • Work with your team to take responsibility for the ship’s complex data-processing network systems, including the internet and satellite, placing you at the heart of tactical and strategic communications
  • Find a solution to whatever problem comes your way, working with your team in challenging environments and high-pressure situations

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

The Royal Navy will give you skills. We will develop your abilities, train you to be the best, show you how to achieve your goals and give you recognised qualifications.

Personal qualities

  • A quick thinker, with a passion for working with the latest equipment and technology
  • A problem-solver, with a common sense approach, who can work well as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
  • Enthusiasm for networks, information systems and communications

Desired qualifications

No qualifications required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness.

Future prospects

You will start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond. If you show the right commitment, skills, and academic ability, you could become a Commissioned Officer. Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks

Things to consider

Training and development continue throughout your career with the Royal Navy. It takes place in two distinct environments: at onshore training facilities and on-board operational ships. When you join you complete 10 weeks of basic naval training, followed by 6 months of specialist Communication and IT systems training at the Maritime Warfare School, HMS Collingwood, focussing on: 

  • Online Network Engineering
  • Operating specialist communication and IT equipment
  • Defensive Cyber Operations
  • CIS security
  • Battlespace Communications
  • High Grade Messaging - Up to and including secret information

There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as:
Start on a salary of over £15,600, rising to £20,000 on completion of your role specific training. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £51,000

  • Adventurous training - from skiing to diving
  • Wide range of benefits including a House Purchase Scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year plus bank holidays
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Access to superb sport and fitness facilities
  • Subsidised travel and accommodation
  • Excellent pension scheme

About the employer

The Royal Navy (RN) is responsible for the protection of British interests at home and around the World. 95% of all world trade passes through the high seas and every year Britain imports £524 billion worth of goods. The RN takes an active part in the protection of British Shipping. Around the United Kingdom the RN protects vital fishing stocks by monitoring fishing activities in our waters.

Across the world, the RN provides a range of activities including search and rescue operations; security and stability activities to prevent and deter terrorism and maritime crime; the protection of British Overseas Territories; provision of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; and tasking for our international partnerships, such as NATO and the United Nations.

Employer

Royal Navy


Training

Training provider

DEFENCE, MINISTRY OF

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence

At the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved:

Level 3 Apprenticeship – Unified Communications Technician.

This apprenticeship is recognised for entry onto the Register of IT Technicians upon confirming an appropriate SFIA level 3 professional competence and those completing the apprenticeship would then be eligible to apply for registration.

You can also gain academic qualifications such as GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by future civilian employers.

Apprenticeship standard

Unified communications technician

Level 3 (A level)


Employer's Application Instructions

We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates. To find out more information including eligibility to join, and to begin your application please call into one of our Careers offices or visit the Royal Navy Recruitment website. https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/careers/joining/get-ready-to-join/royal-navy-rating/am-i-eligible

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 Dec 2021