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The Royal Navy - Survival Equipment Technician - Survival Equipment Fitter Apprenticeship Royal Navy

As a Survival Equipment Technician (SET), you will maintain vital lifesaving equipment to enable aircrew to operate safely. This equipment will help them to survive on land, sea or in the air in peacetime or on military operations. You will also learn how to assist in the training of aircrew on land and sea in survival techniques.

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2021

Apprenticeship summary

  • Monthly wage


  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Expected duration

    36 months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Jul 2020

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


As a Survival Equipment Technician, you’ll make sure your crewmates and passengers are fully equipped and know what to do in an emergency on board a Royal Navy aircraft.

You’ll look after the crew’s protective gear, such as:

  • Immersion suits
  • Flying helmets
  • Oxygen masks
  • Parachutes
  • Emergency breathing equipment

Duties will involve but not limited to:

  • You will maintain the aircraft’s survival packs, radio beacons, distress flares, life jackets and life rafts. And most importantly, you’ll train people to use them in an emergency
  • You’ll also instruct on how to escape underwater from a ditched helicopter and other conduct survival drills

You will have the opportunity to serve on the world's most advanced aircraft carriers and with new and exciting aircraft forces, including the F35B Lightning Stealth fighter at RAF Marham, the Merlin Mk2 Submarine Hunter at RNAS Culdrose, the Merlin Mk4 Helicopter and the Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter at RNAS Yeoviliton.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

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

Personal qualities

  • A passion for working with state-of-the-art aircraft
  • A keen attention to detail
  • Good physical and mental stamina
  • A willingness to learn new skills
  • An adventurous spirit

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’ll 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 continues 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 seven months at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering in Gosport. There you’ll learn survival drills and how to maintain, repair and pack parachutes, life rafts and survival packs, with regular tests to check your progress. You will also carry out a basic survival course and learn how to help with survival training, so you will need a good level of fitness and be a competent swimmer. You’ll then spend time at a Royal Naval Air Station, working closely with experienced aircrew to develop real-world knowledge and skills, before you qualify to sign off servicing work as complete.

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
  • Earn additional Service Engineer Technical Pay as you progress to Leading Hand, with increased pay levels on further promotion
  • Wide range of benefits including a House Purchase Scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Adventurous training - from skiing to diving, you can enhance your skillset in unique environments around the world
  • Free phone calls, home and internet access when you are at sea
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Access to superb sports 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.


Royal Navy


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence

At the end of your apprenticeship training, you will have achieved:

Advanced Level Apprenticeship - Survival Equipment Fitter, comprising of:

  • Level 2 Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering Survival Equipment Maintenance
  • Level 3 Aerospace and Aviation (Development Competence)
  • Functional Skills if required 

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

Apprenticeship standard

Survival equipment fitter

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.:

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

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Closing date: 31 Dec 2021