The Royal Navy - Accelerated Apprentice (Submariner) - Engineering Technician Apprenticeship. Royal Navy

Joining the Royal Navy on the Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner) means being fast-tracked to working with one of our most elite teams. You'll be paid to study, gain practical skills and use highly sophisticated equipment. Prior to that you'll spend time in active service as either a Marine Engineer Submariner or Weapon Engineer Submariner.

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

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Closing date: 01 Jun 2026

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    • A £5,000 bonus on being awarded your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified submariner • Additional Submariner pay for every day at sea once you’re fully qualified.

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed, total hours per week: 40.00

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jun 2026

  • Date posted

    04 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    60 available

What you will do in your working day

Duties and responsibilities will include:

Be a crucial part of one of our most respected and highly trained teams

  •  As a Marine Engineer Submariner (MESM) you'll be supporting your boat's nuclear reactor, ensuring its safe operation, and maintaining all the support systems that are vital to submarine missions
  • As a Weapon Engineer Submariner (WESM) you could be guaranteeing the efficiency of Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles, or providing the nation's nuclear deterrent.
  • Work on board a Vanguard Class submarine, ensuring the nation's nuclear deterrent is operational, or an Astute Class vessel where you'll be part of some highly classified hunter killer operations. Operate at the highest levels of the industry as you complete an accelerated scheme to become a nuclear engineer.
  • After that you can extend your service, apply to become a commissioned officer, or transfer your new skills to a career in the civilian sector.

The training you will be getting

By the end of your training you will be Engineering Technician Apprentice (Submariner).

Advanced Apprenticeship - Engineering Technician comprising of:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Knowledge)

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.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

You’ll start your naval career as a Probationary Leading Hand. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Petty Officer 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.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Math and English and at least one science (Grade GCSE Level C/4) Essential

Things to consider

A quick thinker, with a passion for working with the latest equipment and technology. A problem-solver 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 fixing and maintaining electronic and mechanical systems.

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. We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates


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Navy Command HQ

The Admiral Sir Henry Leach Building



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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

A job in the Naval Service means adventure, camaraderie – and lifelong prospects. Every day you make a difference. And no two days are the same. You could be policing the world's oceans, delivering humanitarian aid when natural or man-made disasters strike. Or you could be deployed in combat. No matter what job you do, you'll be a key part in operations around the world. Are you ready to go places?

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

Apply now

Closing date: 01 Jun 2026