The Royal Navy - Weapon Engineering - Engineering Technician Accelerated Apprenticeship Royal Navy

Joining the Royal Navy on the Accelerated Apprentice Scheme means accelerating your training and development within one of our most elite teams. You’ll be fast-tracked to real responsibility, getting your hands on some of the most advanced kit on the planet, and guaranteeing your warship’s performance as a state-of-the-art fighting machine.

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Closing date: 01 Jun 2026

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £34,000.00

    An excellent non-contributory pension scheme – we pay into it for you, so you don’t have to sacrifice any salary. Six weeks of paid holiday every year. Free medical and dental care.

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jun 2026

  • Date posted

    04 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000255422

  • Positions

    96 available

What you will do in your working day

You’ll be embarking on one of the world’s top apprenticeship schemes, which means training will be a constant feature of your time with us. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be valued by a future civilian employer.

Your job will focussing on: 

  • Learning how machinery works
  • Repairing equipment
  • Making components
  • Using essential tools and techniques
  • Safety procedures

Take responsibility for the safety of your crewmates, whether that’s identifying a potential threat, or ensuring your ship can defend itself.

Maintain and operate complex communication, sensor and weapon systems, guaranteeing missiles, guns and anti-submarine torpedoes are fully operational.

Get a hold of some of the most sophisticated electronic equipment in existence, working with your team, and under the guidance of the Weapon Engineer Officer.

Complete daily rounds, checking equipment to ensure the ship remains operational, and finding innovative solutions when there’s a problem.

The training you will be getting

  • Once you have completed your training you will be a qualified Weapon Engineering - Engineering Technician 
  • When you join you complete 10 weeks of basic naval training, followed by marine engineering training at HMS Sultan

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
  • It will also be recognised by Professional Institutions, so you can take a streamlined route to registering as an EngTech or an IEng. It takes place in two distinct environments: at onshore training facilities and on-board operational ships

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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

Qualifications

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

Things to consider

Option 1: National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma (with a minimum of a Merit Pass) in an engineering discipline Option 2: At least 48 UCAS points in A-levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a STEM subject We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates.

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

Employer

Royal Navy

Address

Navy Command HQ

The Admiral Sir Henry Leach Building

Portsmouth

PO2 8BY

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Training

Training provider

ROYAL NAVY

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