Royal Navy Apprentice – Mechanical, Electrical & Aeronautical, Engineering Royal Navy

Thinking of a career in Mechanical, Electrical or Aeronautical Engineering? With world-class training and a competitive salary, a Royal Navy apprenticeship is the ideal choice. You’ll start on full pay with a guaranteed job at the end of your placement.

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

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Closing date: 15 Dec 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    40 hours

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12-36 months

  • Possible start date

    16 Dec 2017

  • Date posted

    16 Dec 2015

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    200 available

  • An apprenticeship in Mechanical, Electrical or Aeronautical Engineering is a great way to kickstart an exciting career. You’ll get first-class training in a broad area that offers all sorts of development opportunities.
  • After being provided initial training you well be given equipment responsibility at a very early stage in your career. As a sea going engineer, initially you will be given equipment responsibility, leading to running a section and then performing the role of a Group Head onboard Ships or Submarines, or even in an Helicopter or Fast jet Squadron or base port.
  • As a new recruit you’ll start on £14,637 on completion of training – more than an equivalent civilian apprenticeship – plus you’ll get annual allowances to progress your education.
  • At the end of your apprenticeship, you will have earned the equivalent of 5 GCSEs and NVQ Level 2 relating to your engineering specialisation. Following continued studying you can achieve an Advanced Apprenticeship and then onto a Foundation Degree, giving you the tools to succeed in your chosen career and enabling a route to Engineering Officer.
  • The Royal Navy offers a large number of engineering apprenticeships to candidates and recruits throughout the year.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

See below.

Personal qualities

  • Working as a team
  • Basic level of fitness
  • Positive attitude
  • Enjoy problem solving
  • Communication skills
  • Open to a challenge

Qualifications required

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

You will need to be a UK resident for at least 5 years and be a UK passport holder.

Future prospects

  • The pass rate for our Apprenticeships exceeds the national average and you’ll have a guaranteed job in the Royal Navy at the end of your apprenticeship.
  • With the apprenticeship plus further training, you can become a qualified Engineer, recognised by the Professional Institutes and fulfilling an important role within the Royal Navy.
  • You could gain qualifications from NVQs right up to university degrees, which will set you up for your Royal Navy career and beyond.
  • The Royal Navy has a strong culture of encouraging professional and personal development, including offering annual allowances to undertake academic studies, enabling more opportunities to develop.

Things to consider

This opportunity comes from being a member of the Armed Forces, which sets demanding standards and a unique lifestyle that may not suit everyone, but offers incredible opportunities and rewards if it does. Training is residential and will be followed by deployment to operational units within the UK and worldwide. All apprentices have a guaranteed job for 12 years and attractive starting salary (compared with the minimum pay) that they will earn from Day 1.

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.

As a Royal Navy Apprentice, you will be part of a very big team with a very varied career. You will have access to and responsibility for some cutting edge equipment.

You will go to sea on some of the World’s most modern warships and submarines and visit places you might never have the opportunity to visit in any other profession. You will learn a trade, master skills and gain qualifications in a working environment like no other.


Royal Navy


Military Road


PO12 3BY

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Training provider

Depending on your trade, you get a combination of the following:

  • Level 2 NVQ
  • Level 2 Technical Certificate
  • Level 1 Functional Skills (maths, English and ICT)
  • Trade specific certificates, with subsequent opportunities through career to gain a Foundation Degree and progress up to Masters Degree Level.

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


Sarah Johns

Other information

Your apprenticeship will start when you have completed your basic military training (called Phase 1) which lasts 10 weeks. This teaches you everything you need to know about being an effective sailor, from military terminology, military kit, military drill and basic seamanship and safety. Once you have completed this, you will then go on to complete your Phase 2 training which is trade specific and start your apprenticeship, 23 + weeks.

Air Engineers will continue to a phase 2B at specific Air Stations for further training on specific aircraft. All other apprentices will join a ship or submarine to consolidate or complete their apprenticeship(s).

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Dec 2017