Chef - Royal Navy Royal Navy

Starting on full pay (£18,306 on completion of initial training), you’ll have the opportunity to gain civilian qualifications, travel the world, and experience a challenging & varied career within the Royal Navy with a guaranteed job at the end of it.

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Closing date: 25 Dec 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    40 Hours

    Total hours per week: 40.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12-36 Months

  • Possible start date

    31 Dec 2017

  • Date posted

    08 Jul 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


A catering career in the Royal Navy is like no other. The range of opportunities open to our chefs simply can’t be replicated at home. From high volume catering for a unit of Royal Marines on operations, to fine dining excellence for politically influential VIPs, you’ll be trained in running a supremely efficient operation. This includes taking responsibility of ordering, receiving, and accounting for provisions to sustain the menus you write.

And when there’s a good chance you could be at sea for months at a time, the role of Chef becomes about a lot more than food. You’ll be at the centre of keeping morale high and health at its optimum.

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

We are looking for people who are have the following qualities:

  • A keen interest in food and hospitality
  • Calm under the pressures of a busy kitchen
  • Team player
  • Ready to help crewmates on operations
  • Physically and mentally fit
To be a successful Royal Navy Chef, you’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and the desire to consistently produce great food. Conditions are hot, busy and pressured, so you need to be well organised and a real team player.

Qualifications required

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


You must be between 16 and 36 when you start training, be a UK resident for at least 5 years and hold a UK passport.

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 27 weeks of role-specific training, focussing on:

  • Different styles of catering to match the diverse requirements of the job
  • Food hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • Catering accountancy
  • Stock control
Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in good shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you’ve learned by the time you join us.

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

Training provider

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

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery)
  • Employee Rights and Responsibility
  • Foundation Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Health and Safety Certificate
You’ll gather NVQs and other vocational awards throughout your career. 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 framework

Catering and Professional Chefs

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


Sarah Johns 02392625947

Other information

There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as:

  • Start on a salary of over £14,700, rising to over £18,000  on completion of your role specific training. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £48,000
  • Potential to earn additional financial bonuses depending upon your role
  • 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

Employer's Application Instructions

We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates. To find out more information and 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: 25 Dec 2017