Steward (Hospitality Services) -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


    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


To most people, the power of the Royal Navy is its hardware - the ships, the submarines, the guns and the aircraft. But our true strength is more subtle than that.

The Royal Navy is the front of house for the United Kingdom, forging new alliances and maintaining old ones. It means, often, battles are won without a shot being fired.

As a Steward your job is to make sure our hospitality is second-to-none, whether it’s taking care of those in command so they can concentrate on their job, or ensuring vital contacts leave with the highest possible opinion of our nation.

As you progress through a career loaded with opportunity, you’ll gather vital training and qualifications – mastering everything from silver service to NVQs in hospitality. Your catering industry training will be valued by employers around the world.

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 have the following qualities:

  • Trustworthy discreet individual
  • An affinity for service and hospitality
  • Team player
  • Practical
  • Physically and mentally fit
  • Reliable
To be a successful Steward you’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and common sense. You’ll provide service of the very highest quality whatever’s going on around you. You must be friendly and have attention to detail.

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, 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. After that, you may go on to become a Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer, then a Warrant Officer. 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 14 weeks of role-specific training, focussing on:

  • Comprehensive hospitality and event management training – from how to run a drinks reception to silver service
  • Computerised Accounting
  • Accommodation management
  • Bar stock management
  • Stock accounting
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 Hospitality Services
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Services
  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Hospitality Services)
  • Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
We’ll help you gain academic qualifications like GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. You can also work towards further NVQs and other vocational awards in your chosen subject. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by civilian employers.

Note - Duration of the apprenticeship will depend on apprenticeship level and type. 

Apprenticeship framework


Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Ministry Of Defence


Sarah Johns 02392 625947

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 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