Logistic Writer (Business & Administration) -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


The smooth running of a ship or submarine isn’t just about the mechanical systems. Somebody needs to take on the responsibility of running the vessel from an organisational point of view.

As a Writer you are responsible for Human Resources (HR) on board, handling legal matters, undertaking financial administration, and looking after the welfare of your crew. It’s your job to make sure the ‘i’s are dotted and the ‘t’s are crossed. And it doesn’t matter if you’re advising your Captain about promotions or organising your friends’ pay, it’s up to you to make things happen.

A ship on active duty is a unique environment. There’s no other place where you can learn more about what people need to feel supported and stay motivated. Being a Writer is a great opportunity to discover what makes the world tick – and how to keep it ticking.

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:

  • Team players
  • Well organised
  • Professional approach
  • Problem solvers
  • Physically and mentally fit
You must have commitment, enthusiasm and common sense. You need to be proficient in numeracy and literacy and have an eye for detail. You are someone who takes pride in doing a thorough, accurate job. You must be trustworthy, responsible and able to learn new skills quickly. Above all, you work well as part of a busy, dynamic team.

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 and beyond. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you could have a chance to become a Logistics Officer – running catering, stores and personnel. 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 16 weeks of role-specific training, focussing on:

  • Pay and accounting
  • Personnel management and discipline matters
  • Correspondence
  • Security
  • Office procedures
  • Cash handling
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 Business and Administration
  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT
In addition you will be able to:

  • Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
  • Gain further qualifications as your career progresses
Early in your career, professional qualifications are aimed at Business Administration or Personnel Administration. As you progress, there are opportunities to complete further vocational qualifications and academic studies including a degree. Everything you achieve will benefit your Royal Navy career and be valued by future civilian employers.

Apprenticeship framework

Business and Administration

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