The Royal Navy - Mine Warfare Specialist Data Technician Apprenticeship Royal Navy

We need to make the seas safe. For our warships, for civilian ships, for everyone. And that’s where you come in. You’ll be at the heart of these missions whether they’re in a Mediterranean port, or on operations in the Persian Gulf. As a Mine Warfare Specialist you’ll lead the way for our fleet, clearing any mines in its path.

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

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Closing date: 01 Jun 2026

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage

    £20,400.00

    • An excellent pension scheme • Subsidised travel and accommodation • Six weeks of paid holiday every year • Free medical and dental care

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed, total hours per week: 40.00

    Total hours per week: 40.0

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Jun 2026

  • Date posted

    04 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced
    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number

    VAC1000255404

  • Positions

    28 available

What you will do in your working day

You’ll make sure our missions are possible whatever they’re for, from delivering essential humanitarian aid, to embarking on conflict operations.

  • Find mines using sonar, and then launch remote controlled mine disposal vehicles.
  • Gain a wide range of skills, from basic seamanship to manning light weaponry.
  • Be responsible for the safety of your ship and everyone on board.
  • Stay quick thinking and focused at all times. 

The training you will be getting

  • By the end of your training you will be a qualified Mine Warfare Specialist (Data Technician) Level 3.
  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

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


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 Math and English (Grade GCSE Level 4) Desired

Things to consider

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

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

Data 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