The Royal Navy - Warfare Specialist (Submariner) Data Technician Apprenticeship Royal Navy

Being a Warfare Specialist (Submariner), means working with some of the most advanced computer systems available to identify, track and, if required, destroy potential threats. This will involve the covert monitoring of all other vessels (surface and sub-surface, friend or foe) within range of the advanced array of different sensors onboard.

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

    • A £5,000 bonus for earning your ‘Dolphins’, the mark of the Submarine Service • Additional Submariner pay each day at sea when fully qualified • An excellent pension scheme • Six weeks of paid holiday every year • Free medical and dental care

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed.

    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

    VAC1000255413

  • Positions

    100 available

What you will do in your working day

  • You will work as in integral member of the Ship's Company and a proud representative of the Submarine Service
  • Operating the various Tactical systems assisting in all aspects of submarine warfare
  • When on the surface you will act as the Radar operator and as part of the Ship's Protection Force be trained in the use of weaponry, such as the 5.56mm rifle and General-Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), designed to protect the submarine and its Ship's Company in all areas around the globe
  • Using your expert knowledge gained during world class training, you will use some of our most advanced equipment to identify and track any contact (friend or foe), passing your assessments to the Warfare Officer who will use them to make key decisions
  • Whether you're at sea providing our nation's nuclear deterrent, hunting other submarines or on exercise in domestic waters, the work you do is vital to the navigation and warfare capabilities of your submarine

The training you will be getting

  • When you have completed your training you will be a qualified Warfare Specialist (Submariner) (Data Technician)
  • You’ll start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • 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, Presentation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience

Qualifications

GCSE or equivalent Math and English (Grade GCSE Level C/4) Desired

Things to consider

At the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved: • Level 3 Apprenticeship – Data Technician 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.

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

We recruit throughout the year, so please ignore Key Dates. To find out more information including eligibility to join, and to begin your application 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: 01 Jun 2026