Apprentice Air Engineering Technician - Royal Navy


Royal Navy

Training Provider:


Monthly wage £1,540.75
40.0 hours per week 40 Hours
duration: 18 months
start: 1 October 2019
Intermediate(level 2)
Engineering Manufacture (apprenticeship standard)
30 September 2019 (application closing date)
Starting on full pay (£18,489 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.


  • When you join the Royal Navy as an Air Engineering Technician, you’re vital to keeping our airborne missions on track.
  • That means working with some of the most advanced aircraft on the planet, like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
  • You’ll carry out maintenance, as well as services and inspections, before and after each flight.
  • The Fleet Air Arm increases our reach as an armed force, and you’ll be at the frontline, working on ships from Bahrain to the Bahamas.

Future Prospects

You’ll start your career as an Able Rate. With some 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 may also have the chance to become a Commissioned Officer. You’ll be chosen for promotion on merit, so if you work hard, you can quickly rise through the ranks

Reality Check

There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as: • Start on a salary of over £14,900, rising to over £18,400 on completion of your basic training. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £49,000 • 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

Skills Required

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.

Qualities Required

You’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and common sense. You should also have mathematical ability, communication skills and an interest in engineering systems – all of which you can develop during your training. Above all, you need to work well as part of a team.

Qualifications Required

  • There are no minimum qualification requirements
  • You’ll need to be aged at least 15 years and 9 months old when you apply, and under 34 years old when you begin basic training
  • You need to be over 16 years old on entry
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

Training Provided

At the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Engineering Manufacture, consisting of:

• Level 2 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
• Level 2 Diploma in Engineering – Military Marine & Air Engineering – Aeronautical Engineering
• Functional Skills In maths, English and ICT at Level 1 or 2
• Employer Rights & Responsibilities
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Training will be a constant feature of your time with us. We’ll help you gain academic qualifications like GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. You can also work towards NVQs and other vocational awards. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by a future civilian employer and has been recognised by the Professional Institutions so that it can streamline your route to registering as an EngTech or an IEng

About the employer

Welcome to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). Where careful planning and rigorous teamwork make sure the Royal Navy is equipped with everything it needs to be effective - no matter where in the world it deploys. Wherever. Whenever.

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