Catering Services - Royal Navy


Royal Navy

Training Provider:


Monthly wage £1,540.75
40.0 hours per week 40 Hours
duration: 18 months
start: 31 December 2019
Intermediate(level 2)
Production Chef (apprenticeship standard)
25 December 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.


  • The Royal Navy represents the United Kingdom worldwide, forging new alliances and maintaining old ones. Being a Caterer in the Royal Navy is a career that is literally miles from anything you could do at home
  • Travelling around the world, your job will range from cooking for the ship’s company on board warships or Royal Marines on land operations, to serving a fine dining experience to politically influential VIPs and royalty
  • This includes taking responsibility of ordering, receiving, and accounting for provisions to sustain the menus you write
  • And when there’s a good chance you could be at sea for months at a time, the role of Caterer becomes about a lot more than food
  • You’ll be at the centre of keeping morale high and health at its optimum

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 become a Commissioned Officer. Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks.

Reality Check

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 27 weeks of role-specific training, focussing on:

  • Different styles of catering to match the diverse requirements of the job
  • Food hygiene
  • Health and safety
  • Catering accountancy
  • Stock control

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.

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 role specific 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

We are looking for people who are have the following qualities:

  • A keen interest in food and hospitality
  • Calm under the pressures of a busy kitchen
  • Team player
  • Ready to help crewmates on operations
  • Physically and mentally fit

To be a successful Royal Navy Caterer, you’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and the desire to consistently produce great food. Conditions are hot, busy and pressured, so you need to be well organised and a real team player.

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 39 when you start training, be a UK resident for at least 5 years and hold a UK passport.

Training Provided

At the end of your Apprenticeship training you will have achieved:

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship – Production Chef
  • Foundation Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Health and Safety Certificate

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

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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