Logistic Writer (Business & Administration) - Royal Navy
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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.
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.
Training and development continue 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
- 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.
Other InformationThere 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
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.
You need to be proficient in numeracy and literacy and have attention to detail. You are someone who takes pride in doing a thorough, accurate job.
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 must be trustworthy, responsible and able to learn new skills quickly. Above all, you work well as part of a busy, dynamic team.
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.
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 Mathematics, English and ICT
- Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or a degree
- Gain further qualifications as your career progresses
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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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