The Royal Navy - Accelerated Apprentice (Submariner) - Engineering Technician Apprenticeship. - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Navy (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Monthly wage £2,750.00
40.0 hours per week Shifts to be confirmed.
42 months (duration)
1 April 2022(start date)
Engineering technician (apprenticeship standard)
31 March 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Joining the Royal Navy on the Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner) means being fast-tracked to working with one of our most elite teams. You'll be paid to study, gain practical skills and use highly sophisticated equipment. Prior to that you'll spend time in active service as either a Marine Engineer Submariner or Weapon Engineer Submariner.


Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Be a crucial part of one of our most respected and highly trained teams
  •  As a Marine Engineer Submariner (MESM) you'll be supporting your boat's nuclear reactor, ensuring its safe operation, and maintaining all the support systems that are vital to submarine missions
  • As a Weapon Engineer Submariner (WESM) you could be guaranteeing the efficiency of Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles, or providing the nation's nuclear deterrent
  • Work on board a Vanguard Class submarine, ensuring the nation's nuclear deterrent is operational, or an Astute Class vessel where you'll be part of some highly classified hunter killer operations. Operate at the highest levels of the industry as you complete an accelerated scheme to become a nuclear engineer
  • After that you can extend your service, apply to become a commissioned officer, or transfer your new skills to a career in the civilian sector

Future Prospects

  • You’ll start your naval career as a Probationary Leading Hand. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Petty Officer 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

You’ll be embarking on one of the world’s top apprenticeship schemes, which means training will be a constant feature of your time with us. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be valued by a future civilian employer.

It will also be recognised by Professional Institutions, so you can take a streamlined route to registering as an EngTech or an IEng. It takes place in two distinct environments: at onshore training facilities and on-board operational submarines. When you join you complete 10 weeks of basic naval training, followed by specialist engineering training, as a MESM focussing on:

  • Learning how machinery works
  • Repairing equipment
  • Making components
  • Using essential tools and techniques
  • Safety procedures

and as a WESM focussing on: 

  • Weapon systems
  • Safety procedures
  • Electrical and electronic repair techniques
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Essential tools and techniques

There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as:

  • Start on a salary of over £33,000. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £51,000
  • An excellent non-contributory pension scheme – we pay into it for you, so you don’t have to sacrifice any salary
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • A £5,000 bonus on being awarded your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified submariner
  • Additional Submariner pay for every day at sea once you’re fully qualified.
  • Free gym and sports, from football to kayaking to kitesurfing
  • Forces Help to Buy scheme – a 0% loan to get you on, or further up, the housing ladder
  • Subsidised travel, accommodation and food

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

  • A quick thinker, with a passion for working with the latest equipment and technology
  • A problem-solver who can work well as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
  • Enthusiasm for fixing and maintaining electronic and mechanical systems

Qualifications Required

A minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above including English Language, mathematics and at least one science

There are 2 options for acceptable qualifications required in addition to the basic academic criteria above:
Option 1

  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma (with a minimum of a Merit Pass) in Engineering discipline

Option 2

  • At least 48 UCAS points in A-levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and STEM subject

Training Provided

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

Advanced Apprenticeship - Engineering Technician comprising of:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Foundation Knowledge)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Development Knowledge)

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.

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