What will the apprentice be doing?
- Be a central part of the Royal Navy’s aviation capabilities, getting to work with our planes and helicopters, and making sure that they can take off whenever they’re needed.
- Develop your engineering skills and specialise in mechanical technology and avionics. You’ll need to use all of the knowledge you gain in training, to find innovative solutions to complex problems, often under pressure.
- You will have the opportunity to serve on the world's most advanced Frigates, Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers with new and exciting aircraft Forces. This includes the F35B Lightning Stealth fighter at RAF Marham, the Merlin Mk2 Submarine Hunter, at RNAS Culdrose, the Merlin Mk4 Commando Helicopter and the Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter at RNAS Yeovilton.
- Maintain, service and inspect the Fleet Air Arm’s aircraft, working with your team at the highest levels of the engineering industry.
What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?
Once qualified you will be a qualified Air Engineer - Aviation Maintenance Mechanic (Military).
You’ll start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond.
Training 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 six months of training at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering, focussing on:
- Understanding basic engineering principles.
- Engineering procedures.
- Aviation safety principles.
- Aircraft systems and equipment.
- Weapons, ordnance, munitions and explosive safety.
- Learning essential skills and techniques.
- Developing the attributes and ethos required of a rating in the Fleet Air Arm.
What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?
Training and development continue throughout your career with the Royal Navy.
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• No qualifications required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness
Skills RequiredCommunication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience
Qualifications RequiredGCSE or equivalent Math and English (Grade GCSE Level C/4) Desired