- 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
- 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
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.
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
There are many benefits of undertaking an Apprenticeship within the Royal Navy, such as:
- Start on a salary of over £15,600, rising to £20,000 on completion of your role specific training. As your career progresses you have the potential to earn in excess of £51,000
- 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.
- A keen interest in food and hospitality
- Calm under the pressures of a busy kitchen
- Team player
- Ready to help crewmates on operation
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.
No qualifications required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness.
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.