The Royal Navy - Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist (Data Technician Apprenticeship) - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Navy (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Monthly wage £1,666.66
40.0 hours per week Shifts to be confirmed.
18 months (duration)
1 January 2022(start date)
Data Technician (apprenticeship standard)
31 December 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Helping to plan global missions for Royal Marines Commandos and our state-of-the-art aircraft and warships is a huge responsibility. That’s what you’ll be doing as a Royal Navy Hydrography and Meteorology Specialist: building a detailed picture of environmental conditions so that our missions are operationally effective.

Responsibilities

  • You’ll get to choose whether you specialise in Hydrography or Meteorology, and from day one you’ll work towards a Foundation Degree, and then a BSc
  • Hydrographers complete ocean and coastal surveys, recording information on currents, water composition and depth
  • Meteorologists measure the environmental impact on operations, determining cloud cover for our aircraft or oceanographic information for our submarines, and ultimately forecasting the weather
  • Both roles use some of the most advanced kit on the planet

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 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 specialist training at HMS Drake in Devonport.

For Hydrography Specialists, this includes:

  • Learning about tidal theory, the global positioning system, gravity and magnetics
  • Using a range of surveying equipment and techniques
  • Understanding your role as Helmsman, including boat-handling and general seamanship

For Meteorology Specialists, this includes:

  • Learning basic meteorological and oceanographic theory
  • Qualifying as an accredited weather observer
  • Gaining 12 months of experience at a Royal Naval Air Station before going to sea

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

  • Get additional pay starting at £1.90 per day if you specialise in Hydrography
  • An excellent pension scheme
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care

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

  • Analytical thinking and good communication skills
  • Interest in cutting-edge technology
  • A passion for working in new and unique environments
  • Team player

Qualifications Required

No qualifications required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness.

Training Provided

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

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship – Data Technician

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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