The Royal Navy - Naval Airman Aircraft Handler Apprenticeship - Intermediate (Level 2)
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- Your core responsibility is to ensure our aircraft are in the right place and ready for action when we need them
- On a ship, you’ll operate the lift that brings the aircraft out of the hangar before securing them to the flight deck. Sometimes you’ll be up against challenging weather conditions, so it’s an element of your role that requires real skill, judgement and perseverance
- During training you’ll develop the skills you need to fight fuel, hangar and aircraft fires. That means in the event of an emergency, everyone will look to you for guidance
- You’ll need to use all of your powers of concentration, every day. As you manoeuvre aircraft in to place, lives may be at stake. Any driving experience you have will be put to use as you form part of the team that keeps our aircraft flight ready
- It’s a physical job where you’ll work outside in all conditions, but by making sure that our jets and helicopters are in the right place at the right time, you’ll be playing a key role in providing Royal Navy’s airborne capability
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 six months at the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose in Cornwall, working in an aircraft hangar or a flight deck team. You’ll learn to use the lifts, mechanical handlers and chocks and lashings used on board ship. You’ll also learn to fight fuel, hangar and aircraft fires. When you’ve finished you’ll be posted to your first operational squadron.
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
- Six weeks of paid holiday every year
- Free medical and dental care
- 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 passion for working with state-of-the-art aircraft
- A keen attention to detail
- Good hand-to-eye coordination
- A willingness to learn new skills
- An adventurous spirit
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 – Aviation Ground Operative
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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The Royal Navy is the United Kingdom's naval warfare force.
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