Duties and responsibilities will include:
- Take responsibility for the safety of your crewmates. Whether that’s ensuring your boat is able to defend itself, or identifying threats and helping the submarine stay undetected
- Maintain and operate the complex communication, detection and weapon systems, and guarantee missiles, and torpedoes are fully operational.
- Get your hands on some of the most sophisticated electronic equipment in existence, working with your team, and under the guidance of the Engineer Officer
- Complete daily rounds, checking equipment to ensure the boat remains operational, and finding innovative solutions when there’s a problem
- 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 that will continue throughout your career with the Royal Navy. 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 five months of Submariner weapons training, focussing on:
- Weapon systems
- Safety procedures
- Electrical and electronic repair techniques
- Hydraulics and pneumatics
- Essential tools and techniques
This will be followed by a further four months at HMS Raleigh in the Submarine School, where you’ll learn all about the boat and how to use the equipment. At the end of this phase, you’ll sit an exam. If you pass, you’ll earn your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner – and join your crew.
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
- A £5,000 bonus on being awarded your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner
- Additional Submariner pay each day at sea once you’re fully qualified.
- 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
- Free medical and dental care
- Extra financial bonuses if you’re on a longer operation
- Forces Help to Buy scheme – a 0% loan to get you on, or further up, the housing ladder
- Subsidised travel, accommodation, and food
- 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 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 and great people skills
- Enthusiasm for fixing and maintaining electronic and mechanical systems
No qualifications required – just that you pass a Recruit Test and are in a good state of health and fitness.
Level 2 Maritime Mechanical and Electrical Mechanic apprenticeship standard, which includes:
- Level 1/2 functional skills in maths and English (if required)
- End-Point Assessment (EPA)
- Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (Competence)
- Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence (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.