Lifelong learning

When you join the Naval Service your learning doesn’t end with your initial training at HMS Raleigh, Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM) or Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC). Throughout your career you’ll have the chance to continually develop and add to your skills. Because we’re one of the biggest training providers in the country, you will have countless opportunities to further your education. 

The qualifications, diplomas and awards you earn will be available at minimum or no cost to you, and you can even continue your studies while you’re on deployment. We support people with specific educational needs, and you’ll also have access to Europe’s largest online learning programme through the Defence Learning Portal.

What’s more, depending on which branch of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines you’re in, you will also be able to receive specialist training to help you in your chosen role.

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Learning by service

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Improving your skill set:

If you join us without any formal qualifications, we’ll help you gain GCSEs, A-levels or even a Bachelors or Masters degree during your career. As well as providing our own courses, we have two schemes that offer generous financial support if you want to carry out other training, whether it’s directly relevant to your work with us or not. 

Help with costs:

The Standard Learning Credit Scheme, which is available to everyone, gives you up to £175 every year for all kinds of training courses. The Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme, which is open to you after a minimum period of service, provides funding of up to £6,000 over three years, which you can use for training for up to 10 years after you leave the Royal Navy.

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Development as a Royal Marines Commando:

All Royal Marine Commandos go through a key-skills programme, which will earn you a Public Services Apprenticeship. When you’re chosen for a command course, you can find all the reference material you need in our library.

Development as a Royal Marines Officer:

University short courses in subjects such as management, politics and international relations are available free of charge. 

Help with costs:

All Royal Marine Commandos benefit from two educational allowances. The Standard Learning Credit Scheme, which is available to everyone, gives you up to £175 every year for all kinds of training courses. The Enhanced Learning Credit Scheme, which is open to you after a minimum period of service, provides funding of up to £6,000 over three years, which you can use for training for up to 10 years after you leave the Royal Marines.

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Basic skills training:

Like all seafarers, you’ll be trained in fire fighting, sea survival, first aid, personal safety and social responsibilities – all of which are required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). As an officer, you will the chance to gain higher degrees and management qualifications.

What you’ll learn:

As a rating or as an officer, much of your training in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary is ‘on the job’. But you’ll also be fully funded while you gain your MCA certificates for certain jobs. These will both help you develop your career with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. They’re also recognised by other Merchant Navy employers.

As a rating, you’ll earn a relevant NVQ to at least Level 2. This depends on which department you’re in. In Communications you won’t study an NVQ and Deck Ratings follow a Merchant Navy qualification instead. Whatever qualification you get, it will boost your career prospects both within and beyond the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

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Your work counts:

Each stage of your musical development and career progression also provides civilian musical qualifications through a link to Portsmouth University. As a member of the RMBS, you are eligible for a fully funded BMus (Hons) degree course (this qualification is not currently available to members of the Buglers’ Branch).

RMBS players may go on to become musical instructors at the Royal Marines School of Music, training new generations of musicians.

Management careers:

All officers in the RMBS – right up to the Principal Director of Music – begin their careers at the most junior rank. The RMBS believes that promoting working musicians is the only way to get the blend of leadership and musicianship that a management role demands.

Gaining a commission in the RMBS is through selection at an Admiralty Interview Board, as for all Royal Navy and Royal Marines officer roles.

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