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Engineering Apprenticeships

We’re world leaders when it comes to training our people. We need to be, because our kit is some of the most advanced on the planet. That means you’ll get the opportunity to put classroom theory into on-the-job practice. If you want to join the Royal Navy as an engineer, but aren’t eligible to start as an officer, you could get the accelerated development you’re looking for with one of our apprenticeship schemes.

Few careers can offer this level of professional training, combined with a starting salary of more than £30,000, and the opportunity to gain internationally recognised qualifications that are fully funded. You’ll be starting a journey that will take you around the world, up the career ladder, and to the next level of achievement and adventure. Find out more about the schemes we offer below.

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Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme

If you’re passionate about engineering, and want to do most of your learning on the job, joining the Royal Navy on an Advanced Apprenticeship is your opportunity to get ahead.

You can choose marine, weapon or air engineering, getting your hands on some incredible kit from the day you start. You’ll be embarking on one of the world’s top apprenticeship schemes, joining as a Leading Hand, which is two ranks higher than other Engineering Technicians entering the Service.

You’ll be offered an 11-year career, with the option to apply for an extension up to 20 years. Depending on the discipline you choose, you’ll be the person who keeps our ships moving, our weapons fully operational, or our aircraft in the sky. It’s a job that comes with real responsibility, which is why we give you all the training you need, and the opportunity to gain qualifications that will see you develop into a world-class engineer.

Qualifications and age

  • You need to be aged 17-21 on entry
  • Three GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or better, including maths, English language and at least one science
  • A National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma (120 credit) in Aeronautical, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, with a minimum grade of ‘Merit’

Pay and benefits

  • Starting salary of £31,100 rising to over £48,000 as your career progresses 
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Adventurous training opportunities and access to superb sports facilities
  • One of the best pensions available
  • Free EngTech and IEng registration
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Engineering Technician roles

All our engineering roles offer you the ability to learn on the job. No matter what role you apply for, training and continued learning will be a really important part of your career. We'll help you gain civilian and professional qualifications, from NVQs to degrees and even professional registration. 

All our apprenticeships and other qualifications required by the Royal Navy are funded by us, so you won’t have a huge student debt. They’re also accredited by civilian exam boards, universities and industrial and professional organisations, which means they’ll be recognised and valued by a future employer outside the Royal Navy.

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UGAS

If you’re interested in receiving a fully-funded engineering degree then our Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme (UGAS) could be for you. You'll specialise in nuclear engineering (UGAS (MESM)) or weapon engineering (UGAS (WESM)), and push your skills to the limit in the Submarine Service, experiencing things you’d never encounter as a civilian.

If you’re educated to A level, BTEC Level 3 or equivalent, you could be eligible to start a tailored 8½-year career in the Royal Navy. You’ll combine your time on board active submarines, with studying for a degree that’s paid for by us – all while earning more than £30,000 from day one.

If you choose UGAS (MESM), you’ll spend your time maintaining the boat’s nuclear reactor, and ensuring that all of the vital systems are fully functional, from propulsion, to air purification. With UGAS (WESM), your focus will be on all things weapons. That isn’t just the ballistic missiles that are our nation’s nuclear deterrent, but a range of torpedoes and the all-important detection equipment that’s the eyes and ears of the submarine.

Entry Requirements

  • You need to be aged 18-34 on entry
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or better, including maths, English language and at least one science
  • 160 UCAS points gained from Level 3 STEM qualifications (BTEC, A/A2/AS or equivalents) in an engineering discipline, or in maths and at least one in physical science, engineering or computing subject.

Pay and benefits

  • Starting salary of over £31,000 rising to over £45,000 as your career progresses to Petty Officer
  • A fully funded BEng (Hons) degree in Engineering (UGAS (WESM), or Marine Engineering (UGAS (MESM))
  • Get a £5,000 bonus when you earn your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner
  • Six weeks of paid holiday every year
  • Free medical and dental care
  • Adventurous training opportunities and access to superb sports facilities
  • One of the best pensions available
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How to apply

The first step is to find the engineering role that best suits your interests and ambitions. You’ll need to make sure you’re eligible, before letting us know you’re interested using the online form. There’s no commitment to join at this stage – we’ll get in touch to talk through your options and best course of action.

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