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Careers / Joining options


The beginning of an adventure that will take you all around the world. Our world-class training means you’ll have all the skills you need to succeed.

Interested in starting a Royal Navy apprenticeship?

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Earn while you learn

A pay and benefits package with real earning potential from day one. All while you gain the transferable skills and qualifications to help you find success. You‘ll make an immediate impact, receive competitive compensation, and gain valuable transferable skills for a successful civilian care.
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Rated outstanding

Our apprenticeships were judged by Ofsted to be ‘Outstanding’. The Royal Navy is rated as a ‘Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer’, with one of the highest completion rates in the UK.

Starting a Royal Navy apprenticeship means you get the travel and adventure of a gap year, while also gaining the new skills and experience you’d get at college or university. From day one of training, you’ll be making friends and enjoying a sense of camaraderie you won’t find anywhere else. 
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Guaranteed job on completion

Completing your apprenticeship usually takes 12-18 months but it will depend on the job you are doing, and it’s just the start of your journey. Show potential and work hard, and in return you’ll have all the support you need to progress quickly.

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Become a specialist

A future in the Royal Navy can be whatever you want it to be. You can tailor the career you want by choosing a role in a branch and service that interests you.

We offer more than 20 apprenticeships across a wide variety of roles. You’ll get a competitive salary from day one, travel the world, be empowered to make a difference – and supported to get further, faster.
Think an apprenticeship means being stuck in a classroom all day? Think again. With the Royal Navy you’ll be learning on the job and applying your newfound skills in real work situations.

Our apprenticeship schemes

There are two main schemes; rating roles (Intermediate Apprenticeships) and Accelerated Apprenticeships (Fast Track). So, whether you’re a school leaver, have qualifications you want to build on or want to retrain without going back into education, there’s a place for you.

Join as a rating and you’re automatically enrolled in an Intermediate Apprenticeship. That means you’ll learn on the job and earn a wage, at the same time as studying for your qualification.

Later in your career, there’s an opportunity to progress and gain other civilian recognised qualifications. This could include an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship.

You’ll be part of the Royal Navy’s main workforce, doing the work that’s the foundation of our operations. As you learn your trade, you’ll progress through the ranks on merit. And there’s the chance to be selected for officer training at any point.

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Regardless of the role you choose, you’ll need the right attitude, a passion for travel and a real sense of adventure – we’ll help you with the rest.

There are a number of different apprenticeship schemes available, so it’s easy to find a role that suits you, whether you’re a school leaver, have further qualifications, or are planning to go to university.

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How you could progress

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Find your place in the Royal Navy. Make friends for life, learn new skills and experience the world.

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