Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner)

Service:Submarine Service
Branch:Engineering
Level:Rating
Technology
Mechanics
An Advanced Apprenticeship Air Engineering rating working on Royal Navy kit.
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At a glance

What you'll do

Joining the Royal Navy on the Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner) means being fast-tracked to working with one of our most elite teams. You'll be paid to study, gain practical skills and use highly sophisticated equipment.  After that you'll spend time in active service as either a Marine Engineer Submariner(MESM) or Weapon Engineer Submariner (WESM).  As a MESM, that will mean operating and maintaining the nuclear reactor of a Vanguard or Astute Class submarine, where you'll be part of some highly-classified operations.  Alternatively, as a WESM you could be guaranteeing the efficiency of Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles, or providing the nation's nuclear deterrent

Your role

  • Be a crucial part of one of our most respected and highly-trained teams.  You'll be supporting your boat's nuclear reactor, ensuring its safe operation, and maintaining all the support systems that are vital to submarine missions
  • Work on board a Vanguard Class submarine, ensuring the nation's nuclear deterrent is operational, or an Astute Class vessel where you'll be part of some highly-classified hunter killer operations
  • Operate at the highest levels of the industry as you complete an accelerated scheme to become a nuclear engineer.  After that you can extend your service, apply to become a commissioned officer, or transfer your new skills to a career in the civilian sector

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • An Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3) in Engineering
  • The opportunity to complete a Foundation Degree

Skills you'll develop

  • You’ll learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet, including our submarine's nuclear reactor, and become familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical systems
  • Gain a firm grounding in electrical and mechanical engineering principles, and an indepth understanding of nuclear reactor theory

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 3 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language, Maths and at least one science; before 2017, you need 3 at grades A*– C

    There are 2 options for acceptable qualifications required in addition to the basic academic criteria above:
  • Option 1

    A national Qualifications Framework Level                       3 Diploma (120 credit) in Engineering,
            Mechanical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic
            Engineering or Operations and Maintenance
            Engineering with a minimum grade of 'Merit'   

  • Option 2

2 x GCE A-levels or equivalent, which must be in Maths and physics at Grade D or above

  • You need to be aged 17 to 25
  • You need to be a minimum height of 157cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or a dual national

Skills and interests

  • A quick thinker, with a keen interest in mechanics and electrics
  • A problem-solver who can work well as part of a team
  • A real sense of adventure, with a high level of physical and mental fitness
  • Enthusiasm for learning to maintain and fix cutting-edge equipment
Check Eligibility

Starting your career

Joining process

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

  • Submit an application

    Once you’ve registered your interest and have satisfied the basic eligibility criteria, you will be sent an online application form

  • Naval Service Recruitment Test (NSRT)

    You’ll be tested on general reasoning, verbal ability, numeracy and mechanical comprehension

  • Interview

    A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

  • Medical and eye tests

    These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

  • Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

    This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you

  • Pre Royal Navy Course (PRNC)

    This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy is a pass or fail course

  • Start training

    Once you’ve passed a Security Check, you’ll be offered a place at HMS Raleigh


Initial training

Your Royal Navy career begins with 10 weeks’ basic training at HMS Raleigh, a shore base in Torpoint, Cornwall. The discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting and weapon handling skills you learn here will stay with you right through your career.

Aim to get yourself as fit as possible before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if you can’t swim, make sure you learn by the time you join us.


Professional training

You’ll be embarking on one of the world’s top apprenticeship schemes, which means training will be a constant feature of your time with us. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be valued by a future civilian employer. It will also be recognised by Professional Institutions, so you can take a streamlined route to registering as an EngTech or an IEng.

Once you have the essential military and maritime skills under your belt, you’ll undertake marine engineering training at HMS Sultan, focussing on:

  • Learning how machinery works

  • Repairing equipment

  • Making components

  • Using essential tools and techniques
  • Safety procedures