Training Management Officer

Service:Surface Fleet
  • This role is not currently being recruited for. You may wish to look at Warfare Officer (Submariner) and Wafare Officer Surface Fleet

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At a glance

What you’ll do

Our people make the Royal Navy the force it is. They’re our biggest asset. Being a Training Management Officer means supporting the development of officers and ratings all over the world. You’re the person who makes sure they have the right skills, knowledge and qualifications for every situation and role. There are opportunities to serve in the surface fleet, submarine service and alongside Royal Marines as a Commando.

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Your role

  • Manage the training and development of the Royal Navy's most valuable asset, our people, to ensure they are prepared for global operations.
  • As specialists in the 'Defence Systems Approach to Training' you will Influence, Shape and Drive Innovation within Training. 
  • Ensure that, in partnership with industry, new ships, submarines, aircraft and equipment enter service which are adequately supported by the right training.
  • Support the continuous development of individuals, teams and organisations through education, coaching, mentoring and leadership and management to deliver operational effect.
  • Your career as a Training Manager provides you with the opportunity to qualify as a Commando and work alongside 3 Commando Brigade wherever it finds itself deployed.  In this capacity your responsibilities will include the management of learning & development provision and professional military education for Royal Marines in the operational units, media and information operations, as well as providing training support in the development of niche Royal Marines capabilities. 
  • You may choose to qualify as a Training Manager Submariner.  As well as serving on a submarine providing education and personal development opportunities, you will also be employed in roles that see you provide specialist support to the Royal Navy and other defence agencies in maintaining submarine operations. 
  • Core TM skill-sets are in demand and are routinely required in operational theatres.

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • A CIPD-accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development and Training Management within 6 years.
  • Opportunities for funded post-grad study, including targeted MSc or MA in a range of training-related areas like Leadership and Management.
  • Work towards a ILM/CMI Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring.

Skills you'll develop

  • Progress from training practitioner to training consultant. 
  • Gain coaching and mentoring skills to support the development of others.
  • Manage contracts and industry partnering arrangements.

Career progression

What you'll need


  • You’ll need to be aged 18 to 39
  • An honours degree in any subject
  • You’ll need a minimum of 72 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g., BTEC)
  • You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
  • Minimum height of 145cm
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • An interest in Coaching and Mentoring to support personal development
  • An agile and enquiring mind, with the ability to grasp new concepts quickly
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, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

  • Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

    You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
    To prepare, you can practise the DAA

  • 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

  • Interview

    You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

  • Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

    This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance

Initial training

You’ll spend 30 weeks training at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, focusing on: Military Skills, Maritime Skills and Initial Fleet Time. The military skills phase includes learning leadership and teamwork skills, and the principles of command and management. You will put this into practice during several exercises on Dartmoor.

Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in good 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

Your professional training starts with the 24-week systems Training Management Officers’ Course, focussing on:

  • Progressing from practitioner to manager
  • Gaining a broad understanding of training and training management
  • Starting the Training Management Continuous Professional Development Programme
  • Achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Development

Once you’ve refined your skills, you’ll start your career with the Royal Navy or Royal Marines. After that, you’ll be deployed to where you’re needed most, both at home and abroad.

This role is not currently being recruited for. You may wish to look at Warfare Officer (Submariner) and Wafare Officer Surface Fleet

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