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Qualifications & skills
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Qualifications & skills

No matter where you’ve come from or where you want to go, a career in the Royal Navy means you can gain all the qualifications you need.

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World class training

Your career – and how far you take it – is in your hands.

We invest heavily in the training that will make you world-class in your role. You’ll have a structured route through the ranks, with fast-track, on-the-job training.

It’s hard work. But what you put in is what you’ll get out.

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An apprenticeship in the Royal Navy is the beginning of an adventure.

One that will take you around the world. We offer more than 20 apprenticeships across a wide variety of roles. And our world-class training means you‘ll have all the transferable skills you need to succeed.

Learn more about apprenticeships
It may be that you’re a graduate with a degree under your belt. Or you could have just left school, ready to take on something new and develop some skills.
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Qualifications with us go far beyond your Navy role.

You’ll be able to work towards any qualification you want. From GSCEs to degrees and everything in between. That includes industry-specific charterships.

A future in the Royal Navy means you’ll get further, faster. How far you go is up to you.

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Life skills

Get the practical and professional skills you need to perform in extraordinary circumstances.

Think time management, leadership, teamwork and problem-solving. And crucially, how to deal with challenging situations. You’ll learn a lot about people – yourself included – and communicating with them at all levels.

All of this happens on the job, so your future is fast-tracked on every level.

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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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