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Welcome to Royal Navy Apprenticeships

Working in the Royal Navy or Royal Marines isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life – full of excitement, travel, camaraderie and career opportunities. From protecting our nation’s interests in combat and saving lives through humanitarian missions. To safeguarding home waters and defending trade routes from pirates. In the Royal Navy, what you do makes a real difference.  

What Royal Navy jobs give you

The next challenge. A real adventure. Extraordinary experiences – even when you join as a civilian reservist in the Royal Naval or Royal Marines Reserve. 

Living a life without limits isn’t always easy. Our careers take hard work, discipline, determination and teamwork. The rewards, though, outweigh those of any ordinary job.


About us

The Royal Navy is one of the UK’s largest training organisations. Each year, around 3000 new entrants join our apprenticeship schemes, with success rates of over 90% in some areas. In 2008, we were runners-up in the ‘Employer of the Year’ category at the National Employer Service Awards, while in February 2009, we received an ‘Outstanding’ grade for engineering from OFSTED. 

All our apprenticeships and other qualifications required by the Royal Navy, which range from GCSEs to Masters degrees, are fully-funded by us, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees. 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.

Travel, adventure, friendship, challenge, knowing you’re doing something really worthwhile – a career with the Royal Navy offers you more than any job you’ll find in civilian life. The same goes for the training you’ll receive, which starts the day you join and lasts right through your time with us.

Learner success

Skills for LIfe

Whatever Royal Navy job you choose, you’ll begin your career on one of our apprenticeship schemes. We currently have 11 level 2 programmes, covering the same skills and knowledge, to the same standards, as civilian apprenticeships.

What makes ours special is that they’ll also equip you for the special demands of working in a Royal Navy ship, submarine, shore base or air station.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Royal Navy Apprenticeships directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information


  • A: Royal Marines Commandos
  • B: Maritime Warfare School
    • Address:
    • HMS Collingwood
    • Fareham
    • PO14 1AS
    • More information:
    • The MWS is now part of the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) organisation, delivering Warfare Training on five sites; Horsea Island, HMS Temeraire and HMS Excellent all in Portsmouth, Hampshire and HMS Raleigh in Cornwall and of course HMS Collingwood in Fareham, Hampshire.

  • C: HMS Raleigh
    • Address:
    • Torpoint
    • PL11 2PD
    • More information:
    • HMS Raleigh is the largest Royal Navy training establishment in the South West, consisting of a 239 acre main site, a maritime training centre on the River Lynher and satellite bases for leadership and team-working exercises on the Rame peninsular and Dartmoor.

      HMS Raleigh is the ‘front door’ for entry into the Royal Navy with ratings of all branches receiving their 10 week Initial Naval Training.

      There are 7 schools on the site that provide training across a spectrum from the Submarine School, to Damage Control and Board & Search – which also train members of the Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Royal Navy Reserve.

      On a typical day there are around 2,200 people on site.

  • D: Defence Medical Services Training Centre
  • E: HMS Sultan
    • Address:
    • Military Road
    • Gosport
    • PO12 3BY
    • More information:
    • HMS Sultan is the home of Defence School of Marine Engineering (DSMarE) and the Royal Naval Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS).

  • F: RNAS Yeovilton
    • Address:
    • Royal Naval Air Station
    • Yeovilton
    • Yeovil
    • BA22 8HT
    • More information:
    • RNAS Yeovilton is one of the Navy's two principal air bases, and one of the busiest military airfields in the UK. It is home to more than 100 aircraft operated both front-line squadrons and training units including all Fleet Air Arm Lynx and Commando Helicopter Force, plus vintage aircraft of the RN Historic Flight.

      The base is located near Yeovil in Somerset and covers around 1,400 acres with the main airfield in Yeovilton itself and the satellite at Ilton (Merryfield). Some 4,300 personnel, Service and civilian, including MoD employees and permanent contractors are employed on the site. The air station also hosts a large support staff from the Defence Equipment and Support organisation, and the world famous Fleet Air Arm Museum.

  • G: RNAS Culdrose
    • Address:
    • Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose
    • HMS Seahawk
    • Helston
    • TR12 7RH
    • More information:
    • Home to the Royal Navy’s Merlins plus a sizable proportion of its Sea Kings, Culdrose – just outside Helston on the Lizard Peninsula – is the largest helicopter base in Europe with some 75 aircraft and 3,000 personnel. It is the biggest single-site employer in Cornwall, pumping £100m into the local economy every year.

  • H: All Royal Navy Apprenticeships
    • Address:
    • Navy Command HQ
    • Whale Island
    • Portsmouth
    • PO2 8EA
    • More information:
    • The Navy Command Headquarters is based at Whale Island, Portsmouth, it includes the Command Centre in Northwood, and also has support staff in Portsmouth Naval Base.