Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Marine Engineering)

Service:Surface Fleet
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At a glance

What you'll do

Joining the Royal Navy on the Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme (Marine Engineering) means being fast-tracked to a crucial role within our marine engineering team. It will be your job to make sure our state-of-the-art warships are ready for action. Wherever you are, whatever the problem, you’ll keep us moving. You might be working in the Engine Room of a Type 45 Destroyer on operations in the Med, or providing electricity for the crew of a Type 23 Frigate off the coast of Bahrain.

You’ll join as a Probationary Leading Hand, which is two ranks higher than most Engineering Technicians, and get real variety from the moment you start.

If you have questions, talk to us

Your role

  • Be a key part of the immense engineering effort that goes into powering our ships, keeping every operation on track, and making some essential missions possible.
  • Find innovative and resourceful solutions to complex problems, applying the engineering skills and knowledge you gain, in a world where there is no such thing as standard.
  • Get your hands on of some of the most sophisticated equipment on the planet, working with your team, and under the guidance of the Marine Engineer Officer.
  • Complete daily rounds, checking equipment to ensure the ship remains operational. You’ll need to be precise and pay attention to detail, because even the smallest oversight can have a big impact on the rest of the ship

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • An Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3) in Engineering Manufacturing

Opportunities open to you  

  • You could work toward a degree like Mechanical  Engineering

Skills you'll develop

  • Use your natural aptitude for fixing things, on a massive scale. 
  • Learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet and become familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical systems. 
  • You could be working on one of our new Type 45 Destroyers or QE Class Aircraft Carriers, the most advanced warships the nation has ever built.

What you'll need


  • You need to be aged 17 - 25
  • A National of the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth citizen or Dual National
  • Pass the Naval Swimming Test
  • A minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and at least one science PLUS:


  • National Qualifications Framework Level 3 Diploma (with a minimum of a Merit Pass) in an engineering discipline, OR 


  • At least 48 UCAS points in A-levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and a STEM subject


Skills and interests

  • A quick thinker, with a passion for working with the latest equipment and technology
  • 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 fixing and maintaining electronic and mechanical systems


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