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Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner)

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Royal Navy

Holywood, United Kingdom

Sir Jonathon Band

$5 to $25 million (USD)


Published 1783 days ago

At a glance
£5,000 Bonus

For earning your 'Dolphins' plus additional pay

6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


The minimum diploma grade you need


The minimum amount you'll earn


Earn over this amount as you progress


Route your way to EngTech and IEng


Potential for foundation degree

What you’ll do

Joining the Royal Navy on the Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Submariner) means furthering your career with one of our most elite teams, where you’ll be paid to study, gain practical skills and use highly sophisticated equipment.

You'll spend time in active service as either a Marine Engineer Submariner (MESM) or Weapon Engineer Submariner (WESM). As a MESM, you’ll operate and maintain the nuclear reactor of a submarine, taking part in highly classified operations. Alternatively, as a WESM you’ll guarantee the efficiency of Spearfish torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles, or provide the nation's nuclear deterrent.IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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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 in Mechanical or Electronic Engineering depending on your career progression and your career stream.

Skills you'll develop
Gain a firm grounding in electrical and mechanical engineering principles, and an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of nuclear reactor theory.

You’ll learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet.

You’ll become familiar with a variety of sophisticated mechanical systems – as well as an opportunity to manage and maintain a submarine's nuclear reactor.

Pay and benefits
A salary of at least £37,700 on starting training
Earnings of over £85,000 as your career progresses
A £5,000 bonus on being awarded your Dolphins – the mark of a qualified Submariner
Additional pay starting at over £1200 per month at sea once qualified
An excellent non-contributory pension scheme – we pay into it for you, so you don’t have to sacrifice any salary
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free gym and sports, from football to kayaking to kite-surfing
Forces Help to Buy scheme – a 0% loan to get you on, or further up, the housing ladder
Subsidised travel, accommodation and food

What you'll need
You need to be aged 17 to 25
A minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above including Mathematics, English language and at least one Science
British National (or hold Dual Nationality iaw UKSV policy)
You need to be a minimum height of 157cm
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

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 (with a minimum of a Merit Pass) in Engineering discipline

Option 2

At least 48 UCAS points in A-levels (or equivalent)in Mathematics and a STEM based subject (minimum grade D or above in each subject)
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

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

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

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


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role. This is normally conducted using your own device over the Shine video platform

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

Candidate Preparation Course (CPC)

This four-day induction to life in the Royal Navy, including a Swimming Test and a fitness assessment, is a pass or fail course

Start training

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

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