Training For The Role
You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle.
If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate.
If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training.
Then it’s off to the Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment near Camberley for nine weeks. Here, you learn military engineering skills such as knots and lashings, demolition, mine warfare and bridge building.
Finally, you go the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham for 34 weeks. Here, you learn about water supply, heating systems and roofing.
You also learn the basics of gas supply and appliances.
Age : 16 years 6 months - 35 years 6 months Qualifications : GCSE Grade A C / 9-4 in at least English Language, Maths and one other subject Fitness : Lift 35kg, Carry 120m, 1.
5 mile run in 13 min15 sec (14min 30 sec for junior entry)
From 1 April 2019, the tests you take at the Assessment Centre will change.
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications You Could Get After Training
Learn about rank progression here.
Pay and Benefits
Earn £15,230 during training. When your Initial training is finished, and you join your unit as a Sapper, your pay will rise to £18,859.