Accelerated Apprentice scheme
Royal Navy
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
3d ago

Your role

  • Be a central part of the Royal Navy’s aviation capabilities, getting hands-on with our jets and helicopters, and making sure they can take off whenever they’re needed.
  • Develop your engineering skills and specialise in mechanical technology and avionics. You’ll need to use all of your knowledge to find innovative solutions to complex problems, often under pressure.
  • Serve on board a frigate, destroyer, aircraft carrier, at a Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS), or with a frontline squadron based overseas, looking after everything from the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to our Merlin helicopters.
  • Maintain, service and inspect the Fleet Air Arm’s aircraft, working with your team before and after every flight, and operating at the highest levels of the engineering industry.
  • Skills for life

    Qualifications you'll gain

  • An Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3) in Aircraft Engineering
  • Opportunities open to you

  • You could work toward a degree like Aeronautical Engineering
  • Skills you'll develop

  • Use your natural aptitude for fixing things, on a massive scale. You’ll choose between rotary and fixed wing aircraft, developing all the specialist knowledge you need to become an engineering expert.
  • Learn to maintain and operate some of the most cutting-edge kit on the planet.
  • Work with interesting, sophisticated mechanical systems, like the F35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the Wildcat and Merlin helicopters.
  • Pay and benefits

  • A starting salary of £33,000, rising to £51,000 as your career progresses.
  • 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 plus public holidays.
  • Free medical and dental care.
  • Amazing opportunities, including world travel and adventurous training for two weeks 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.
  • Handy discounts with lots of top brands, from Marriott hotels to Audi cars to high street stores.
  • View all Royal Navy benefits


  • A minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Mathematics and at least one science
  • You need to be aged 17 to 25
  • You need to be a minimum height of 151.5cm and within the healthy range for Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • You must be a British or British Dual National, who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying
  • There are 2 options for acceptable vocational qualifications which are 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 an engineering discipline
  • Option 2

  • 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
  • An affinity for aircraft and avionics
  • Enthusiasm for fixing and maintaining electronic and mechanical system
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