Accelerated Apprentice scheme (Air Engineering)

Service:Fleet Air Arm
Branch:Engineering
Level:Rating
Mechanics
Technology
An Advanced Apprenticeship Air Engineering rating working on a Royal Navy aircraft.
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The role at a glance

What you’ll do

Joining the Royal Navy on the Accelerated Apprentice Scheme (Air Engineering) means being fast-tracked to working with our most advanced aircraft. You’ll receive accelerated training, so you can be part of the team that maintains, services and inspects the Fleet Air Arm’s helicopters and fighter jets. They can’t fly unless everything is safe – and that’s where you come in. Unlike comparable civilian roles, you’ll quickly find yourself in charge of some of the most sophisticated kit in existence, as you join as a Probationary Leading Hand – two ranks higher than most Engineering Technicians.

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.

 

What you’ll get

Skills for life

Qualifications you'll gain

  • Qulifications in Aircraft Engineering
  • The opportunity to complete a Foundation Degree 

Skills you'll develop

  • You’ll 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
  • 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 expert

 

Accelerated Apprentice Scheme Air Engineering

What you'll need

Eligibility

  • If you take your GCSEs after the start of 2017, you need 3 at grades 9 – 4, including English Language, Maths and at least one science; before 2017, you need 3 at grades A*– C

    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 (120 credit) in Aeronautical Engineering, with a minimum grade of ‘Merit’

    Option 2
    2 x GCE A-levels which must be in Maths and Physics at Grade D or above

    and;

    A National Qualifications Framework Level 2 Diploma that includes a tought minimum of 120 Guided Learning (GLH) in Aeronautical Engineering (incl. Aerospace, Aircraft or Aerospace and Aviation Engineering) with a minimum grade of 'Pass'
  • 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 Irish national, a Commonwealth citizen who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying, or a dual national

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

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 (NRST)

    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, it’s time to start your specialist training, beginning with six months at the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering.