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Protecting our nation’s interests: guardian, diplomat and humanitarian force for good. Learn more about the Royal Navy’s priorities and what we do day-to-day.
The stability of our nation depends on the freedom of the seas. Our presence is key to achieving this.
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Ensuring the security of home and international waters is central to the stability and prosperity of Britain and the world economy.
We work with our allies and partners to help cement the relationships that our nation depends on.
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Maintaining a state of readiness to protect the interests of Britain and our allies.
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Safeguarding the essential trade routes that Britain depends on for 95% of its economic activity.
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Our ability to overcome adverse conditions means we’re often the first to respond when disaster strikes.
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Royal Navy personnel may come from all walks of life, but they are united by one thing: a commitment to protecting our nation’s interests, no matter what.
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The Royal Navy is a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team and together we protect the nation's interest.
Every day, our dedicated people are working hard across the globe protecting our nation’s interests. This is where we recognise the difference they make.
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We empower all our people, by respecting and valuing what makes them different.
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The senior Naval staff use their wealth of experience to oversee all aspects of the Royal Navy’s activities, from operations and administration to personnel and logistics.
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Whether it be in the heat of the desert or ice of the Antarctic, we are ready for action in the most extreme environments on earth.
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Exercise Joint Warrior is the largest military exercise in Europe, bringing together the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and the British Army, as well as forces from other nations.
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What you’ll do
It’s not just our engines that need fuel, our people do too. As a Chef Apprentice, you’re the person who provides it, with three square meals every day. The nutritious food you provide will keep your crewmates going, so they can keep our ships moving. Alongside the Head Chef you’ll learn all about high-pressure, high-volume cooking, as well as gaining skills in fine dining. From day one you’ll be travelling the world, using new ingredients and experiencing things you’d never encounter in a civilian apprenticeship.
Chef Apprentice RFA
I wanted to learn my trade as a chef, and travelling the world has always appealed to me. Now I get to combine the two. I’d never even heard of some of the ingredients I get to use.
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- Start your professional cookery career by learning how to use a variety of ingredients and styles. You’ll work under the guidance of an experienced Head Chef, creating varied menus for the entire crew.
- Outside of the galley, you’ll have crucial duties to perform as part of the ship’s company, including firefighting, first aid, and being a member of the damage control team.
- Unlike most civilian apprenticeships, you’ll have real responsibility from the day you start, working in challenging environments all over the world. The ship’s galley is hot and hectic, so you’ll need to have a calm temperament at all times.
- It’s your job to make the ship feel like a home from home for your crewmates. Many of them will be at sea for months at a time and will look forward to the food you cook, whether it’s Friday Fish, or dinner for a social event.
What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
- Gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery
- MCA certification that is financially supported by the RFA
Skills you'll develop
- An in-depth knowledge of high-volume, high-pressure cooking
- The ability to manage stores and ingredients, while creating interesting menus for a ship’s company
Pay and benefits
- A starting salary of more than £15,000
- Earned Voyage Leave (EVL) of 7 days for every month spent on board ship
- Membership of a Civil Service Pension scheme
- World-class training
- Potential to travel the world
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On completion of your Apprenticeship, you may be offered a full Company Service Contract as an Assistant Cook
What you'll need
- You’ll need to be aged 16, there's no upper age limit
- No qualifications are required for this role
- Applicants must be British, Irish or Commonwealth citizens. However, a number of career paths have nationality restrictions. Dual Nationality will be considered providing the first nationality is British. Note: Residency restrictions may apply
Skills and interests
- A passion for food and hospitality
- Great at working as part of a team
- First-class communication
- A sense of adventure