CHEF – CATERING SERVICES
As a highly-trained Chef, you’ll be part of a busy team cooking and preparing first- DO I QUALIFY?
class food, making sure the ship’s company (which, on an aircraft carrier, could be up
to 1000 people) receives three nutritious meals a day. It’s not just food preparation CHEF – CATERING SERVICES
though, as you’ll also be involved in ordering and storing ingredients, managing the
dining hall and food hygiene practices. During a port visit, you could even find yourself Age: 16 to 36.
cooking for royalty. As part of the crew of a fighting ship, you’ll also be trained in Nationality: British, Irish, Commonwealth or
firefighting and get involved in operations ranging from delivering humanitarian relief British dual citizenship.
to being part of a boarding team searching other ships for smuggled goods. Qualifications: No specific qualifications are needed
for this job.
What we’re looking for Promotion Sex: This job is open to both men and
You’ll need commitment, enthusiasm and common You’ll start your career as an Able Rate and will women.
sense. Like any professional kitchen, a ship’s galley be part of a galley team cooking for the ship’s Starting salary: For current information, visit
can be hot and extremely busy, so you’ll need to company. With some experience and further royalnavy.mod.uk/careers
be calm under pressure, organised and have an training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand
eye for detail. Above all, you need to work well as which means you will be the head Chef in the HOW TO APPLY
part of a team. galley, or in charge of running the provisions
accounts. After that, you may go on to become a GET IN TOUCH
Basic training Petty Officer managing the catering department
Your Royal Navy career begins with nine weeks’ at sea or on shore. Then as a Chief Petty Officer 1. Go to royalnavy.mod.uk/careers
basic training at HMS Raleigh. It sounds like a ship, you could be employed in a whole range of or call 08456 07 55 55.
but in fact it’s a shore base near Plymouth. The catering management jobs and finally a Warrant
discipline, teamwork, organisational, firefighting Officer working at sea, supporting ships, or in a WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
and weapon-handling skills you’ll learn here will headquarters. If you show the right commitment,
stay with you right through your Royal Navy career. skills and ability, you may also have the chance to 2. Go to an initial careers presentation.
become a Logistics Officer running the catering, 3. Have an informal discussion with a
Aim to get yourself as fit as you can before you stores and personnel departments. You’ll be Careers Adviser.
arrive. You’ll be doing a lot of physical exercise, selected for promotion on merit, so if you work
4. Take the recruit test.
and you’ll find it much easier if you’re already in hard, you can quickly rise through the ranks.
good shape. There’s also a swimming test, so if 5. Discuss your job options with a
you can’t swim, make sure you’ve learned by the Skills for life Careers Adviser.
time you join us. You can find out more about During your time in the Logistics branch you 6. Pass the medical, eye and pre-joining
HMS Raleigh at royalnavy.mod.uk/careers will have the opportunity to gain all kinds of fitness tests.
professional skills, as well as personal qualities like 7. Join the Royal Navy.
Professional training teamwork, problem-solving and self-confidence.
After your basic training, you’ll remain at Training will be a constant feature of your
HMS Raleigh for 26 weeks of professional time with us and we’ll help you gain academic
training at the Defence Maritime Logistics School. qualifications, key skills and GCSEs. We’ll also
Here, you’ll learn how to cook tasty meals for help you work towards NVQs in Catering. As well
hundreds of people and fine cuisine a London as helping you develop your Royal Navy career,
restaurant would be proud of. You’ll also learn everything you achieve will be recognised and
about food hygiene, health and safety, catering valued by a future civilian employer.
accountancy and stock control in a modern,
realistic and dynamic training centre alongside Sport and recreation
experienced sailors. We can offer you a fantastic range of sports
and other activities. All our ships and shore bases
Pay and conditions have superb sports and fitness facilities and we play
Royal Navy pay compares well with similar civilian a huge number of team and individual games. You’ll
jobs. As well as basic pay, you’ll get extra money also have the chance to go on adventurous training,
for special skills, when you’re promoted, and when which could be anything from a jungle expedition
you’re away at sea. We also offer an excellent to mountaineering and caving to parachuting.
pension scheme, six weeks’ paid holiday a year,
and free medical and dental care. You’ll generally
join us on a full career, which is 18 years or to age
40, whichever is later.
You may have the opportunity to serve beyond
this, depending on what you want and the needs
of the Royal Navy. If you want to leave, you can
send us your request one year before completing
your specified return of service. How long this
return of service is, will depend on the branch you
join. You will need to give 12 months’ notice.