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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                        
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
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                 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.

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