Apprentice chef

chef ramsay

Midshipman
Hi,

I have applied for the apprentice chef role with the RFA. Can anyone give an insight to the training and what is actually involved. What personal kit should I take/need when not training?

What are the expectations for chefs doing damage control etc when emergencies take place as well as other duties and what exercises take place to ensure you are up to speed with this?

What are the facilities like during training?

When it gets to being deployed to a ship, what personal kit do I need or does it depend on where the posting is?

What is life onboard like? What are the practicalities of things like laundry, down time, socialising with crewmates etc?

How do you get notified of where your next posting will be and how are you transported to and from it?

Any other information/advice would be appreciated.

Thanks
 

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Lantern Swinger
Hi,

I have applied for the apprentice chef role with the RFA. Can anyone give an insight to the training and what is actually involved. What personal kit should I take/need when not training?

What are the expectations for chefs doing damage control etc when emergencies take place as well as other duties and what exercises take place to ensure you are up to speed with this?

What are the facilities like during training?

When it gets to being deployed to a ship, what personal kit do I need or does it depend on where the posting is?

What is life onboard like? What are the practicalities of things like laundry, down time, socialising with crewmates etc?

Thats a lot of questions! a fair amount of them have been asked before and its worth a browse of old posts on these forums to find their answers (and perhaps answers to questions you might not yet thought to have asked).

How do you get notified of where your next posting will be and how are you transported to and from it?

Notification will come from a person called an Appointer, they are civil servants who work within the RFA's personnel department in Portsmouth. The appointment is formally written as a letter, normally sent by email attachment, most of it is boilerplate (ie doesnt change) and after a while you only look for the ship's name and where they claim it will be! (this often not the same as where it will be on the day as Ship's schedules change pretty rapidly).

Travel to/from a ship in the UK is up to you to organise inline with the expense rules, essentially you can travel how you like to the port as long as it does not cost more than a standard open return train ticket (receipts needed as proof). If you are going overseas to join a ship the RFA will arrange the international leg, you will have to organise how to get to the airport.
 

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