Ninja or other recruit specialists please help!

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  1. Hi
    I am writing to request your help with a question regarding ET(ME) qualifications and I would be very grateful for any response you give.
    I am currently applying for this rating and I would like clarification as to how you qualify for the vocational certificates, what level you can achieve and how the transition from NVQ to Foundation Degree takes place?

    I understand at present the following:

    NVQ Levels 1+2 are obtained in the first 1-2 years during your operational training and development (post HMS Sultan training).
    I was unsure how the jump to foundation degree takes place as from my investigations this is normally considered to be at NVQ level 4.
    Would you be able to fill in the blanks and explain the process past NVQ levels 1+2 with possible time scales?

    I studied Physics and Maths at A level, unfortunately I failed both as I am useless in exams, so I am looking for a alternative and progressive means to gain a good qualification.

    I am 24 now as I am keen to get in and get on, will this be possible?

    Thanks very much
  2. Hi,

    From what I remember you get level 1 on completion of your Phase 2 Marine engineering training at Sultan, You get level 2 after completing your first task book at sea, You then get issued with level 3 o/c of completing your Leading hands qualifying course and you get your Foundation degree O/C of completing your Petty officers qualifiying course,

    I'm sure one of the current engineers on here may be able to give you more information about the ins/outs of the new system.

    Hope this helps


  3. Thanks for your reply super-m

    I would also like some guidance on how quickly you can expect to progress through the ranks, after reading some of the posts on this site I get the impression it takes anything from 6 – 9 years just to move form AB to LH, then the same again to reach PO.
    I find this concerning as I understand that you have to learn and then apply your skills, but I don’t want to be wasting away for years waiting in line for an opening?
  4. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    The ET(ME) quickest possible pipeline times are roughly as follows:

    AB to Leading Hand approximately 3-4 years
    Leading Hand to Petty Officer approximately 6 to 8 years
    Petty Officer to Chief Petty Officer approximately 10 to 12 years.

    The times are down to the individual- although the above times can be achieved, you need to go for it. (The above times, for the purists, are based on an ET(ME) presentation given at Sultan two weeks ago by the Branch Manager)

    Neil is bang on the mark with the Foundation Degree- immediately after completing Petty Officers Professional Qualifying Course.

    It's up to the individual if thy wish to take the 240 UCAS points to top them up to a full degree at 320+ UCAS points by taking advantage of Enhanced Learning Credits and undertaking a distance learning package in their own time.
  5. Thanks for your reply, just one more question please,

    Are you able to start a distance learning degree straight after completion of the ET ME course at HMS Sultan?
    I am asking because I would like to study towards a BEng in my own time via the open uni route, will you have access to the internet whilst on your ship and would the RN allow this as long as it is not interfering with my day to day duties?
    Thanks again!
  6. You can continue your education at any time during your service.
    It may be more worthwhile though to put ALL your effort into completing your training (Task Book etc.), and pass your leading rates exams first. :thumright:
    Personally I would like to see everyone use their annual allowance to improve their qualifications. :thumright:
    Some posting on here may even eventually become literate. :w00t:

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