Question about training as engineer apprenticeship or seaman apprenticeship.

Jack16

Newbie
Hi guys. Sorry if this question has already been answered but i cant seem to find anything that goes into detail about what i am going to ask.

When you do your initial training is it the same as the normal royal navy recruits in regards to all the shouting and stuff like that? Or is it more relaxed? From what i have seen and researched it seems a bit more relaxed but i cant find great info on the training.

Do you sleep in a barracks or do you have your own room with only 1 or 2 more people and do you have a bit of privacy for things like showers?

This is not related to training but does anyone know if aspergers will stop me from getting a ENG1 medical certificate? I am hoping it doesn't since my dream of joining the army was crushed but the aspergers doesn't effect me alot and only makes me a bit shy so i cant imagine it would stop me.
 
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RFA at HMS Raleigh

Lantern Swinger
Hi,
The initial training is different to the Royal Navy method.
They start at initial training or Phase 1 and to the militarisation phase.
They then do their specialisation training after this. Some stay at Raleigh but some go to Collingwood or Sultan.

Our RFA new entrants start at phase 2 on the apprenticeship scheme and this is the professonal training and consists of an intro week followed by 3 weeks of functional skills. This is followed by the specialisation training as below:

The training at Raleigh is then as follows: Chefs do another 5 months (6 in total), Stewards do another 10 weeks (14 in total) and deck do another 6 weeks (10 in total). The deck then go off to sea for 4 months and then come back for part 2 of their training for another 4 weeks, versus the stwds and chefs who do not come back to Raleigh.

Engineering and comms still do the functional skills but again do different amounts of training at Sultan and Collingwood.

As regards accommodation at Raleigh it is 8 man rooms with a shower block, but individual cubicles.

As far the medical question goes you would need to contact an ENG1 doctor this link gives you contact details:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa.../MCA_Approved_Doctors_in_UK_24_April_2017.pdf

Seamanship and engineering training are very different courses. Seamanship is practical from the outset versus the engineering which has more theory elements as is more technical in the teaching.

What interests you more?

If you have further questions do not hesitate to ask...
 

Jack16

Newbie
I think i would be more interested in seamanship since it would be more physical and hands on. Would it be uncommon for a 16 year old to do it? From what i have seen most guys are 30 years old and above. I was a little worried about the shower situation due to body confidence issues i have but that should not be a problem with individual cubicles since nobody wold see you naked.

What does the intro week and functional skills consist of?

Do you have free time at night to do things like go to a gym on the base and things like that?
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
Also could/should i get my ENG1 before i start the application process?

You would need one before you joined. However it's probably best to see how your interviews go before coughing up the £80 (the RFA will reimburse this if they accept your application).

As for your concerns about age, physically i have met 16 - 68 year olds in the company. IMOHO most of us have never grown up and still act like we are in our teens or early 20s!
 

Jack16

Newbie
You would need one before you joined. However it's probably best to see how your interviews go before coughing up the £80 (the RFA will reimburse this if they accept your application).

As for your concerns about age, physically i have met 16 - 68 year olds in the company. IMOHO most of us have never grown up and still act like we are in our teens or early 20s!


I am getting really excited about it and will put the application in within the next week or two. About how long would i have before i go to training? I am a fatty at the moment and need to loose about 2 or 3 stone, maybe even a bit more to be at a healthy weight. Would that be possible to do so before training starts?
 

Random

Lantern Swinger
I am getting really excited about it and will put the application in within the next week or two. About how long would i have before i go to training? I am a fatty at the moment and need to loose about 2 or 3 stone, maybe even a bit more to be at a healthy weight. Would that be possible to do so before training starts?

Improving your personal health is never a bad idea, though I admit I am crap at it myself ( the gym and I are not friends).

As for how long you would have, I think your best bet would be to have a browse of these forums. There are a lot of posts discuss applications and the time lines. Sometimes it can be a couple of months others seem to have taken up until a year and a half until training started.

Unfortunately there are so many variables it's not possible to guess how long your process will take.

Best of luck with your application
 

Jack16

Newbie
Improving your personal health is never a bad idea, though I admit I am crap at it myself ( the gym and I are not friends).

I hate the gym lol. I always have bad confidence in places like that but i will start going on runs and do alot of body weight training, then i will be as fit as i would with a gym. Thanks for all the good advice you have gave me :)
 

Jack16

Newbie
Hi,
The initial training is different to the Royal Navy method.
They start at initial training or Phase 1 and to the militarisation phase.
They then do their specialisation training after this. Some stay at Raleigh but some go to Collingwood or Sultan.

Our RFA new entrants start at phase 2 on the apprenticeship scheme and this is the professonal training and consists of an intro week followed by 3 weeks of functional skills. This is followed by the specialisation training as below:

The training at Raleigh is then as follows: Chefs do another 5 months (6 in total), Stewards do another 10 weeks (14 in total) and deck do another 6 weeks (10 in total). The deck then go off to sea for 4 months and then come back for part 2 of their training for another 4 weeks, versus the stwds and chefs who do not come back to Raleigh.

Engineering and comms still do the functional skills but again do different amounts of training at Sultan and Collingwood.

As regards accommodation at Raleigh it is 8 man rooms with a shower block, but individual cubicles.

As far the medical question goes you would need to contact an ENG1 doctor this link gives you contact details:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa.../MCA_Approved_Doctors_in_UK_24_April_2017.pdf

Seamanship and engineering training are very different courses. Seamanship is practical from the outset versus the engineering which has more theory elements as is more technical in the teaching.

What interests you more?

If you have further questions do not hesitate to ask...

Just to clarify would i still have people shouting at me and have to do things like standing in formation or is that just for the RN recruits and more relaxed with the RFA?
 
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