RFA Chef Apprenticeship/HMS Raleigh

Cap-H

Midshipman
Hey, I just got my contract through (yaaay) for joining the RFA (chef apprentice) in September, just wondering if anyone has info on what its like at Raleigh for the RFA and what the tests are like etc? Also what the living conditions are like if anyone has any experience of it? Just want to have some kind of idea of what to expect really.....Cheers!!
 

Emma562

Badgeman
Don't know about the Chef bit as I was seaman apprentice.
Accomadation was a 6 man mess. Each 6 man mess has its own kitchen (galley) with washer & dryer also toilets/showers (heads).
We had to do 3 weeks functional skills Maths, English and IT.
Very quite on a weekend there if you stay. There are a couple of bars at Raleigh you can use or you could go in to Plymouth.
 

Cap-H

Midshipman
Aww ok, just trying to get a little insight before I go. Probably will have to stay the 10 weeks as I'm pretty far from there. Thanks for the reply, good to know a little bit about what to expect.
 

Cap-H

Midshipman
It said 10 weeks at Raleigh and states the course is 18 months from commencement of the apprenticeship (providing I pass the tests/exams etc)
 

exJenny

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
For Cooks? 7 weeks training plus 3 weeks functional skills and thats you trained?
 

Cap-H

Midshipman
Ok cheers, Its my apprenticeship that is the 18 months to get the level 2 qualification, I assumed anyway, according to the contract....thanks :)
 

exJenny

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
The RFA cooks always did the same basic 26 week course as the RN chefs, without the catering element. I was under the impression that the basic trade training was the same as before but apprentices would then be doing 4 months on 1 month off to complete the apprenticeship...
 

Cap-H

Midshipman
It just said that the apprenticeship is between 1 and 2 years (18 months), and my training will initially be at Raleigh, hopefully I will find out more nearer to my start date
 

Cap-H

Midshipman
Not expecting it to be 'plain sailing' ;-) just wanted some info from ppl that's been there done that...I will find out soon enough I guess :)
 

Cap-H

Midshipman
Hey, just got joining instructions yesterday, and your right, its 26 weeks. Week 5-26 is the cooks course, cheers for the info.
 

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