Information is at the heart of every successful modern organisation. That is especially true in the Royal Navy, where the right information delivered at the right time can mean the difference between life and death. It is Engineer (Information Systems) Officers - E(IS) - who manage all our information systems needs.
You will spend 28 weeks at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon. The training is extremely challenging and rewarding. From the moment you arrive, you will be part of a team as you learn naval and leadership skills, take part in exercises and have your first sea-going experience.
We strongly recommend that you start to build on your fitness levels before you arrive for training - you will feel more confident and enjoy the training much more.
Common Fleet Time is a four-month package of training at sea designed to give you a breadth of knowledge about the Royal Navy. You will work with each of the ship's departments, learning how they operate and studying for your Fleet Board examination.
- At sea: you will begin your professional training with eight weeks at sea, working in the Weapon Engineering Department with a qualified E(IS).
- First posting: this could be at a large training establishment as an information systems instructor, or you could be selected to complete the Systems Engineering and Management Course at the Maritime Warfare School at HMS Collingwood.
If you choose to work with the Royal Marines, you will be given the opportunity to complete the demanding yet prestigious All-Arms Commando Course and proudly wear a green beret on completion. Alternatively, if you choose to work with the Submarine Service, you will first undertake basic submarine training, gaining your Dolphins - the badge that shows you are a qualified Submariner - on completion
Who Suits This?
As well as having a good technical knowledge of information systems, you need to be a good business analyst. You have to be flexible and adaptable, and you could work as part of a team or independently, so you will have to be a self-starter too.
Routes into the Royal Navy
You must be a graduate to join the E(IS) branch.
You will have the opportunity to gain recognised academic qualifications over the course of your career, including a postgraduate certificate, then a diploma, and finally an MSc in Information Systems.
We very much hope that you stay with the Royal Navy for some time. However, if you move on, you will find that these skills and qualifications will open up a wide range of opportunities in business and industry.
- Looking after the IT and communications systems on board a ship, in a Royal Navy training establishment, base or headquarters.
- On a ship, working in the Weapon Engineering Department; overseeing the operation of every element of the sophisticated information systems; managing a team of technicians carrying out IT maintenance; and taking responsibility for the security of all the IT and communications systems on board.
- Ashore, providing advice on new platforms and equipment to improve the way we work.
- Updating and maintaining our existing information systems and developing new systems that match the Royal Navy's needs.
- In a training establishment ashore, managing the information systems that control resource allocation and timetables, or being involved in training our personnel to use and maintain information systems themselves.
Whats the benefit?
- Starting salary from £23,000-£33,000 (depending on experience)
- Free medical and dental treatment.
- Job security.
- Accommodation at sea or on operations is free, and accommodation on shore is heavily subsidised.
- One of the most generous pensions available.