How to become a Merchant Navy rating
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You can get into this job through an able seafarer (deck) intermediate apprenticeship.
Through this apprenticeship you can become a rating in one of the following areas:
- engine room
- maritime catering
You can apply directly to shipping companies who advertise vacancies throughout the year.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You can apply directly to shipping companies or the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
Your training will combine college-based study with placements at sea to get practical experience of working on a ship. The length of training depends on your sponsoring company.
You'll need 3 to 4 GCSE grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in subjects like English, maths and physics, or combined science, or equivalent qualifications.
Employers will expect you to have good practical skills, enthusiasm for the career and the potential to complete ratings training.
You may also find it useful if you have qualifications and experience in:
- freight handling
You can find out more about becoming a Merchant Navy rating from Careers at Sea.