Career Progression

Skills for life


  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery

  • Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Professional Cookery)

  • Employee Rights and Responsibility

  • Foundation Food Hygiene Certificate

  • Health and Safety Certificate

You’ll gather NVQs and other vocational awards throughout your career. You can also gain academic qualifications such as GCSEs, A-levels, even a degree. As well as helping you develop your Royal Navy career, everything you achieve will be recognised and valued by future civilian employers.


You’ll start your naval career as an Able Rate. With experience and further training, you could be promoted to Leading Hand and beyond. If you show the right commitment, skills and academic ability, you could become a Commissioned Officer. Members of the Royal Navy are promoted on merit. Work hard and you can rise through the ranks.