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Made In The Royal Navy…..

“My name is Morgan Rushmere, I am 23 years old, from South Wales and I am extremely proud to be both Welsh and British. I’m a chatty and sociable individual and I absolutely love sport, especially football. Before joining the navy, I attended the University of Plymouth to study photography and media. Having left University with a degree and struggling to find a suitable position in industry, I took up a job working in a local office for an insurance company, specialising ironically in marine insurance. Whilst attending University, I’d occasionally find myself walking to the Hoe on a sunny evening after classes to sit on the grass and watch all the naval ships coming in and out of the harbour. I had always thought to myself what an amazing vocation that must be, to see the world and have a fantastic career at the same time. The mental and physical challenge of joining the military really did excite me. So, after 18 months of being placed in an uninspiring office job I went online and decided to take the plunge and sign up.

I chose the Royal Navy as my family has some strong Royal Navy connections. My grandfather was evacuated from Portsmouth as a young child during the Second World War and on his return, followed his father’s footsteps and joined the Navy at 15 years old. My grandfather was a Weapons Engineer and reached the rank of Petty Officer, serving on HMS Sheffield and HMS Liverpool and my great-grandfather had also been involved with training some of the young naval cadets who were lost while onboard HMS Hood during the Second World War.

I was inspired to go down the apprenticeship route because it’s an opportunity to learn hands-on, whilst still receiving the mentoring and supportive elements of teaching. The role of a Survival Equipment Technician provides me with good career prospects and the opportunity to gain extensive qualifications in a variety of environments.

Although having had no experience or background in engineering made this role quite daunting, I feel that this career will allow me to fulfil my full potential. It also provides me with the opportunity to learn valuable new skills, make friends and travel the world along the way.

My next steps after my apprenticeship are to head to RNAS Yeovilton, from there I’ll seek deployment within a squadron or my first ship.”

Apprentice SET Morgan Rushmere

Source: Royal Navy