Admiralty Pilot (Trainee) HMNB Clyde

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 4 Jun 2018

Reference number





Adimal Pilot Trainee

Contract type


Business area

Navy - QHM Clyde, Navy Command

Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern




Number of posts



HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane Port, Scotland, G84 8HL

About the job

Job description

General information

1. Admiralty Pilots are part of the Queens Harbour Master (QHM) organization and are employed to enable QHM to discharge his statutory duties to ensure the safe movement of vessels within the Dockyard Ports of Clyde.

2. Admiralty Pilots are accountable to the Queens Harbour Master (QHM) through the Chief Admiralty Pilot/Port Operations Manager (CAP/POM) for the conduct of their duties.

3. The Primary role of an Admiralty Pilot is to provide pilotage support to commanding officers of designated ships within the Dockyard Port of Clyde in accordance with approved procedures, statutory instruments and National Occupational Standards for Marine Pilots. This service may range from providing advice to Commanding officers and bridge teams of Her Majesty’s Ships to taking full conduct of Royal Fleet Auxiliary and commercial vessels.

4. To assume full responsibility for the safe navigation of any of Her Majesty’s Ships being moved without power utilising tugs and assets.

5. Advise Commanding Officers and Masters of vessels requiring pilotage information relevant to the Dockyard Port of Clyde and other MOD establishments on the West coast.

Additional information

1. As an Admiralty Pilot (Trainee) you will be required to follow and successfully complete the Admiralty Pilot Training Scheme. This will require you to observe and conduct a number of acts of pilotage with a qualified Admiralty Pilot. You will also undertake tug handling training. During the training period you will be required to record training and experiences. You will also be expected to successfully complete 2 examinations before gaining your Limited Ships Pilot Licence and a further practical examination before achieving your All Ships Pilot Licence.

2. On successful completion of the training scheme you will be expected to work within a roster system to provide pilotage support 24/7 365 days a year to a maximum of 2400 hours per annum.

3. In order to maintain a high standard of competence in all aspects of their duties Admiralty Pilots are required to undertake continuous professional development and MOD mandatory training.

4. Carry out additional tasks under the instruction of CAP/POM such as port familiarization runs for Commanding officers and bridge teams, attend meetings and other general pilotage related tasks.

5. You will also be required to qualify as a compass adjuster and undertake compass adjustments for MOD vessels.

6. You may be required to undertake short term detached duties.

7. The successful applicant will be required to wear uniform in accordance with the Admiralty Pilot and Harbour Control Service handbook.

Person specification

Previous Command or senior deck officer experience
Ship handling experience

pilotage experiance
tug handling experiance
Knowledge of the waters within the Dockyard Port of Clyde


Full UK driving licence


STCW II/2 Masters Certificate of competency or equivalent
Seafarers medical certificate (ENG1)


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Delivering at pace
  • Making effective decisions
  • Leading and communicating
  • Building capability for all
  • Delivering value for money
  • Managing a quality service

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Pensions Statement

You will be entitled to choose between a defined benefit pension scheme or a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution.


Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts.

The post does not offer any assistance with relocation expenses

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Grade entry qualifications

Relevant senior management and job-related experience at an appropriate level

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants
01436674321 x6678

Sift/interview dates and location

Interviews for this vacancy will take place on a date TBC at HMNB Clyde

Further information

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014. The document attached to this advertisement provides more information.

If you need to contact Defence Business Services (DBS) regarding this vacancy, please indicate that your vacancy is being handled by Resourcing Team 5.

All broader banded (Band E2 – B1) and skill zone employees joining MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period effective from the employment start date.


Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS does not play any part in the selection and interview process itself.

Therefore, if you wish to discuss your feedback, or you are dissatisfied with your markings, you should in the first instance raise this with the Recruiting Line Manager of the vacancy.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint. by writing to DBS at the following address:

Defence Business Services
Scanning Hub
PO Box 38
Cheadle Hulme

Cabinet Office Fraud Checks

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment.


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