What’s next?

This week has been busy! I passed my training, I am (until I finish my apprenticeship) a Catering Assistant. One step closer to being a Steward. My certificate is framed and up on the wall, I could’ve hidden it away in the heads but I don’t think the other half would appreciate it.

Next week will also be a busy week for me too. I’m currently on a 6 and a half hour train journey to Portsmouth (If I drove, that could’ve been done in 4 hours but this trip isn’t costing me a penny!) to do my vital courses I need before being out in the fleet. Things such as the BSSC (Basic Sea Survival Course-involves jumping off a platform in a survival suit and swimming out to a Lifeboat), First Aid (No explanation needed), Damage control and Firefighting (the damage control is where me and a team are put insode a metal structure that resembles a ship on the inside. It will flood and we’re meant to work in a team to stop it……..No one wins apparently. I’m looking forward to this!)

The only thing of this I’m not looking forward to is the sea survival course. I’m not the greatest swimmer, though my backstroke is good (which is what is required of me to do when I jump off a platform (which is only 5 metres high or so…In a survival suit which itself is full of air). But I’m not exactly going to wimp out, I’ve gone through 14 weeks training to get here, to throw it all away would be frowned upon by many people I know……..don’t want that!

There’ll be another update through the week, I’ll keep you posted!

Have a good day/night, Bye for now.

J.N.

 

 

 

 

 

My first blog!

“Here goes nothing!” This is my first blog so excuse me if it seems a little……rubbish (things get better as time and experience is gained right?).

I am approaching the end of my training in the ‘Royal Fleet Auxiliary’ to be a Steward. I’ve spent 14 weeks here on a Royal Navy teaching establishment (I shan’t say where, naturally) studying, passing assessments, studying some more, and passing more assessments. Yesterday I passed my final exam with a mark of 96.6% (the pass score is 60% so I guess I’m suitable?) and soon will be let loose on the fleet, travelling to many exotic places……..and lots of not so exotic places (all while suffering from seackness, joy!).

I will try to update this blog as often as possible but it won’t be more than once or twice a week at least. So, what do I do you may ask? Basically, a steward is a fancy name for someone who serves food, cleans floors, hallways and ceilings (or on ships, cleans bulkheads, deckheads and flats). I am the general do it all (inside the ship). Thankfully I’m not a ‘Deckhand’, they work outside in the cold!

This is something I have wanted in my life for a long time, a career in the services which can provide for a happy future (hopefully). I have to thank my fiancée who pushed me into this though as without her, I’d still be stacking shelves in a supermarket working zero hour contracts, at least in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, I get a good wage, a civil service pension and a secure job (unless the government cut our forces numbers even more).

Anyway, for now, that is it.

More to come. Bye for now,

J.N.