Faye Battiste - Mine Warfare Specialist
Name, Age and Hometown.
Faye Battiste, Age 25, Middlesbrough
Job title (list all job titles for the duration of employment).
Mine Warfare Specialist. I have been with the Royal Navy for 6 years.
What attracted you to the industry you are in?
The opportunity to travel and learn skills that no other employers can offer.
Describe your day-to-day role.
To be part of a small robust team in a multi-role position, my day to day job is very hands-on. The main role of a Mine Warfare rating is to search for mines, part of my day to day job would be monitoring sonar, launching, and recovering the autonomous vehicle called Seafox. Other roles include being part of the gunnery team, hold gangway duties, be part of all aspects of seamanship, and general upkeep of the ship.
What kind of training have you done?
10 weeks of basic training, 4 weeks Seamanship training, 10-week professional in Mine Warfare. Sea survival and firefighting, multiple weapon courses, and first aid training.
What skills have you learned?
How to work effectively as part of a team and communication skills.
Have you completed any professional qualifications? If yes, provide detail.
All my military qualifications are also civilian accredited, we are always continuously developing new skills through ongoing training courses.
Do you like living and working in Moray? Explain why/ why not.
I don’t live in Moray but I do live in Scotland.
What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?
Teamwork, communication, discipline, and being adaptable.
Was there anything about the job that surprised you?
The number of roles you can hold alongside your core role. This being a good thing as you get to be involved in different day to day jobs.
Is there anything unusual about your role?
Working on small ships with a crew of 40 means that you have to take on multiple roles and more responsibility than that of someone working on larger ships. You get to know all members of your crew very well as you work and live closely with them on-board it.
Do you get a lot of support from your company?
Yes, the Royal Navy offers support in all aspects of your life, not just professional support. Being part of the Royal Navy is seen as more of a lifestyle than a job.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Working with a tight-knit crew with people from all walks of life and getting to travel the world.
Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?
Yes, but I wasn’t always 100% sure so I waited until after college to join.
What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?
Go for it, make sure you look into the role you are applying for, ask lots of questions if you are not sure. Make sure you are prepared for the challenge.
What is your career goal?
To continue to develop in my role and climb the promotion ladder.
How does it feel to be a key worker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?
Being part of the Royal Navy we are always ready and willing to support the local authorities in the fight against Covid-19. I’m proud to be a key worker as I think it is a wonderful thing to be able to support and provide help in this difficult time.