Contract: Four years, starting in autumn 2022
Salary: Competitive starting salary
Closing Date: Sunday 13 March
This apprenticeship provides a wealth of hands-on learning and development opportunities. You will undertake a series of three-month placements – covering Mechanical, Electronic, Systems, and Quality Engineering – that will train you in the design and development of industry-leading radar and laser systems. You will study towards an SVQ Level 3 and HND.
Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are globally renowned and are continually expanding, offering exciting opportunities to talented people who want to work at the forefront of our technology. Across our technical, engineering and business functions you can look forward to working with highly skilled professionals that are passionate about their work.
You will be working within world class facilities regardless of which site you are based. There may also be opportunities to travel between the company’s UK sites to meet with colleagues, customers and suppliers.
This apprenticeship provides a wealth of hands-on learning and development opportunities. Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the engineering design lifecycle by deploying the methods of designing electrical and mechanical systems.
What might a day in this role look like?
You will undertake a series of three-month placements – covering Mechanical, Electronic, Systems, and Quality Engineering – that will train you in the design and development of industry-leading radar and laser systems. A placement in any of these areas will involve learning how to design electronic or mechanical components using Computer Aided Design and analysis tools or working in a laboratory-based role developing and testing cutting-edge PCB and Mechanical assemblies. We help develop your communication and problem solving skills, working in a team as well as with our customers and suppliers.
What will I learn?
Years 1 and 2:
Through rotational placements you will gather real work evidence such as written logs describing day-to-day tasks completed and highlighting the key engineering competencies you have demonstrated. The SVQ Level 3 will require you to complete a folder of this evidence, demonstrating your development into a well-rounded technician/engineer through on-the-job training and are gaining the essential practical skills to succeed. During this time, you will also be attending college on day release to gain the academic qualifications required by the Apprenticeship Framework.
Years 3 and 4:
Having gained broad experience across Leonardo, you will undertake a final placement and further your academic study to HND level. These activities will be focused on your area of specialism and the on-the-job training will enable you to gather the final evidence required for the SVQ. Beyond the programme, there may be the opportunity for you to further your academic achievements based on your talents and capability and needs of the business.
What qualifications/skills are required?
We are looking for people who understand the importance of our customers and are ready to commit to working in the business, whilst also committing to a 4 year programme.
You must have (as a minimum) the following qualifications:
3 Higher Grades (or equivalent): Mandatory: Mathematics (A-C) and Physics (A-C) or Engineering Science (A–C)
Plus another Higher Grade, preferably a technological subject e.g. Graphic Communication, Product Design, Craft & Design, Tech Studies, Computing etc. (A-C)
National 5 (or equivalent): A-C English.
Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business.