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Design Engineering - Graduate Apprenticeship - 7 posts - 16565

26 October 2018


Four years, starting in autumn 2019


Competitive starting salary


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.

Work Environment: 

Leonardo's four year Design Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship scheme in Edinburgh is looking for people who understand the importance of communication, who are able to work well as part of a team and also on their own initiative. You will have the drive and commitment to work through difficult problems to find the right engineering solutions.

Leonardo values their people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Annual performance related pay increases
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (Contributory).

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. This opportunity affords you the chance to be part of a community, working with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around.

What might a day in this job look like?

During the first two years of your employment, you will be required to spend up to one day a month at University.  You will: 

  • learn how to design, manufacture and support advanced avionic equipment
  • develop Engineering knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • practice the full engineering lifecycle. 

What will I learn?

You will study at the University of Strathclyde for completion of a BEng (Hons) in Engineering: Design & Manufacture through a mixture of work based learning, distance learning and day release at University. On completion you should have met the requirements for Incorporated Engineer as part of the way to gaining Chartered Engineer status.

We need people who understand the importance of our customers and are ready to commit to working in the business, whilst also committing to a four year degree programme.  At the end of the programme, you will work as a highly qualified member of our Engineering community in a discipline such as electronics, mechanical, test, support and systems engineering. 

Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has little professional engineering experience is NOT suitable for candidates who already have an engineering degree.

What Qualifications / Qualities are required?

You must have (as a minimum) the following qualifications: 

  • 4 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBB 
  • Mandatory: Mathematics
  • Mandatory: Physics or a Technology subject
  • Preferred: English and another STEM subject 


  • National 5 (A-C) or equivalent in English.

Other needs:

  • A minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK
  • Successfully complete SC security clearance.

Closing Date:

Sunday 10 March.