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Software Engineering - Graduate Apprenticeship - 3 posts - 16566

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 Software Engineering 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 incremental 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?

Study will include standard classroom sessions, computer lab sessions, online blended learning modules, and work-contextualized industrial projects. You will:

  • learn to design high integrity software
  • practice the full software lifecycle
  • attain a BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business degree.

What will I learn?

You will study for completion of a BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering on a day release basis whilst working. You should gain the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer as part of the way to gaining Chartered Engineer status.

You will learn to programme and how to design, integrate and test high-integrity software through a combination of University teaching and work-based learning.  You will be given experience of all stages of the software development lifecycle and an awareness of other engineering departments who support the software engineers.

You must be interested in software and have a technical aptitude in software development, maybe gained through a hobby or designing an App/website. At the end of the programme, you will work as a highly qualified member of our Software community developing software for technically advanced avionics systems such as the radar for the Typhoon jet.

Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has very little software knowledge and is not suitable for candidates who already have a computing or software degree.

What Qualifications / Qualities are required?

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

  • 5 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBBC 
  • Mandatory: Mathematics 
  • Preferably including Physics and Computing


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

Other needs: 

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

Closing Date:

Sunday 10 March.