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Manufacturing Technical - Modern Apprenticeship - 8 posts - 16570

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 Manufacturing Technical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities including an HNC in Engineering systems, SVQ Level 2 (PEO) and SVQ Level 3 (Engineering technical support). Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the engineering lifecycle.

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

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Annual incremental pay increases
  • 3 performance related pay reviews in the two years following your apprenticeship
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative
  • Free gym membership.

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. Come and be a part of a community and work 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?

You will undertake a series of three-month rotational placements in the methods of testing industry leading radar and laser systems - covering Electronic Testing; Laser Testing; Radar Testing; Industrial Engineering; Test Solutions.

During the rotational placements you will learn how to test complex electrical and mechanical systems to ensure they are safe and reliable. An example of this is when you undertake a placement in our state-of-the-art environmental test facility where you will be testing systems under various environmental conditions including altitude, temperature, humidity and vibration. In other departments you will be office based, looking at our manufacturing processes and how they can be refined to reduce cost, or improve build quality. The rotational placement plan will truly give you a flavour of all aspects of engineering verification and test.

You will be working within cutting-edge facilities and there may also be opportunities for travel between the company's UK sites and to meet with colleagues, customers and suppliers.

What will I learn?

Years 1 and 2: 

During your first five months you will be attending college full-time to complete an SVQ Level 2. Once back on-site, you will conduct rotational placements where 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 / Qualities are required?

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

2 Higher Grades (or equivalent): 

  • Mandatory: Mathematics (A-C) and Physics (A-C) or Engineering Science (A-C)
  • Plus another Higher subject, 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.

Other needs:

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

We value: 

  • Ability to achieve high performance 
  • Want continuous improvement 
  • Develop customer focus 
  • Able to work together 
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and confidence 
  • A passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving.

Closing Date:

Sunday 10 March.