Engineering the Future

  • Employer Leonardo
  • Job type Intermediate Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements GCSEs
  • Locations Southampton
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 20/12/2016

Who is Leonardo?

Leonardo is a global company working at the forefront of engineering and technology.

The Company is respected around the world for delivering innovative technological solutions in environments where failure is not an option.

Our teams of expert and passionate professionals are responsible for developing equipment and systems that provide:

armed forces with the situational awareness to deliver operational effectiveness and return home safely

emergency services with the tools to communicate and collaborate in order to rescue those in peril on land or in the sea

security teams with the means to identify, track and protect against threats to our critical national infrastructure and way of life

international space programmes with ability to understand more about our planet and the very fabric of our universe

Our customers’ operational requirements continually evolve and therefore demand cutting-edge technology combined with a performance and reliability that is unsurpassed.

To deliver against these challenges, we are looking to work with those individuals who are striving to fully realise their potential and in doing so, make a difference to the World in which they live.

Investing in the Future

At Leonardo, we employ more than 4,000 people across the UK with sites in Basildon, Bristol, Edinburgh, Luton and Southampton. We are continually expanding and are delighted to offer a range of exciting opportunities through our award winning Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programme. We require the very best of the UK’s talent to work at the forefront of technology within world-leading engineering teams. 

If you are willing to challenge yourself, to stretch your boundaries, to apply your mind to the solution of challenging problems, join our accredited apprentice programme and ensure you give yourself the best foundation for your career. You will be learning while working alongside the people that create cutting edge technology for a worldwide market. 

The 3 year Manufacturing Apprentice Programme

On joining the Leonardo Manufacturing Apprentice Programme, you will unlock a wealth of learning and development opportunities. We have created a programme that not only increases your technical skills and capability through hands on experience working with specialists in their field but also develops your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is Manufacturing & Supply Chain. You become part of a programme that is managed and tailored to provide a springboard into the world of Manufacturing.  Our programme is split into 2 phases:

Years 1 and 2: 
Through a mixture of work placements and college modules you will develop the key engineering skills and knowledge to work effectively in a high technology manufacturing company, gaining the necessary academic credits for an NC in Engineering and vocational credits for your Extended Diploma NVQ.

Year 3:

  • You will be selected through a combination of academic/vocational progress to transfer onto one of our skill specific paths, which include:
  • Mechanical assembly and test
  • Electromechanical assembly
  • Electro optic assembly
  • Electronic test
  • Optical test
  • Environmental & System  Testing/Diagnostics Facility
  • Material Supply Chain Control and Logistics
  • Manufacturing Support
  • Beyond the programme there may be the opportunity for apprentices to further their academic achievements based on their talents and capability and on the needs of the business.
  • This on the job training will enable you to complete the NVQ level 3 evidence logs.

Job Description

We are eager to recruit enthusiastic young people into the company who have the capability to develop into highly competent Manufacturing Operatives, working with Process Engineering teams maintaining and developing manufacturing processes.

The key skills for this role are:

  • A methodical and practical approach to problem solving,
  • A desire to work in an exciting Production environment and an enthusiasm to learn and develop practical and personal skills to compliment the business requirements.
  • The role involves teamwork and close contact with internal functions to ensure we satisfy our customers.
  • Work within defined M&SC procedures, with limited supervision and escalate problems to immediate supervisor for resolution as they arise, in order to complete assigned tasks.
  • We do not expect candidates to have experience in our specialised technology or manufacturing processes, but to demonstrate initiative and flexibility and the desire to learn and develop.
  • An enthusiastic approach to working in this exciting environment is essential.

Key responsibilities

  • To train and develop skills to enable the following
  • Work within defined M&SC procedures, with limited supervision and escalate problems to immediate supervisor for resolution as they arise, in order to complete assigned tasks.
  • Identify and resolve problems as they occur, within basic operating procedures
  • Communicate with colleagues outside of own team in order to gain clarification and/or guidance for completion of defined task
  • Provide coaching and guidance to junior team members and/or apprentices
  • Daily Meetings on Schedule Adherence, Load Boards and Visual KPI’s
  • Adherence to the Manufacturing Console  routing times and process steps
  • Actively engaged with Gemba Walks so that C.I activities are implemented
  • Provide support to product transfer
  • Time Management & Absence Management
  • Organise own workload to ensure time is utilised effectively
  • Ensure safety and quality standards are maintained to expected levels

What do we need from you?

Academic requirements:

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

  • 2 x GCSE grade A-C, English and Maths or equivalents

Personal Qualities:

  • Ability to Achieve High Performance
  • Want Continuous Improvement
  • Develop Customer Focus
  • Team Player
  • Demonstrate Self Awareness & Confidence
  • A passion for Technical Analysis, judgement & Problem Solving

Other needs:

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

What’s in it for you?

Leonardo values its people.  As a result, we offer comprehensive and competitive benefits packages.

These offer the opportunity to:

  • Earn while you Learn
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Annual incremental pay increases
  • 3 performance related pay reviews in the two years following your apprenticeship
  • Work in Flexible & Diverse Work Environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • 33 days holiday plus flex days
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Private healthcare (Contributory)
  • Contribute to society
  • The opportunity to actively promote manufacturing,  engineering and science in the community and to represent the business in promoting opportunities with Leonardo
  • Meet end-users and understand the value of the work you do
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • National Diploma in General Engineering / Electrical Electronic Engineering / Mechanical Engineering
  • NVQ Extended Diploma in Engineering Technical Support / Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering / Electrical Electronic Engineering

What can I expect from my working environment?

You will be working within world class facilities. Dependent on your role, you may be working in an office or lab environment or a combination of both.  There may also be opportunities to travel between the different sites and to meet with customers and suppliers. 

What are you waiting for?

Choosing to start your career with Leonardo will be extremely rewarding. You will work alongside some of the most talented people in the UK and have real opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge working on some of industries most exciting and technically advanced projects.

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