Manufacturing Technical Apprentice

  • Employer Leonardo
  • Job type Higher Apprenticeships
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Edinburgh
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 20/12/2016

Who are Leonardo?

We are 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.

Leonardo manufactures industry leading products for airborne and space applications for customers across the globe.  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 Technical Apprenticeship Programme working at the forefront of technology within world leading engineering teams. 

What do we do?

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

In these markets, performance and reliability are essential; our customers’ operational requirements will continually evolve and so must our technologies to ensure that we remain market leaders.

In delivering against these challenges, people are our greatest asset and as a Leonardo Apprentice you will broaden your horizons to a diverse range of possibilities.  You will be learning while working alongside design, development, manufacturing, test and delivery teams to create this cutting edge technology for a worldwide market. 

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 engineering career. You will be learning while working alongside the people that create cutting edge technology for a worldwide market. 

The 4 year Manufacturing Technical Apprentice Programme

On joining the Leonardo Manufacturing Technical 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 Manufacturing.  Our programme is split into 3 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 a HNC in Engineering Systems and vocational credits for your SVQ.

Year 3: 

Placement within Production

  • Electronic Test
  • Laser Test
  • Radar Test
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Production Engineering
  • Test Solutions
  • New Product Introduction

Year 4: 

Final Placement within Production

This on the job training will enable you to complete the SVQ level 3 evidence logs in years 3 and 4. The HNC and the work placements will be more tailored towards your area of specialism within Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

What do we need from you?

Academic requirements:

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

2 Higher Grades (or equivalent):

  • Mandatory: Mathematics (A-C) or Physics (A-C)
  • Plus Another Higher subject, preferably a Technological subject e.g. Graphic Communication, Product Design, Craft & Design, Tech Studies, Computing etc. (A-C)


  • Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C) English

Personal Qualities:

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

Other needs:

  • Have 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. 

Some examples are listed below:

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 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

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.  Occasionally you may have the opportunity to travel.

What are you waiting for?

A career in Leonardo is extremely rewarding. You will be working with some of the most talented people in the UK on some of the most exciting, technically advanced projects.

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