Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice (Product Support) - Degree (Level 6)

Leonardo (Employer)

Leonardo (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times TBC
5 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
Aerospace engineer (apprenticeship standard)
3 positions available
6 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Leonardo’s five-year Product Support Engineering Degree Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. By the end of the scheme Apprentices will have completed a Level 6 Degree (BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering.


Looking for a great start to your career in technology, earning and learning on a professionally accredited, award-winning scheme? We are looking to recruit the experts of the future on our nationally recognised, award-winning Apprenticeship Programme.

Our five-year Product Support Engineering Degree Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. By the end of the scheme trainees will have completed

a Level 6 Degree (BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering.

Role description

The Apprenticeship will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a Trainee team building event at an offsite location (incorporating all 2021 Trainee starts). There will also be a Yeovil College Induction to ensure that apprenticeship requirements and expectations are fully established.

Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is manufacturing & supply chain.

The structure of the Apprenticeship programme will be as follows:

  • Year 1: Full time at Yeovil College with the possibility of working on-site in your placement at Leonardo Helicopters for 1 day a week post-Christmas.
  • During years 2 -5 apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad practical experience is gained in the required competences, as well as attending Yeovil College for 1 day per week and Plymouth University for a minimum of 1 day per week in years 4 and 5.

Each Apprentice on this route will need to complete an End Point Assessment as defined in the Apprenticeship Standard, this will take place in the final months of the program.

How this role fits in

Leonardo represents a unique opportunity for a career-minded person to have the best of both worlds; a challenging role with career development prospects and a quality of life that is hard to equal.

Key Responsibility Areas

Apprentices will work towards becoming a Product Support Engineer on completion of their apprenticeship. Post-apprenticeship there are possibilities to progress through the grading structure and adopt additional responsibilities.

Our Degree Apprenticeship Programme caters for those who are interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of supporting a fleet of helicopters, helping to maintain airworthy and available aircraft, along with performance analysis of our products.

Our Product Support Engineers are primarily office based but frequently work closely with aircraft, customers and vendors, resolve customer issues and conduct analysis to ensure that future developments reduce the cost of ownership for our customers and increase aircraft availability. Apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas. In each placement the apprentice will be taught the tools and methods used along with some projects to develop his/her learning. Whilst on these placements, there will be opportunities to engage with customers and suppliers (when applicable). Placement selection will be flexible to match the longer term aspirations and interests of the apprentice, along with the needs of the business.

As a Degree Apprentice in Customer Support, you will gain the majority of your experience through placements in our Product Support Engineering department, focusing on the in-service engineering disciplines. Placements may include (but not be limited to) the following areas:

Service Engineering, Repair Design, Fault Investigation, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Design, Reliability and Maintainability (R&M), Obsolescence, Logistics Support Solutions (LSS), Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) Management, PSE Operations.

Future Prospects

Leonardo values people with a passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving. We reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • 25 days holiday and ability to earn flexi-leave
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative
  • Employee Discount Scheme

Reality Check

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.

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment. When applying on HireVue please select App Degree STEM.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

Skills Required

  • Practical hands-on engineering skills (though these will be developed)
  • Interest in engineering and aircraft
  • Adaptability
  • Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Proactivity
  • Attention to detail

Qualities Required

Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business.

Qualifications Required

96 (240 pre 2017) UCAS points or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include Mathematics plus at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics.

A GCSE grade B/5 in Mathematics, plus five GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above including English Language and Double Science or equivalent qualification.

Grade requirements for Mathematics, English and Science have to be met, however Science at a Level 3 (or grade D) can potentially be considered if the applicant has completed another relevant qualification i.e. BTEC Level 3 Engineering.

Training Provided

Leonardo prides itself on recruiting the very best. Our companies run flourishing graduate and apprentice schemes for some 400 young people nationwide.

We actively participate with other educational and engineering partners to help shape and develop the training and qualifications we offer to ensure that our future apprenticeship schemes continue to meet the expectation of our applicants and to match local and national standards.

Boasting a current retention rate that has seen 95% of apprentices stay with our companies at the end of their schemes, Leonardo understands that the future of its high-tech business rests in the hands of the next generation of engineers.

  • Level 6 Degree (BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering
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