Craft Electrical Apprentice



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Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times TBC.
duration: 4 years
start: 2 September 2020
Advanced(level 3)
Engineering Technician Level 3 (A level) (apprenticeship standard)
10 positions available
28 February 2020 (application closing date)
Leonardo’s four-year Craft Electrical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. By the end of the scheme Apprentices will have completed a Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing, as well as a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.


The Dynamics composites Centre is the area that manufactures blades for many of the Leonardo Helicopters aircraft, including military, civil and VVIP aircraft. The blades are manufactured from the raw material.  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.

You will undertake a series of three-six-month rotational placements, Apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas: 

Electrical Manufacturing Centre (EMC): The EMC is the area that manufactures the majority of the cable assemblies, electrical panels and looms for the aircraft. The work can be new build (built from scratch), or modification of existing cable assemblies/panels/looms. This placement forms the basis of the Electrical apprenticeship and will be where the majority of the core skills are learnt. The types of electrical assemblies worked on can range from:

  • Small cable builds (about 3 feet in length and containing around 10 to 20 cables) to main route looms for the aircraft (about 20 feet in length and containing in excess of 500 cables)
  • Panel wiring - the manufacture and wiring of various aircraft panels ranging from ‘circuit breaker panels’ to ‘weapon carriers’
  • Armament cable assemblies - these can range from a small build to large build. These are subject to additional requirements due to the nature of the build.
  • Co-axial & Fibre Optical cable assemblies
  • Inspection & Test areas, to gain an understanding of the quality requirements.

Avionics: The Avionics placement focuses on detailed avionics assembly work (i.e. soldering & printed circuit boards). Apprentices may be involved in the planning and build of the development test rigs that test avionic systems, which are built in this area. 

Aircraft Manufacture: There are two distinct build environments that the apprentice will have an opportunity to work within: 

Aircraft New Build: These build facilities contain the new aircraft that are being manufactured for customers, currently including the Super lynx, AW159 (Wildcat), AW101.  These build environments contain the following works:

  • Electrical loom/panel/assembly installation and modification
  • Avionic systems installation (Automatic Flight Control Systems, Tactical Surveillance Units, etc.)
  • Electrical test (testing the electrical/avionics systems using hi-tech technology)
  • Electrical fault finding and diagnosis

Aircraft In-Service: These areas contain the in-service aircraft that we maintain and repair for the customer. The work is very similar to the new build aircraft, but more emphasis will be put on the electrical/avionics modification, fault finding and diagnosis skills base. 

Flight Side: The flight shed area contains the aircraft that are being prepared for flight and may be undergoing flight trials. This area will focus on electrical/avionics systems test and modification work.

Field Service: Support to the Aircraft in an offsite location, either carrying out modification work or pre/post flight support. This placement is nominally arranged either towards the end of the 3rd year or during the 4th year of the apprenticeship.

Key Responsibilities

The structure of the Apprenticeship programme will be as follows: 

Year 1: 

Full time at Yeovil College to complete a Level 2 Competence qualification in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (practical/workshop based) and a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (knowledge/classroom based).

Year 2: 

Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and starting the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing.  Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level). 

Year 3: 

Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing.  Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to continue the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level). 

Year 4: 

Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (5 days per week) and completing the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing.

During years 2, 3 & 4, apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad practical experience is gained in the required competences. Apprentices will work with skilled fitters in each work placement to learn the required skills. 

Future Prospects

Excellent employability once qualified.

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. The deadline for applications is February 2020. Assessment Centres will take place during March/April 2020.

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

Skills Required

  • Ability to achieve high performance
  • Want continuous improvement
  • Develop customer focus
  • Able to work together
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and confidence

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

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

4 x GCSE’s at grade A* - C / 4 - 9 (or equivalent) including:

Mandatory: Maths, English Language and/or Literature, Science* (minimum acceptable requirement for Combined Science needs to be GCSE grade 4:4).

Grade requirements for 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 qualification which could be used in conjunction i.e. BTEC Level 3 Engineering.

Training Provided

Training to be provided

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

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

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