Electrical Engineering Apprentice (Technical) - Advanced (Level 3)

Leonardo (Employer)

Leonardo (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times TBC.
4 years (duration)
6 September 2021(start date)
Engineering Technician (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
6 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Our Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship (Technical) Programme caters for those who are interested in the theoretical side of engineering - planning, scheduling, design, development and test elements of electrical 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.

Leonardo’s four-year Electrical Technical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities.  By the end of the scheme trainees will have completed a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, a Level 3 Vocational Qualification as well as an HNC in Aeronautical Engineering.

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, 3 & 4, apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad practical experience is gained in the required competences.

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.

Key Responsibilities:

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

Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas:

  1. Electrical Design: Apprentices will learn and carry out 3D design of electrical cabling/looming to meet the aircraft airframe specifications, design how Line Replacement Units (LRUs) will fit in to the aircraft airframe as well as designing the communications and data bus looming.
  2. Continuous Improvement: Apprentices will learn and be expected to understand, evaluate and identify potential improvements within the business and look at the LEAN improvements that can be made in various departments.
  3. Manufacturing Engineering: Apprentices will work closely with the aircraft production line, producing the electrical work instructions for the manufacture of aircraft on the build lines. Apprentices will also create work instructions for electrical modifications to be fitted or changed on the build lines.
  4. Avionics: Apprentices will run the test schedules for the testing of aircraft LRUs, electrical systems and software on specific test beds. This ensures that all electrical and avionics systems run correctly before being fitted to the aircraft.
  5. Electrical Manufacturing Centre: Apprentices can be involved in the planning of loom manufacture, designing the form boards to manufacture the looms, manufacture of aircraft looms and continuity testing.
  6. Electro-magnetic Environmental Effects: Apprentices will gain an understanding and participate in the clearing of aircraft from an electro-magnetic capability perspective. They will prepare test schedules, define the testing and compile the outcomes in a report. Opportunities to use specialist test equipment on the aircraft to gain results.
  7. Customer Support and Training: Apprentices will gain knowledge of how Leonardo Helicopters supports the customer once the aircraft are in-service. This can range from carrying out amendments to electrical/avionic servicing and repair schedules for the customer, investigating customer queries and offering technical advice, to designing specific Ground Servicing Equipment to suit customer needs.

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.

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

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.  When applying on HireVue please select Apprentice level 3 STEM.

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

GCSE maths at a minimum of a B/6 or equivalent.

4 additional GCSEs (or equivalents) at a minimum of a C/4 (English and Science), along with an interest in hands-on engineering.  These grades are non-negotiable.

We also welcome applications from individuals who have attained or are on track to attain A Levels/relevant BTEC qualification*.

*Note – The Leonardo course is based on an ‘Apprenticeship Standard’ and therefore contains new academic qualifications.  This could mean that there may be some duplication in course content.

Training 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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About the employer

Leonardo is one of the UK's leading aerospace companies and one of biggest suppliers of defence and security equipment to the UK.

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