Manufacturing Apprentice


Leonardo Mw

Training Provider:


Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday shifts tbc
duration: 3 years
start: 1 September 2020
Intermediate(level 2)
Engineering Operative Level 2 (GCSE) (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
28 February 2020 (application closing date)
Leonardo’s three-year Manufacturing Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities to complete your Apprenticeship. Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your 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-month rotational placements covering:

  • mechanical assembly,
  • electromechanical assembly,
  • environmental facility,
  • material supply and logistics,
  • master production scheduling and industrial engineering
  • identifying and resolving problems as they occur, within basic operating procedures.

You’ll experience how we manage the flow of material through our supply chain, and how we ensure the process is as efficient as possible.

Years 1 and 2: 

During your first year you will spend most of your time at college completing the foundation phase of your apprenticeship. Upon completion, you will return to Leonardo to start your three-month rotational placements. Through these placements you will gather real work evidence such as written logs describing day-to-day tasks completed and highlighting the key engineering competencies you have demonstrated. Your apprenticeship standard will require you to complete a folder of this evidence, demonstrating your development into a well-rounded technician through on-the-job training. During this time you will also be attending college on day release to gain the knowledge qualifications required in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Year 3: 

Having gained broad experience across Leonardo, you will undertake a final placement, with on-the-job training being more focused on a particular discipline. This will also provide you with the final pieces of evidence required to move into the assessment phase and complete your apprenticeship.

Future Prospects

The qualifications and experience gained on this Apprenticeship will allow you to apply for further roles within this sector

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 28th February 2020. Assessment Centres will take place between January and May 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
  • Annual incremental pay increases
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative

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

  • 2 GCSE grades 4 – 9 or grades A-C, including mandatory English and maths or equivalent.

Training Provided

Training to be provided

Engineering Operative level 3 standard 

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 with the  next generation of engineers.

The apprenticeship will also involve daily meetings on schedule adherence, load boards and visual Key Performance Indicators, with an emphasis on you organising your own workload to ensure time is utilised effectively. Later in the apprenticeship, you will provide coaching and guidance to junior team members and/or apprentices.

You will be working within world class facilities regardless of which site you are based. 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 Company’s UK sites to meet with colleagues, customers and suppliers. 

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