Manufacturing Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Leonardo (Employer)

Leonardo Mw Ltd (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, Shifts TBC.
4 years (duration)
8 September 2022(start date)
Engineering fitter (apprenticeship standard)
3 positions available
13 March 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Leonardo’s Four 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.


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 manufacturing experts of the future on our nationally recognised, award-winning Apprenticeship Programme.

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

What you will do

Leonardo's four-year Manufacturing Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities including working towards achievement of an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Diploma Level 3.

You will undertake a series of six-month rotational placements – covering Mechanical Assembly, Electromechanical Assembly, Electro Optic Assembly and product testing. During this time you will also be attending college on day release to gain vocational qualifications. You will be expected to keep up to date with college requirements.

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 learn how to build industry leading electronic countermeasure systems, and how to test these systems under multiple environmental stresses. You will learn how we manage the flow of material through our supply chain, our planning and Logistics processes and how we control that material during the product build cycle.

Throughout the programme you will receive coaching and support from your team to achieve your objectives as well as your personal development goals.  You will gain a wide array of experience on your placement that you can apply to your academic studies and future career.

Years 1 and 2: 

You will conduct rotational placements where you will gather real work evidence such as written logs describing day-to-day tasks completed and highlighting the key manufacturing competencies you have demonstrated. You will compile a folder of evidence, demonstrating your development into a well-rounded technician through on-the-job training and gaining the essential practical skills to succeed. During this time you will also be attending college on day release to gain the academic qualifications required by the Apprenticeship framework.

Year 3 & 4: 

Having gained broad experience across Leonardo, you will undertake a final placement, with on-the-job training being more focused on a particular discipline.

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
  • Annual incremental pay increases
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative
  • Custom Working Model – supporting health and wellbeing and Inclusion and Diversity

Reality Check

  • 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
  • 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
  • Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week), For more information please visit:

Skills Required

  • Develop customer focus
  • Able to work together
  • Problem-solving

Qualities Required

  • Ability to achieve high performance
  • Want continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and confidence

Qualifications Required

Academic Requirements:

  • 2 x GCSE grades 4 - 9 or grades C-A*, or equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2), Mandatory: English & maths or equivalent

Training Provided

Engineering Fitter

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 next generation of engineers.

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Technical Knowledge)

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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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