Manufacturing Technical Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Leonardo (Employer)

Leonardo (Training Provider)

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

Leonardo’s four-year Technical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the engineering life cycle.


Leonardo's four-year Technical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the engineering lifecycle. Later in the apprenticeship, you will provide coaching and guidance to junior team members and/or apprentices.

You will undertake a series of rotational placements to gain an understanding of the product lifecycle, from concept through design into manufacturing, understanding the requirements and challenges of turning a design into reality. In particular you will recognise the impact of design decisions on the manufacturability of a product, how this is influenced, and the processes, techniques and tools used to develop the manufacturing and test facilities. Your placement will give you a flavour of what is involved in Systems, Mechanical, Hardware Engineering and the manufacturing function, which is supported by the many facets of manufacturing engineering. You will learn how to use CAD, computer modelling and analysis tools to develop effective and efficient manufacturing and test capabilities.

You will be working within cutting-edge facilities and there may be opportunities for travel between the Company's UK sites to meet with colleagues, customers, and suppliers. 

Key Responsibilities:

Years 1 and 2:

During your first year you will spend most of your time at college completing the foundation phase level 2 of the Engineering Technician standard (Ref: ST0457).  Upon completion, you will return to Leonardo to start your three-month rotational placements, while keeping a log of all the work you complete which will then be used towards your apprenticeship. During your second year you will attend college on a day release basis to complete the knowledge qualification of your level 3 apprenticeship and continue with your rotational placements.

Years 3 and 4:

In your 3rd year you will get more involved in specific projects and become a key member of the team/departments you are rotating through. Your 3rd year will also see you through the workplace assessment phase of your apprenticeship by completing the competence qualification of your apprenticeship. Alongside this you will also attend college on day release to start your HNC. For your final year, you will be selected through a combination of interview and academic/vocational progress to focus your development in a final work placement in Manufacturing Engineering with opportunities for developing innovative assembly solutions to support the introduction of new products into manufacturing and delivering expert technical support for the Radio Frequency (RF), optical and environmental test equipment and environmental facilities used within the company.

Future Prospects

Leonardo values people with a passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving. We have a high retention rate of our apprentices, once their training has completed. We reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package for ongoing employees, including:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Annual incremental pay increases
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (contributory)

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 Apprentice Level 3 STEM.

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.

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Skills Required

  • Ability to achieve high performance
  • Able to work together
  • Develop customer focus

Qualities Required

  • Want continuous improvement
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and confidence

Qualifications Required

5 x GCSE grades 9-4 or grades A*- C/9-4 or equivalent (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2), to include English language, maths, and science.

Training Provided

Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard.

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.

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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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