Mechanical Engineering Apprentice (Craft) - 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)
4 positions available
6 March 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

Leonardo’s four-year Craft Mechanical 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.


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.

Our four-year Craft Mechanical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities.  By the end of the scheme trainees 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 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.

How this role fits in:

  • Leonardo represents a unique opportunity for a career-minded person to have the best of both worlds; a challenging role with career development prospects and a quality of life that is hard to equal
  • Apprentices follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad experience is gained in the required competences.  Apprentices work with skilled individuals in each work placement to learn the required skills, knowledge and behaviour

Key Responsibility Areas

Apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas:

Component manufacturing services (CMS): Some of the key mechanical skills are practiced in this area; the work focuses on the build and manufacture of detailed assemblies (brackets, jigs, modification, etc)

Aircraft new build:

  • These build facilities contain the new aircraft that are being manufactured for customers, for example the Super Lynx, AW159 (Wildcat), and AW101. These build environments contain the following works: Structural works (Marking out, installation of fixtures and fasteners, skin installation and repair), Systems install (Landing gear, hydraulics systems, engine installation, flying controls, gear box and drive shaft installation, fuel systems installation, etc.), Systems test (Flying controls, hydraulics, fuel systems, alignment, rigging, hydraulics, etc.)

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 Inspection, systems removal, fault finding and diagnosis, modification (system & structural), etc.

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 either carrying out systems & aircraft test, ground running of the aircraft , final stages of build (blades on, fitting panels, etc.), pre/post flight support

Field Service:

  • Support to the Aircraft in an offsite location, either carrying out modification work, maintenance 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

Future Prospects

  • Excellent employment prospects 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.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW):

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

  • 4 GCSEs at a minimum of a C/4 (including maths, English and Science) 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 – due to the course content, a higher tier C/4 in maths is recommended
  • Note – This course is an ‘Apprenticeship Standard’ and therefore contains new academic qualifications.This could mean that there may be some duplication in course content

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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