Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship (Technical) Programme caters for those who are interested in the theoretical side of engineering - planning, scheduling, design, development and test elements of mechanical engineering. Over the 4-year programme, you will be trained to become a Mechanical Technician.


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 Mechanical Technical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. By the end of the scheme, apprentices will have completed a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, a Level 3 Vocational Qualification as well as an HNC in Aeronautical Engineering.

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.

As one of the leading helicopter manufacturers in the world, Leonardo Helicopters is part of the multi-national Leonardo Group of world class engineering companies. Leonardo Helicopters designs, develops and manufactures an unrivalled range of the most advanced helicopters, rotary wing technology, also developing mission and performance critical systems. Our helicopters are used extensively in civil and military roles worldwide. Primary operations are in the UK, Italy, Poland and the USA.

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. 

Role description:

The apprenticeship will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by an apprenticeship team building event at an offsite location (incorporating all 2021 apprenticeship starts). There will also be a Yeovil College Induction to ensure that apprenticeship requirements and expectations are fully established.

Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is manufacturing & supply chain.

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 programme.

Key responsibility areas:

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:

  • Structural Design - Apprentices will be involved in aircraft 3D & 2D production design work, carry out changes to production drawings and investigation work leading to design proposals and solutions. They will also be tasked with investigating specific customer requirements and change requests to aircraft designs. Dependent on capability, the apprentice may undertake some stress analysis work
  • 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
  • Rotor & Transmission Design - Apprentices will produce 2D mechanical detailed drawings of assemblies. There are also opportunities to produce detailed models of components
  • Materials Laboratory - Apprentices will undertake inspection, investigation and testing of manufactured products from a materials perspective. This will involve microscope inspections, hardness and tensile testing
  • Structural Mechanical Test and Evaluation - Apprentices will be involved with the designing of test equipment, calibration of test equipment and running test boards to test aircraft components
  • Manufacturing Engineering - Apprentices will work closely with the aircraft production line, producing the mechanical work instructions for the manufacture of aircraft on the build lines. Apprentices will also create work instructions for mechanical modifications to be fitted or changed on the build lines
  • 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 mechanical 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 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.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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Skills Required

  • Practical engineering skills (though these will be developed)
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Proactivity
  • Attention to detail

Qualities Required

  • Interest in engineering and aircraft
  • Confidence

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 equivalent) at a minimum of a C/4 (English and Science), along with an interest in practical 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

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, a Level 3 Vocational Qualification as well as an HNC in Aeronautical Engineering

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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