Technical Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Leonardo (Employer)

Leonardo (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday (Shifts to be confirmed)
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

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.


You will undertake a series of rotational placements in the methods of developing electrical and mechanical systems, covering:

  • Systems
  • Mechanical
  • Hardware
  • Software engineering

These will include: 

  • Learning the methods of developing electrical and mechanical systems
  • Designing mechanical components and assemblies using CAD
  • Being in a laboratory to test and develop cutting-edge PCB assemblies

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. 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. 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 that lasts for the remainder of the apprenticeship.

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

Reality Check

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22 billion 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.

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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

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

Training Provided

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.

  • Level 3 Diploma in AME
  • BTEC level 2 foundation competence
  • BTEC level 3 development competence
  • BTEC level 3 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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