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The Opportunity

At Leonardo, we have a fantastic new opportunity for an Business Administrator Apprentice (Level 3). Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 7,000 are based in the UK.

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.

Our Business Administration Apprenticeship Programme caters for those who are interested in office-based role within the Yeovil Helicopters organisation, aiming to give the apprentice an exposure and understanding of the different business functions and their interactions. The ultimate aim of the scheme is to move you into a final placement area based on business requirements and the skills displayed during the apprenticeship.

What you’ll get:
Flexible working: We offer our employees the time and flexibility they need to enjoy a balanced life through flexible hours and part time options

Custom working: The role may be a mixture of home based and onsite

Flexible benefits: Our company-funded approach to flexible benefits allows employees to make choices appropriate for them. Each employee has access to a wide choice of lifestyle, health and wellbeing options best suited to their individual lifestyle goals.

Network groups: To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion we have network groups for: Carers (employees caring for families or friends) Enable (supporting people with disabilities) Equalise (development of a gender balanced workforce) Pride (promoting equality for all LGBTQ+ individuals) We also work in partnership with AFBE (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers).

Training: Free access to Coursera which provides more than 4,000 online courses

Continuous Learning: You will be supported in your ongoing professional development though training and mentoring

Investors in People: We are proud recipients of the Investors in People Gold Award

Employee Assistance Programme: Providing free and confidential mental health support

Generous annual and flex leave in addition to bank holidays

To find out about all of our Company benefits please visit:

What you will do

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

Role description:
The apprenticeship consists of a number of structured placements, which are typically 3-4 months in duration. These rotating around different areas of the business, to enable experience in a number of different environments and help develop a wide understanding of the business and its interactions. There is a requirement to attend to Masterclasses on a monthly basis (arranged by Yeovil College).

During the final stages of the apprenticeship, the apprenticeship will move into a final placement to prepare for role post apprenticeship. Around 15 months’ work will be collated to prepare the apprentice for an ‘End Point Assessment’ (or EPA).

During the EPA, an Independent End Point Assessor will observe a presentation on a project that has been decided between the Employer and Apprentice with guidance from Yeovil College. There will also be a professional discussion conducted by the End Point Assessor and the apprentices are also expected to pass a Multiple Choice Question test.

Throughout the apprenticeship apprentices may be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas:

UK Government Sales and Exports, HR and Operations. Within the various placements comes a variety of key responsibilities.

For example;Transmissions – The main responsibilities of the Business Administration Apprentice involves managing elements of a supplier; including the cunning and correlating of an order book, problem solving and the expediting of key parts from a vendor.

Procurement – the Business Administration Apprentice will be shadowing buyers, scanning documents and loading into SharePoint, Supplier visit & KPI reviews, purchasing parts and managing contracts.

Human Resources – The main responsibilities of a Business Administration Apprentice while within this role are to;

log information, reception duties, organising room bookings, arranging travel for the team, assisting with the work experience process and Maximo requests.

Programmes – the Business Administration Apprentice will be shadowing, maintenance of departmental systems, collating amendments for issue, diary management, action logs, communications support, updating of departmental brochures and organisation charts.

During each placement, you will be working with cutting edge facilities, learning how the various business areas operate, discovering how projects are run, managed and delivered, and having opportunities to liaise with customers and suppliers. There may also be opportunity to travel between the Company’s UK and international sites.

What we are looking for

GCSE (Grade 4 – 9 / A*- C) in Maths and English – these grades are non-negotiable.

Desired skills:
Thirst for continuous improvement

Eye for detail

Pro activity


Good communication skills (written & verbal)

Good IT skills

Personal qualities:
Organisation & prioritisation skills

Industry experience beneficial (but not essential)

Tenacity, fresh thinking & enthusiasm

Analytical Mind

A strong team player & Conscientious & keen to learn

This is a great opportunity to bring your talents and form an integral part of Leonardo’s future. We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us.

Diversity Statement:
We are relentless about inclusion. We understand an inclusive environment is one that welcomes everyone as they are. We see diversity as a strength. We still have some way to go to achieving diverse teams across our whole business. We would like you to be part of our journey to creating that better balance and welcome applications from all individuals from all walks of life as we build a stronger company together.


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 which includes having a

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