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This vacancy may close at any time, if this role is of interest to you we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

The Opportunity

Leonardo offers a range of Apprenticeships from 2-4yrs. across a variety of STEM and business routes, offering paid training, coupled with on the job learning that enables you to gain practical skills, experience and knowledge that sets up the best start to your career.

Whether leaving School or College with GCSEs/Standards, A ‘Levels/Highers (or equivalent) or in work and looking for a new career path, you are fully supported as you rotate within the business working on real-time projects alongside highly skilled professionals who are passionate about their work.

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    As you would expect from a globally renowned Company, we offer competitive entry salaries from £14,000 to £20,500pa and fully support your academic learning through to qualifications, so there is no need to get into debt. We support helping you settle into your new location ensuring you are familiar with the team and have a warm welcome from day 1. There is a member of our Apprentice team at each site, helping you progress, ensuring your study time is protected, enabling access to digital learning as well as opportunities to get involved with the local community and STEM projects, enhance many aspects of each programme.

    Leonardo values people that look to always develop throughout their career and along with an eager willingness to learn, a successful apprenticeship with us involves a drive to deliver results, sometimes from your own initiative, a patience for problem solving, as well as a need to comply with safety instructions and clear process compliance at all times. We view commitment to programme and learning objectives very highly.

    Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection, and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. We are a continually expanding company, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of technology. We hope that is you and look forward to you joining the team!

    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.

    The Leonardo Helicopters plant and equipment cover a vast array of machines from large machining centres through to composite press tools and autoclaves.

    NOTE: This apprenticeship could have either a Mechanical or Electrical bias, which could affect the embedded qualifications

    The structure of the Apprenticeship programme will be as follows:

    Year 1: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (1 day per week) and starting the Level 3 competence (work related) qualification in Engineering Maintenance. Attend Yeovil College (4 days per week) to start the level 2 competence qualification in machining. If applicable to the apprenticeship bias, start the BTEC level 2 technical qualification.

    Year 2: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 competence qualification in Engineering Maintenance. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the Level 3 technical qualification .

    Year 3: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 Vocational qualification in Engineering Maintenance. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to continue the Level 3 technical qualification

    Year 4: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and completing the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Engineering Maintenance.

    If applicable to the apprenticeship bias, attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to continue the Level 3 technical qualification.

    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.

    This apprenticeship, although the core location is within the maintenance department, will be spent in a number of different areas of the site. There will be a mixture of ‘planned/preventative’ & ‘reactive’ maintenance activities across the duration of the scheme.

    What we are looking for


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    Qualifications required:
    4 GCSEs at a minimum of a D/3 (including Maths, English and Science).

    There will be a requirement for those without a minimum C/4 in Maths & English to study and achieve a C/4 in both before the end of year 1.

    Desired skills:
    Thirst for continuous improvement

    Eye for detail

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    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.

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