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Software Engineering Graduate Apprentice



Software Engineering Graduate Apprentice


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£20,500 per year Edinburgh Full-time (37 Hours) Heriot Watt 15/12/2020 SCQF Level 10 - Honours Degree

Job overview

Leonardo’s four-year Software Engineering Apprenticeship scheme at Edinburgh (leading to Graduate Level) is looking for people who understand the importance of communication, who are able to work well as part of a team and also on their own initiative. You will have the drive and commitment to work through difficult problems to find the right engineering solutions. You will study for completion of a BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Business through a mixture of work based learning and day release at University. You will gain the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer as part of the way to gaining Chartered Engineer status.

You will learn to programme and how to design, integrate and test high-integrity software through a combination of University teaching and work-based learning. You will be given experience of all stages of the software development lifecycle and an awareness of other engineering departments who support the software engineers. Subjects will include: hardware-software interface, data communication, networking and security, software configuration and release management; and subjects in business, personal skills and project management.

You must be interested in IT and have a technical aptitude in software development, maybe gained through a hobby, designing an App/website or through programming. At the end of the programme, you will work as a highly qualified member of our Software community developing software for technically advanced avionics systems such as the radar for the Typhoon jet.

What will I learn?

Leonardo values people that look to always develop throughout their career and along with an eager willingness to learn, a successful apprenticeship with Leonardo 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 the programme and learning objectives very highly.

Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has very little software knowledge and is NOT suitable for candidates who already have a computing or software degree.

During the teaching semesters, you will be required to attend University classes, seminars and labs on one day a week and in addition will be allowed another day to complete University projects and assignments.

Attendance at University classes is mandatory, and must be treated in the same way as any other working day.

You will:
• Learn to design high integrity software and to program in C++
• Practice the full software lifecycle
• Attain a BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business degree

What qualification or qualities are 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, but may need to be to a higher level for this particular role due to the nature of the projects and or programmes that the role will be supporting.


You must have (as a minimum) the following qualifications:
5 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBBC
• Mandatory: Mathematics
• Preferably including Physics and Computing
• Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C) in English (or equivalent qualifications to Highers / Standard Grades).

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