Graduate Apprenticeship | 3 Positions available

Software Engineering



Software Engineering


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Salary £20,500 per year Location EDINBURGH Hours of work Full-time (37 Hours) Training provider Heriot Watt Closing date 03/12/2021 Qualification SCQF Level 10 - Honours Degree

Job overview

Leonardo’s four-year Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering 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 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, system 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 first two years of your employment, you will be required to spend up to two days a week at University. Attendance at University classes is mandatory and must be treated in the same way as any other working day. You will:

Learn how to design, manufacture and support advanced avionic equipment
Develop Engineering knowledge, skills and behaviours
Practice the full engineering lifecycle

The final positions will be within Radar and Advanced Targeting Sector in Edinburgh.

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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