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Leonardo’s four-year Manufacturing Technical Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities including an HND in Engineering systems, SVQ level 2 (PEO) and SVQ level 3 (Engineering technical support). Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the engineering lifecycle.
You will undertake a series of three-month rotational placements in the methods of testing industry leading radar and laser systems – covering Electronic Testing; Laser Testing; Radar Testing; Industrial Engineering; Test Solutions.
During the rotational placements you will learn how to test complex electrical and mechanical systems to ensure they are safe and reliable. An example of this is when you undertake a placement in our state-of-the-art environmental test facility where you will be testing systems under various environmental conditions including altitude, temperature, humidity and vibration. In other departments you will be office based, looking at our manufacturing processes and how they can be refined to reduce cost, or improve build quality. The rotational placement plan will truly give you a flavour of all aspects of engineering verification and test.
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.
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 little engineering knowledge and is NOT suitable for candidates who already have an HND.
Years 1 and 2:
During your first five months you will be attending college full-time to complete an SVQ Level 2. Once back on-site, you will conduct rotational placements where you will gather real work evidence such as written logs describing day-to-day tasks completed and highlighting the key engineering competencies you have demonstrated. The SVQ Level 3 will require you to complete a folder of this evidence, demonstrating your development into a well-rounded technician/engineer through on-the-job training and are gaining the essential practical skills to succeed. During this time you will also be attending college on day release to gain the academic qualifications required by the Apprenticeship framework.
Years 3 and 4:
Having gained broad experience across Leonardo, you will undertake a final placement and further your academic study to HND level. These activities will be focused on your area of specialism and the on-the-job training will enable you to gather the final evidence required for the SVQ. Beyond the programme there may be the opportunity for you to further your academic achievements based on your talents and capability and needs of the business.
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.
You must have (as a minimum) the following academic qualifications:
• 3 x Higher Grades (or equivalent):
• Mandatory: Mathematics (A-C) and Physics (A-C) or Engineering Science (A–C)
• Plus Another Higher subject, preferably a technological subject e.g. Graphic Communication, Product Design, Craft & Design, Tech Studies, Computing etc. (A-C)
• Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C) English