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Aerospace Product Support Engineering Degree Apprentice

(BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering

The Opportunity

At Leonardo, we have a fantastic new opportunity for an Aerospace Product Support Engineering Degree Apprentice (Level 6). 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.

Exciting early career opportunities at Leonardo

Your story starts here.

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 Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme caters for those who are interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of supporting a fleet of helicopters, helping to maintain airworthy and available aircraft, along with performance analysis of our products. Over the five and a half year programme you will be trained to become a Product Support Engineer, and become an integral part of the Customer Support organisation, with the ultimate aim of moving you into a final placement area based on business requirements and the skills displayed during the apprenticeship.

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 structure of the Apprenticeship programme will be as follows:

  • Year 1: Full time at Yeovil College to complete a Level 2 competence qualification in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (practical/workshop based) and start a Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Aeronautical Engineering (knowledge/classroom based). There will also be some Enrichment activity. Post-Christmas, there is a possibility of working on-site in your placement at Leonardo Helicopters for 1 day a week
  • Year 2: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and starting the Level 4 competence (work related) qualification in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to complete the Level 4 HNC in Aeronautical Engineering, and start the Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Year 3: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 4 competence (work related) qualification in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to complete the Level 5 HND in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Year 4: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and completing the Level 4 competence (work related) qualification in Engineering Technical Support (or equivalent qualification).  Attend Yeovil College and Plymouth University (minimum of 1 day per week) to start level 6 top up Degree (BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Year 5: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and completing the Level 4 competence (work related) qualification in Engineering Technical Support (or equivalent qualification).  Attend Yeovil College and Plymouth University (minimum of 1 day per week) to complete the (BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering.

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 programme.

Whilst on your journey through Customer Support you will experience firsthand what it entails to support aircraft for our large customer base. Activities will include offering technical advice, maintenance solutions and working on product improvements.  The disciplines vary from Repair Design, Tooling Design, Fault Investigation and Project Managing solutions.  There will be opportunities to work at Customer facilities and potentially to travel further afield.

Your placements will consist of 3-6 month rotations across the Customer Support directorate, mostly within Product Support Engineering. This includes the opportunity to do a 6 month external placement elsewhere in the business.

What we are looking for

Qualifications:

  • 96 (240 pre 2017) UCAS points or above at A-Level or equivalent., to include Mathematics plus at least one STEM based subject.
  • GCSE grade B/5 in Maths, plus 5 GCSEs at grade A-C inc. English Language & Double Science or equivalent.

Desired skills:

  • Thirst for continuous improvement
  • Eye for detail
  • Pro activity
  • Adaptability
  • 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

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

Progression:

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.

Mandatory:

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 minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

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