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Business Graduate Apprentice

Business Management BA (Hons)

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.

Exciting early career opportunities at Leonardo

Your story starts here.

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.

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

During Years 1 and 2 of the degree you will study core modules addressing Strategic thinking, supply change management, Finance, Ethical Governance, Business Analysis and Technology and Innovation. In addition, learners will work closely with work-based assessors and mentors to enable them to apply their academic knowledge within their work context.

You will draft and prepare routine contracts/ purchase orders, other agreements and internal approvals in line with standard and non-standard formats. You will adhere to a range of standard procedures and precedents to solve problems, which arise, with instruction direction and guidance available from others. You will establish integrity in pricing models to ensure accuracy and compliance with standard formats and liaise with customers/ suppliers to respond to routine queries regarding contract and supply chain issues.

Years 3 and 4 are designed to develop higher level cognitive skills and enable the continued integration of knowledge, professional competencies and transferable skills via two more extensive work-based Integrated Projects with real value to the employer and with possible choice of electives from across the fields of Business, Engineering and Computer Science.

You will provide input to Integrate Project Teams project meetings to answer questions concerning contract/supply chain matters and acting as a focal point for cross function support and issues resolution. You will identify areas of potential risk/ opportunity e.g., sub-contract risk, liability and exchange rate exposure etc. and refer findings to senior members of the team.

Role description

You will study at the University of Strathclyde for completion of a Business Management BA (Hons) degree through a mixture of work-based learning, distance learning and day release at university. On completion you should have met the criteria for Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

We need people who understand the importance of our customers and are ready to commit to working in the business, whilst also committing to a 4-year degree programme.  It is an opportunity to contribute and experience commercial functional support in each of the business are of Fast Jets, Product Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul, Integrated Solutions and Land Logistics & Training Services (LL&TS) through a rotational placement spanning the full range and life cycle of service delivery. At the end of the programme, you will work as a highly qualified member of our business community in a variety of disciplines within supply chain management.

What we are looking for


  • 4 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBB
  • Mandatory: Mathematics & English
  • Preferred: a business related subject
  • Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C) in English (or equivalent qualifications to Highers / Standard Grades)


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.

SAAS funding from English Apprentices moving to Scotland must have residency in Scotland before August 1st.

Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has little professional business management experience and is NOT suitable for candidates who already have a business related degree.

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

You will bring:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organisational skills
  • A high level of numeracy with a keen eye for detail
  • The ability to work well both in a team and individually
  • Effective time management with the ability  to prioritise workload and ensure tasks are completed on time
  • Strong IT skills
  • Ambition, motivation and enthusiasm

Leonardo values their people and we reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)
  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private healthcare options
  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)
  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site
  • Free on-site parking

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Job ID Number: 004095
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