Tehcnical apprentice at Leonardo

Start Date:
Edinburgh Scotland
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£13,000 annually
Review Date:
June 2015

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I will attempt to learn how all of the departments work in Selex by moving round on three month placements in each. Each placement is different so the tasks are varied.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


At work I have bettered myself at a few things but I've not been with the company long enough to have mastered some of the skills needed.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The supervisors in each of the placements have been very good but the apprenticeship as a whole is poor at times.

4. How valued do you feel by Leonardo?


It's no worse than any company would value their staff. I feel that it would be cause hassle for the company if hey had to find a new apprentice but nothing more than that.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The apprenticeship, on multiple occasions, has been shocking in its organisation. we are still awaiting some of the training that was meant to be done in our induction week (7 months late). The hiring process was also a terrible. I had to contact the company on multiple occasions because they had forgotten to get in contact with me.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?



6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


I have often felt like I can't be trusted as my manager sided with a college lecturer rather than me when I was accused of misbehaving. I felt this was unacceptable as it is their job to support us through our apprenticeship and I was blamed for something which I did not do.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


I feel that the wage should be slightly more. The current wage which we are on is the same as what it was years ago but due to inflation, is worth far less. It's unfair that all employees except apprentices' wages are adapted to keep up with the increasing prices in the market.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


The company has constant activities to keep its staff occupied; usually charity events or school involvement.

9. Would you recommend Leonardo to a friend?


9b. Why?

The content at college is irrelevant to our job, therefor it is a complete waste of our time and the company's money. the organisation for apprentices is poor at best.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Leonardo?

It is a job that will get you good qualifications at the end of the apprenticeship and the products that are worked on here are very interesting. This is overshadowed sometimes by the negative points on the course.

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