Craft Machinist Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship at Leonardo

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Craft Machinist Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship

Looking for a great start to your career in technology, earning and learning on a professionally accredited, award-winning scheme? We are looking to recruit the experts of the future on our nationally recognised, award-winning Apprenticeship Programme.

Our four-year Craft Machining Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities.  By the end of the scheme trainees will have completed a Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing, as well as a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.

Role description

The Apprenticeship will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a team building event 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 with the possibility of working on-site in your placement at Leonardo Helicopters for 1 day a week post-Christmas.
  • During years 2, 3 & 4, apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad practical experience is gained in the required competences.

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 program.

How this role fits in

Leonardo represents a unique opportunity for a career-minded person to have the best of both worlds; a challenging role with career development prospects and a quality of life that is hard to equal.

Apprentices follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad experience is gained in the required competences.  Apprentices work with skilled individuals in each work placement to learn the required skills, knowledge and behaviour.

Key Responsibility Areas

Apprentices will work towards becoming a 'skilled' machinist on completion of their apprenticeship.  Post-apprenticeship there are possibilities to progress through the grading structure and adopt additional responsibilities.

Throughout the apprenticeship apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas within the Transmissions Centre of Excellence:

Gear Shop: This area manufactures the internal gear components for aircraft gearboxes. The components travel through a number of different processes, each machine would cover a different part of the manufacturing process.  The work in this area is completed on various lathes (CNC & conventional lathes) and is highly tolerance critical.

In addition to the standard machines, the area has a number of specialist machines that are used during the manufacturing process to create ‘Spiral and Helical Gears’.

Machine shop: This area primarily focuses on the manufacture/finishing of Gearbox housing & ancillary components for aircraft gearboxes (i.e. drive shafts, etc.).

The work in this area is completed on various lathes, but the range of machines differs from the ‘Gear Shop’ (Multi Axis machine centres to smaller more conventional machinery) and is also highly tolerance critical – requiring high attention to detail.

Throughout the apprenticeship, there will be an opportunity to experience placements in additional areas (e.g. Inspection, Manufacturing Engineering, Heat Treatment, etc.) to enable a holistic view of the Transmission Centre of Excellence.

This apprenticeship covers placements on the different machines with apprentices learning how to set up and operate each one.  During the final year of the apprenticeship, the apprentice would move into a final placement based on the skills displayed during the 3 years on site.

Training to be provided

Leonardo prides itself on recruiting the very best. Our companies run flourishing graduate and apprentice schemes for some 400 people nationwide.

We actively participate with other educational and engineering partners to help shape and develop the training and qualifications we offer to ensure that our future apprenticeship schemes continue to meet the expectation of our applicants and to match local and national standards.

Boasting a current retention rate that has seen 95% of apprentices stay with our companies at the end of their schemes, Leonardo understands that the future of its high-tech business rests in the hands of the next generation of engineers.

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering

Desired skills

  • Practical hands-on engineering skills (though these will be developed)
  • Interest in engineering and aircraft
  • Adaptability
  • Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Proactivity
  • Attention to detail

Personal qualities

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.

Desired qualifications

4 GCSEs at a minimum of a C/4 (including Maths*, English and Science).  These grades are non-negotiable.

We also welcome applications from individuals who have attained or are on track to attain A Levels/relevant BTEC qualification**.

*Note – due to the course content, a higher tier C in Maths is recommended.

**Note – This course is an ‘Apprenticeship Standard’ and therefore contains new academic qualifications.  This could mean that there may be some duplication in course content.

Future prospects

Excellent employment prospects once qualified.

Things to consider

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. Come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around.

Leonardo values people with a passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving. We reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including:

  • Competitive starting salary
  • 25 days holiday and ability to earn flexi-leave
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative
  • Employee Discount Scheme

Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.  When applying on HireVue please select App level 3 STEM.

About Leonardo

Leonardo is a world-class advanced engineering company, committed to delivering winning, cost-effective solutions in the aerospace, defence and security sectors.

Balancing our global reach with sustained investment in our UK centres of excellence, we are focused on responding to the needs of Government and on the opportunities for exports.

We recruit and develop talented and skilled people and share learning and models of best practice across the group. Our UK growth has resulted from the skills, energy and dedication of our people. 

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