Craft Electrical Engineering Level 3 Apprenticeship at Leonardo

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Craft Electrical 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 Electrical 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.

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

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.

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 Responsibilities

Apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas:

Electrical Manufacturing Centre (EMC): The EMC is the area that manufactures the majority of the cable assemblies, electrical panels and looms for the aircraft. The work can be new build (built from scratch), or modification of existing cable assemblies/panels/looms. This placement forms the basis of the Electrical apprenticeship and will be where the majority of the core skills are learnt.  Electrical assemblies worked on can range from:

  • Small cable builds (about 3 feet in length and containing around 10 to 20 cables) to main route looms for the aircraft (about 20 feet in length and containing in excess of 500 cables)
  • Panel wiring - the manufacture and wiring of various aircraft panels ranging from ‘circuit breaker panels’ to ‘weapon carriers’
  • Armament cable assemblies - these can range from a small build to large build. These are subject to additional requirements due to the nature of the build.
  • Co-axial & Fibre Optical cable assemblies
  • Inspection & Test areas, to gain an understanding of the quality requirements.

Avionics: The Avionics placement focuses on detailed avionics assembly work (i.e. soldering & printed circuit boards). Apprentices may be involved in the planning and build of the development test rigs that test avionic systems.

Aircraft manufacture: There are two distinct build environments that the apprentice will have an opportunity to work within:

Aircraft new build: These build environments contain the following works:

  • Electrical loom/panel/assembly installation and modification
  • Avionic systems installation (Automatic Flight Control Systems, Tactical Surveillance Units, etc.)
  • Electrical test (testing the electrical/avionics systems using hi-tech technology)
  • Electrical fault finding and diagnosis

Aircraft In-Service: These areas contain the in-service aircraft that we maintain and repair for the customer. The work is similar to the new build aircraft with more emphasis put on the electrical/avionics modification, fault finding and diagnosis skills base.

Flight side: The flight shed area contains the aircraft that are being prepared for flight and may be undergoing flight trials.

Field Service: Support to the Aircraft in an offsite location, either carrying out modification work or pre/post flight support.

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.

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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