The Opportunity

Our Craft Mechanical Apprenticeship Programme caters for those who are interested in the hands on elements of engineering. Over the 4-year programme you will be trained to become a Mechanical Aircraft Fitter, trained to fit and maintain/repair aircraft parts and systems, and work on the aircraft daily in our production and maintenance facilities.

Mechanical Engineering, in a helicopter context, covers areas such as airframe, propulsion, fuel, hydraulics, flying controls, rotors and transmissions.

Programme Description

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.

The organisation has a long history of training apprentices, and also evidence of progression of apprentices post completion of their schemes into senior and critical roles. Apprentices have gone on to reach the highest levels in the Company – to management level and beyond!

Leonardo’s four-year Craft Mechanical 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.

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.

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.

What you will do

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.

Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is manufacturing & supply chain.

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 a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (knowledge/classroom based). 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 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).

• Y ear 3 : Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to continue the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).

Year 4 : Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (5 days per week) and completing the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing.

During years 2, 3 & 4, apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad practical experience is gained in the required competences. Apprentices will work with skilled fitters in each work placement to learn the required skills.

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.

Key Responsibility Areas

Apprentices will work towards becoming a ‘skilled’ mechanical fitter 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:

  • Component manufacturing services (CMS)
  • Aircraft new build
  • Aircraft In-Service
  • Flight side
  • Off site placement
  • What we are looking for

    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.

    4 GCSEs at a minimum of a C/4 (including Maths*, English and Science), along with an interest in hands-on engineering. 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 – The Leonardo course is based on an ‘Apprenticeship Standard’ and therefore contains new academic qualifications. This could mean that there may be some duplication in course content.

    Highly desirable

    We are looking for candidates who show a real interest in the organisation, as well as a desire to succeed in their chosen field. Self-motivated individuals who are looking to grow and develop with the company are urged to apply! What makes you stand out from the other candidates?

    We recruit on a rolling basis so don’t delay – these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment. 

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