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Software Engineering Graduate Apprentice

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Ref. 000003


Closing Date: 13/03/2019


Job Description

Leonardo – Engineering the Future


Looking for a great start to your career in technology, earning and learning on a scheme that leads to an Honours Degree?

We are looking to recruit the technical experts of the future through our outstanding Apprenticeship Programmes.


Leonardo’s four-year Software Engineering Apprenticeship scheme in Edinburgh is looking for people who understand the importance of communication, who are able to work well as part of a team and also on their own initiative. You will have the drive and commitment to work through difficult problems to find the right engineering solutions.


You will study for completion of a BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering on a day release basis whilst working. You should gain the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer as part of the way to gaining Chartered Engineer status.


You will learn to programme and how to design, integrate and test high-integrity software through a combination of University teaching and work-based learning.  You will be given experience of all stages of the software development lifecycle and an awareness of other engineering departments who support the software engineers.


You must be interested in software and have a technical aptitude in software development, maybe gained through a hobby or designing an App/website. At the end of the programme, you will work as a highly qualified member of our Software community developing software for technically advanced avionics systems such as the radar for the Typhoon jet.


Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has very little software knowledge and is not suitable for candidates who already have a computing or software degree.



Key Responsibility Areas

Study will include standard classroom sessions, computer lab sessions, online blended learning modules, and work-contextualized industrial projects. You will

  • Learn to design high integrity software
  • Practice the full software lifecycle
  • Attain a BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business degree



Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

You must have (as a minimum) the following qualifications:

5 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBBC

Mandatory: Mathematics

Preferably including Physics and Computing


Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C)  in English

(or equivalent qualifications to Highers / Standard Grades).


Additional Requirements:

Have a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK

Successfully complete SC security clearance


What’s in it for me?

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

  • Competitive starting salary
  • Annual incremental pay increases
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)


What are you waiting for?

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. This opportunity affords you the chance to be part of a community, working with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around.


Don’t delay – these roles attract high competition, so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment. The deadline for applications is 13th March 2019 and roles will be closed as soon as they are offered. Assessment Centres for all Leonardo Apprenticeship opportunities are published on our website.





Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,600 employees. With its offices and industrial plants, the Company is present in 180 sites worldwide, with a significant industrial presence in four domestic markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland) as well as strategic partnerships in the most important high potential international markets.


Contact information:

Recruitment Team

Email: leonardo.gb@mailhr.info

Phone: 0333 999 3379