Mechanical Engineer Degree Apprentice

Employer
LEONARDO MW LTD
Location
231, Lysander Road, Yeovil, BA20 2YB
Salary
Competitive salary
Closing date
13 Mar 2022

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Specialism
Engineering
Sector
Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
The Opportunity

Our Mechanical Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice (Rotorcraft) Programme caters for those who are interested in the practical and theoretical aspects of supporting a fleet of helicopters, helping to maintain airworthy and available aircraft, along with performance analysis of our products. Over the 5 and a half year programme you will be trained to become a Rotorcraft Engineer, as well as an integral part of the organisation. You will take in placements in areas such as; Rotor Dynamics, Aircraft Loads, Structural Test Lab and Transmissions Design amongst others.

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 with 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 five and a half year Mechanical Aerospace Engineering Degree Apprentice (Rotorcraft) provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. By the end of the scheme trainees will have completed a Level 6 Degree (BEng) 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.

How will we support you?

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
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative

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 start a Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (knowledge/classroom based). There will also be some Enrichment activity. 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 4 Competence (work related) qualification in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to complete the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Year 3: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 4 Competence (work related) qualification in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Year 4: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and completing the Level 4 Competence (work related) qualification in Engineering Technical Support (or equivalent qualification). Attend Yeovil College and Plymouth University (minimum of 1 day per week) to start Level 6 top up Degree (BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering
  • Year 5: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and completing the Level 4 Competence (work related) qualification in Engineering Technical Support (or equivalent qualification). Attend Yeovil College and Plymouth University (minimum of 1 day per week) to start Level 6 top up Degree (BEng) in Aeronautical Engineering

During years 2, 3, 4 & 5, apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad practical experience is gained in the required competences.Apprentices will work with skilled engineers 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 Rotorcraft Engineer on completion of their apprenticeship.Post-apprenticeship there are possibilities to progress through the grading structure and adopt additional responsibilities.

What we are looking for

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

Mandatory

Nationality and security clearance

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

Qualifications required:

Academic qualifications of 96 (240 pre 2017) UCAS points or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include Mathematics plus at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics.

A GCSE grade B/5 in Mathematics, plus five GCSEs at Grade A-C including English Language and Double Science or equivalent qualification.

Grade requirements for Mathematics, English and Science have to be met, however Science at a Level 3 (or grade D) can potentially be considered if the applicant has completed another qualification which could be used in conjunction i.e. BTEC Level 3 Engineering.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Practical hands-on engineering skills (though these will be developed)
  • Adaptability
  • Teamwork
  • Time Management
  • Attention to detail


Personal qualities

  • Interest in engineering and aircraft
  • Confidence
  • Proactivity


Desired qualifications

96 (240 pre 2017) UCAS points or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include mathematics plus at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics.

A GCSE grade B/5 in mathematics, plus five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and Double Science or equivalent qualifications.

Grade requirements for mathematics, English and Science have to be met, however Science at a Level 3 (or grade D) can potentially be considered if the applicant has completed another relevant qualification i.e. BTEC Level 3 Engineering.

Future prospects

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


Things to consider

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.

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.

Don't delay - these roles attract high competition so APPLY NOW to avoid disappointment.

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage guide (ANMW): https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

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