Future Leaders Programme Launch

02 May 2024

Leonardo is proud to announce the launch of a new programme in partnership with Future Leaders, a social mobility partner committed to supporting career pathways for young people. Future Leaders currently works with 300 schools offering a range of activities, programmes, work experience and mentoring.

The six-month programme will support 25 young women from schools in Luton and North London, in developing their resilience, skills and confidence, to help them achieve their career aspirations. The programme launched on 30 April at our London office and will see the students attend a further five days of learning and development at our Luton site between May-October.

Many Leonardo engineers and business professionals have volunteered their time to meet our Future Leaders cohort. They will be sharing career stories, bringing to life the work we do in Leonardo, as well as providing information on the range of early careers programmes Leonardo offers young people at the start of their career journey.

The programme forms part of Leonardo’s Inclusion and Diversity strategy, with the company committed to increasing the number of women throughout its business and across its eight UK sites.

Rachel Ruxton, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, explained: “We are committed to reducing our gender pay gap and increasing the number of women working at Leonardo UK. This ambition is woven into all parts of our recruitment and retention strategy, and it is programmes such as Future Leaders, which will help us achieve this aim. 

“Engaging with more young people, introducing them to the breadth of career opportunities available within Leonardo, supporting them with employability skills and working with an external partner who can ensure we do this well, is a fantastic example of the investment Leonardo is making in inclusion and diversity.”