Each year, Leonardo seeks to attract enthusiastic people to join one of our highly regarded apprenticeships programme. We are a large employer of engineering, business and cyber apprentices in the UK, with over 400 graduates and apprentices in training at different facilities across the country.

Entrants to the programme, typically school and college leavers looking for the next step on their career journey, undertake an intensive training programme lasting two, three or four years, depending upon the scheme, which results in their graduating with a substantial depth of skills in the area in which they have specialised. The programmes consist of both academic “off-the-job” and structured “on-the-job” learning, and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

The success rates of the Leonardo Apprentice Training programme are very high – with over 90% of apprentices successfully completing the programme. Many of the company’s senior leaders began their careers as apprentices, and a significant number of apprentices go on to undertake degrees and achieve graduate status. Recently, Leonardo was recognised for its outstanding work with Apprentices, being named as Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers by the City & Guilds and the National Apprenticeship Service.

Leonardo is committed to maintaining its skilled workforce, and recognises the need to expand the UK's pool of engineering resources by supporting initiatives such as the ‘5% Club’ which aims to increase the number of apprentices and graduates in the UK.

Leonardo operates a worldwide education programme aimed at encouraging young people throughout their academic careers to take an interest in science and technology. We have strategic partnerships with colleges and universities throughout the UK to develop engineering research capabilities and improve students’ and teachers’ understanding of engineering careers.

Please click on the relevant tab below for details of the apprenticeship opportunities available within our Electronics or Helicopters businesses in the UK.

Electronics, Defence and Security Systems

Leonardo understands the future of its high-tech business rests in the hands of the next generation of engineers. We have a long tradition of employing young people in the business, a practice dating back decades. Young people have been the lifeblood of our company and will continue to help determine our future success. This ongoing commitment to young peoples' educational development is demonstrated by our Gold level accreditation by Investors in Young People.

Applications are now closed for our apprenticeship programme at our Scottish and English sites. They will reopen in autumn 2023, for roles starting in 2024.

We can offer more than just a job – this is a chance to develop the skills for an interesting and rewarding professional career with an industry-leading organisation.

Currently, there are over 100 trainees in this programme. Apprenticeships are offered in the areas of Manufacturing, Technical, Software, Design Engineering, Business and Cyber disciplines. Additionally, in Scotland, we already offer graduate level apprenticeships in Software and Design Engineering, and are extending degree apprenticeships to England for 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions about Electronics, Defence & Security Systems Apprenticeships


Leonardo Helicopters is a world leader in helicopter manufacture. We design, develop and manufacture an unrivalled range of helicopters and rotary wing technology for civil and military customers, with primary operations in the UK, USA, Italy and Poland.

Applications are now closed for our helicopter apprenticeship programme at our Yeovil site. They will reopen in autumn 2023, for roles starting in 2024.

Leonardo aims to attract enthusiastic people to join its highly regarded 'Craft' and 'Degree' Engineering apprenticeships.

Leonardo was awarded "Outstanding" status following our OFSTED inspection under the Leonardo Training Contract; the highest award possible, demonstrating our excellent training capability.

Our helicopter sector currently has over 200 trainees in its programme.

Frequently Asked Questions about Helicopter Apprenticeships

Entry requirements

Applicants to the 'Craft' apprenticeship programme will need 4 GCSEs grade A-C (pre 2017) or grade 4 and above (post 2017) including Maths, English and Science.

Applicants to the ‘Degree’ apprenticeship programme will need 240 UCAS points (pre 2017) or 96 (post 2017) or above at A-level standard or equivalent, to include maths and at least one further STEM-based subject such as science or engineering. Plus 4 GCSEs grade A-C (pre 2017) or grade 4 and above (post 2017) including English and Science.

For further enquiries about helicopter apprenticeships, please call us on 01935 702 897.

Early Careers application process

Stage 1 – Application Form

The first stage of the application process is to complete the application form and upload your CV for the desired role you want to apply for.

Please note: in order to apply for our opportunities, you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business which includes having a minimum of 5 years’ permanent residency in the UK.

Stage 2 – On-Demand Video & Game-based Assessments

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If you pass the Eligibility Questionnaire you will automatically be sent an invitation to complete the on-demand video interview and game-based assessments.

Given the limited roles available and the large numbers of applications we are receiving, we strongly recommend that you complete the following two activities as soon as you receive confirmation of your eligibility.

On Demand Video Interview – You will be asked several competency-based questions, providing you with the opportunity to record a video of yourself answering each one. Some practice questions will get you comfortable with the process and the HireVue platform. Once you have completed the practice questions, you will begin the interview. 

Game-based Assessments – Once you have completed the Video interview, you will complete the game-based assessments, featuring two timed games that you will be scored on.

After completing both sections, you will receive an email thanking you and noting that you will hear from Leonardo soon.

Stage 3 – Interview & Presentations

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If you are successful after the On-demand and Game-based Assessments, you will be contacted to arrange a live interview. During the live interview, you will be asked to complete a presentation which is relevant to the role.

Below is what you will see during the interview process, along with instructions on how to share your screen if you have a PowerPoint that you want to share as part of your presentation.

You will be presented with three options for sharing your screen:

  1. Your entire screen
  2. Application Window
  3. NW.js Tab.

Please click the Application window option and select the correct window to display your presentation.

Stage 4 – Offer

After the interview and presentation, we will provide all candidates with feedback. If you are successful in your application, the Leonardo recruitment team will subsequently contact you to formally offer you the role.

Our early careers opportunities starting in autumn 2023 are now open. Please note that our early careers roles attract a high volume of applicants who are screened on a first come first serve basis. As a result, applications will be closed when each role is filled.

Early Career Opportunities within Leonardo

Early Career Opportunities within Leonardo

Download our Early Careers brochure for information about Leonardo's UK apprenticeships, graduate programme, industrial placements, summer placements and work experience opportunities.