National and Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017

National Apprenticeship Week website and Scottish Apprenticeship Week website ran from 6-10 March 2017, with the aim of raising the profile of apprenticeships and to celebrate the important role they have in equipping people of all ages with the skills that they need to prosper in their lives.


Employers, apprentices, business support organisations, learning providers, colleges and schools across the UK supported the week by hosting activities to showcase the achievements and benefits of apprenticeships. National Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by the Skills Funding Agency, and Scottish Apprenticeship Week is co-ordinated by Skills Development Scotland, with the initiatives including hundreds of events and activities across England and Scotland.


As a large employer of engineering apprentices in the UK – with more than 400 graduates and apprentices in training at different facilities across the country – Leonardo was proud to continue our association with National Apprenticeship Week and Scottish Apprenticeship Week. We played an active role throughout the week in support of these important initiatives. This included engaging with students through apprenticeship days in local schools and running STEM activities.


You can read about some of the young professionals already benefitting from our UK Apprenticeship Scheme, as well as see what opportunities we offer at Leonardo in our dedicated Apprenticeships section.


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Monday 6 March

In Yeovil, one of our apprentices, Thomas Spencer, did a job swap with Leonardo Helicopters Managing Director, John Ponsonby, including Tom hosting a Board meeting and John on a helicopter.


In Edinburgh, we attended SCDI Skills Summit 2017. Our University Liaison & Emerging Technologies Manager, Allan Colquhoun, along with some our apprentices took part in the session entitled 'The need for a lifelong skills focus – employer engagement and work-based learning'.

Tuesday 7 March

Tuesday saw us attending careers fairs across England and Scotland and our apprentices share their college experiences – a key element of their apprenticeship scheme.


In Edinburgh, we also hosted employers to promote apprenticeships in partnership with Scottish Engineering and Skills Development Scotland.

Wednesday 8 March

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, we profiled some of our people who joined the company as apprentices and have gone on to rise to senior roles in the business. #GetInGoFar.


We also shared details of how our apprentices play an active role in supporting our local UK communities, as well as a number of good casues in the sectors in which we work.


In Edinburgh, we hosted schools from the region as our apprenties work with students for will take on our Robot Sumo School STEM Challenge.

Thursday 9 March

In Edinburgh, we hosted some important guests who led discussions on the value of Work Based Learning.


We were also at our Basildon site to meet some apprentices who have worked on our Thermal Camera technology mostly recently seen on the BBC's Planet Earth II and who were helping to promote the benefits of apprenticeship in the local region.

Friday 10 March

It was all about the 'Twitter Takeover' – our apprentices from across England and Scotland were online, answering questions about anything to do with being an apprentice. #AskAnApprentice via @Leonardo_UK.