Leonardo employs around 7,000 people across the UK, 67% of whom hold highly skilled positions. We are one of the UK’s largest employers of engineering apprentices and graduates, investing around £3.5 million on employee training and development annually, and actively support STEM curricula.
Leonardo has six major sites across the UK, each bringing investment into the local economy and wider region through strong links with supply chain companies in the surrounding areas. We spend approximately £650m with around 2,300 companies in our UK supply chain every year.
Leonardo invests around £200m in the UK (around 10% of turnover) in Research and Development each year. This investment in innovation enables us to deliver some of the UK’s most advanced technology programmes such as the new generation radar for the RAF’s Typhoon combat aircraft, Infra-Red cameras and advanced helicopter capabilities.
Leonardo generates exports worth over £1 billion to the UK economy annually. Growing exports from the UK is one of the pillars of Leonardo’s strategy. Our support to UK Armed Forces, who use our systems and platforms on operations, is a significant reference case for our many export customers.