Entrants to the programme, typically aged 16-19 on joining, 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.