Do you have a passion for engineering?
Leonardo’s work experience programmes offer a range of activities for students at our sites across the UK. Our programmes provide students with an invaluable insight into the varied career options that can be explored from studying STEM-related subjects.
From a day’s overview of the company, to a week exploring the diversity of engineering, we want to challenge your perceptions about the working environment, show you how working as a team to meet a challenge can be fun, and help you discover your potential.
To find out more about all our latest work experience opportunities across the UK, click on the tabs below.
(For those looking for placements to complement degree level education, please visit our Internships section.)
Occasionally we have non-STEM-related work experience available with our site support functions. Please check the tabs below for opportunities at each site.
Are you interested in spending a week at the UK’s leading helicopter manufacturer?
Leonardo’s Helicopter division offers a unique opportunity for both GCSE and A-Level students to gain an insight into the design and build of Helicopters at our Yeovil site.
A week’s work experience will consist of a mixture of practical and theoretical activities which are designed to give students an overall understanding of engineering and business skills. Previous participants have loved the week. Here’s what some of them said:
- “It has been very informative and good fun at the same time.”
- “It has made me want to further pursue a career in aviation.”
- “A really interesting week, where I learnt about a range of things I wasn’t fully aware of.”
- “It has helped me learn about different types of engineering.”
- “A very fun and enjoyable week, I would recommend it to anyone interested in engineering.”
The week is not only full of fun and informative activities aimed to challenge and inspire you, but it also looks great on your CV!
By participating in our helicopter work experience, you also automatically achieve the silver Industrial Cadet Award. Inspired by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, the award to provides skills-based school engagement and work experience to encourage young people to consider a STEM-related career. For more information about the Industrial Cadets visit the award website.
The application process for Yeovil roles in 2019 is now closed. Please check back in autumn 2019 for work experience opportunities during summer 2020.
At our Electronic Warfare centre of excellence in Luton, we offer week long, work experience placements for GCSE and A-Level students who show an interest and an aptitude in science and engineering.
The week is not only aimed to challenge and inspire you, but it also looks great on your CV, as well as an opportunity to make an impression within the company.
Successful applicants will undertake a series of inter-linked projects that challenge students to design, build and test an electronic product to meet a set of customer requirements. This allows students to experience the processes involved in engineering, tailored to suit their current level of study, and resulting in the creation of a product that they can take home!
Through this integrated programme, we’ve made work experience more engaging, interesting and have been able to demonstrate the breadth and depth of exciting engineering going on at our company. But don’t take our word for it… here is what some of our previous students have said:
- "I could not have asked for a more enjoyable and enlightening week."
- “Each day presented us with real tasks and objectives.”
- “I found it a really great opportunity to find out the different types of jobs people with engineering degrees can go into.”
We accept work experience applications for Luton throughout the year. If you are interested in taking up a work experience opportunity with Leonardo, the best approach is to speak directly with your school or college who will be able to connect with one of our STEM ambassadors.
At our Basildon site, our week long work experience offers students the chance to undertake practical projects across engineering departments, giving an insight into bulding an MP3, designing apps, understanding the mechanics of radios, soldering and thermal imaging.
The application process for Basildon roles in 2019 is now closed. Please check back in autumn 2019 for work experience opportunities during summer 2020.
If you are interested in taking up a work experience opportunity with Leonardo, the best approach is to speak directly with your school or college who will be able to connect with one of our STEM ambassadors.
The Edinburgh site has a long tradition of creating the right environment to let talent thrive and grow – in fact some of our former Apprentices have gone on to become senior business leaders within our organisation. Our Edinburgh site has received the Investors in People Gold standard and Investors in Young People Gold Award, due to its ongoing investment in the next generation of talent.
It is our apprentices themselves who have created the Edinburgh site’s immersive work experience programme based on detailed feedback they received from young people on what they’d like to experience.
- Would you like to know what it is like to be a business manager, working in a real business for a week with targets, challenges and goals?
- Would you be up to the challenge of taking on a project, then reporting your progress at the end of the week to senior managers?
Our Edinburgh work experience programme offers you a fun, exciting challenge that will leave you with hands-on experience of working on a real project that allows you to develop your skills.
Each school student who joins our work experience programme is assigned a special role which they take charge of over the week, while receiving support and encouragement from our team of Apprentices and Graduates. We offer a practical activity packed week, which will raise your awareness of all the different types of jobs there are in a hi-tech engineering Company like Leonardo. You’ll learn how to use detail drawings, 3D modelling and 3D printing processes and we’ll give you an overview of our technology to bring the world of engineering to life so you can see how it is applied in the real world.
At the end of the week, you will be asked to deliver a group presentation to a panel of senior Leonardo managers on your project. Feedback from previous participants confirms that our programme is not only a fun roller coaster ride of technology and knowledge, with the chance to work as part of a team, but that you also get the chance to build your professional presentations skills in a real work environment.
The application process for Edinburgh roles in 2019 is now closed. Please check back in autumn 2019 for work experience opportunities during summer 2020.