Our Composites Craft Apprenticeship Programme caters for those who are interested in the hands on elements of engineering. Over the 4-year programme you will be trained to become a Composites Fitter, trained in the manufacturing and testing composite components such as helicopter blades and working in the Dynamic Composite Components centre, in manufacturing and clean room environments.
Looking for a great start to your career in technology, earning and learning on a professionally accredited, award-winning scheme? We are looking to recruit the experts of the future on our nationally recognised, award-winning Apprenticeship Programme.
The organisation has a long history of training apprentices, and also evidence of progression of apprentices post completion of their schemes into senior and critical roles. Apprentices have gone on to reach the highest levels in the Company - to management level and beyond!
Leonardos four-year Composites Craft Apprenticeship provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities. By the end of the scheme trainees will have completed a Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing, as well as a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.
What you will do
Composites Engineering Apprentices will work towards becoming a skilled Composites Fitter on completion of their apprenticeship. Post-apprenticeship there are possibilities to progress through the grading structure and adopt additional responsibilities.
The composites apprenticeship is based within the Dynamics Composites Centre (DCC), which is the area that manufactures blades for many of the Leonardo Helicopters aircraft, including military, civil and VVIP aircraft. The blades are manufactured from the raw material (pre-preg laminates, Nomex honeycomb, etc.).
Throughout the apprenticeship, apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas, each placement having a variety of responsibilities.The Apprenticeship will start with an Induction into Leonardo, followed by a team building event at an offsite location (incorporating all Trainee starts). There will also be a Yeovil College Induction to ensure that apprenticeship requirements and expectations are fully established.
Working with world-leading specialists, you will increase your technical skills and capability, and develop your academic and practical understanding of the diverse world that is manufacturing & supply chain.
- Year 1: Full time at Yeovil College to complete a Level 2 Competence qualification in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (practical/workshop based) and a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering (knowledge/classroom based). There will also be some Enrichment activity during this year. Post-Christmas, there is a possibility of working on-site in your placement at Leonardo Helicopters for 1 day a week.
- Year 2: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and starting the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing.
- Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
- Year 3: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing.
- Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to continue the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
- Year 4: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (5 days per week) and completing the Level 3 Competence (work related) qualification in Aerospace Manufacturing.
During years 2, 3 & 4, apprentices will follow a structured placement programme designed to ensure broad practical experience is gained in the required competences. Apprentices will work with skilled fitters in each work placement to learn the required skills.
Each Apprentice on this route will need to complete an End Point Assessment as defined in the Apprenticeship Standard, this will take place in the final months of the program.
What we are looking for
- Practical hands-on engineering skills (though these will be developed)
- Interest in engineering and aircraft
- Team Work
- Time Management
- Attention to detail
- Personal responsibility, resilience and ethics. Ability to be able to comply with health and safety guidance and procedures, be disciplined and have a responsible approach to risk.
- Work diligently at all times, accept responsibility for managing time and workload and stay motivated and committed when facing challenges.
- Work effectively and Integrate with the team, consider implications of their actions on other people and the business
- Effective communication and interpersonal skills, able to listen to others and have a positive and respectful attitude
- Focus on quality and problem solving. Follow instructions and guidance, demonstrates attention to detail, follow a logical approach to problem solving and seek opportunities to improve quality, speed and efficiency
- Continuous personal development. Reflect on skills, knowledge and behaviours and seeks opportunities to develop, adapt to different situations, environments or technologies and have a positive attitude to feedback and advice
4 GCSEs at a minimum of a C/4 (including Maths*, English and Science), along with an interest in hands-on engineering. These grades are non-negotiable.