Machinist Engineering Craft Apprentice

Leonardo – Società per azioni · Competitive · Luton
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Our Craft Machining 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 Machinist, trained to on the different machines with apprentices learning how to set up and operate each one. During the final year of the four year apprenticeship, the apprentice would move into a final placement based on the skills displayed during the 3 years on site.

Programme Description

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 Craft Machining 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

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.

The structure of the Apprenticeship programme will be as follows:

  • Year 1: Full time at Yeovil College to complete a Level 2 Vocational qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (practical/workshop based) and a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Machining (knowledge/classroom based). 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 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the Level 3 Diploma in Machining qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
  • Year 3: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to continue the Level 3 Diploma in Machining qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
  • Year 4: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (5 days per week) and completing the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Apprentices will work towards becoming a skilled machinist on completion of their apprenticeship. Post-apprenticeship there are possibilities to progress through the grading structure and adopt additional responsibilities.

Throughout the apprenticeship apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas within the Transmissions Centre of Excellence:

  • Gear Shop: This area manufactures the internal gear components for aircraft gearboxes. The components travel through a number of different processes, each machine would cover a different part of the manufacturing process. The work in this area is completed on various lathes (CNC & conventional lathes) and is highly tolerance critical.
  • Machine shop: This area primarily focuses on the manufacture/finishing of Gearbox housing & ancillary components for aircraft gearboxes (i.e. drive shafts, etc.).

Leonardos four-year Craft Machining 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

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.

The structure of the Apprenticeship programme will be as follows:

  • Year 1: Full time at Yeovil College to complete a Level 2 Vocational qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (practical/workshop based) and a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Machining (knowledge/classroom based). 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 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to start the Level 3 Diploma in Machining qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
  • Year 3: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (4 days per week) and continuing the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering. Attend Yeovil College (1 day per week) to continue the Level 3 Diploma in Machining qualification (this includes mathematics to AS/A2 level).
  • Year 4: Work placements at Leonardo Helicopters (5 days per week) and completing the Level 3 Vocational (work related) qualification in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering.

Apprentices will work towards becoming a skilled machinist on completion of their apprenticeship. Post-apprenticeship there are possibilities to progress through the grading structure and adopt additional responsibilities.

Throughout the apprenticeship apprentices will be placed in some or all of the following departmental areas within the Transmissions Centre of Excellence:

  • Gear Shop: This area manufactures the internal gear components for aircraft gearboxes. The components travel through a number of different processes, each machine would cover a different part of the manufacturing process. The work in this area is completed on various lathes (CNC & conventional lathes) and is highly tolerance critical.
  • Machine shop: This area primarily focuses on the manufacture/finishing of Gearbox housing & ancillary components for aircraft gearboxes (i.e. drive shafts, etc.).

The work in this area is completed on various lathes, but the range of machines differs from the Gear Shop (Multi Axis machine centers to smaller more conventional machinery) and is also highly tolerance critical - requiring high attention to detail.

What we are looking for

Desired skills:

  • Practical hands-on engineering skills (though these will be developed)
  • Interest in engineering and aircraft
  • Adaptability
  • Confidence
  • Team Work
  • Time Management
  • Proactivity
  • Attention to detail

Personal qualities:

  • 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

Qualifications required:

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.

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