Business Apprentice-Material Controller

Job Description:

Leonardo offers a range of Apprenticeships from 2-4yrs. across a variety of STEM and business routes, offering paid training, coupled with on the job learning that enables you to gain practical skills, experience and knowledge that sets up the best start to your career.

Whether leaving School or College with GCSEs/Standards, A ‘Levels/Highers (or equivalent) or in work and looking for a new career path, you are fully supported as you rotate within the business working on real-time projects alongside highly skilled professionals who are passionate about their work.

As you would expect from a globally renowned Company, we offer competitive entry salaries from £14,000 to £20,500pa and fully support your academic learning through to qualifications, so there is no need to get into debt. We support helping you settle into your new location ensuring you are familiar with the team and have a warm welcome from day 1. There is a member of our Apprentice team at each site, helping you progress, ensuring your study time is protected, enabling access to digital learning as well as opportunities to get involved with the local community and STEM projects, enhance many aspects of each programme.

Leonardo values people that look to always develop throughout their career and along with an eager willingness to learn, a successful apprenticeship with us involves a drive to deliver results, sometimes from your own initiative, a patience for problem solving, as well as a need to comply with safety instructions and clear process compliance at all times. We view commitment to programme and learning objectives very highly.

Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection, and sustainable ’smart’ solutions.  We are a continually expanding company, offering exciting opportunities to talented individuals who want to work at the forefront of technology.  We hope that is you and look forward to you joining the team!

What you will do

Leonardo’s two-year Material Controller Business Apprenticeship scheme provides a variety of experiences through placements in business-related disciplines, working on real projects alongside specialists in the world of business. You will rotate around different areas of our hiring functions gaining experience of the different teams and work/projects specific to your department in Edinburgh.

During each placement, you will be working within cutting-edge facilities, learning how the various business areas operate and collaborate together to support projects, discovering how projects are run, managed and delivered, and having opportunities to liaise with customers and suppliers.

Key Responsibilities

We need people who not only understand the importance of fulfilling the needs of our Customers and company business objectives, but who are also ready to embrace an ethos of continuous improvement and personal development through committing to a structured 2-year learning programme. At the end of the programme, you will emerge as a highly qualified member of your team equipped to contribute actively to the success of a variety of world leading projects.

During your apprenticeship, you will study with one of our academic partners to complete a Business Level 3 Apprenticeship. You will achieve this qualification through a combination of day release plus experience in the workplace.

Year 1:

Through a series of rotational placements you will gather real work evidence such as reflective accounts which describe day-to-day tasks you have completed and highlight the key business competencies demonstrated. You will gather this evidence, which demonstrates your development into a well-rounded business person through on-the-job training, gaining the essential practical skills needed to succeed.

Year 2:

Following completion of a number of placements, you will enter a final placement, increasingly focussing on one particular discipline. This targeted learning allows you to build on your skills and knowledge and to develop into a valuable member of the department, and will provide you with the final pieces of evidence required to move into the assessment phase and complete your Apprenticeship.

You will also work towards an SVQ in Business Management which relates to your on site experience

What we are looking for


2 Higher Grades (or equivalent)  Mandatory: (A-C) Mathematics OR (A-C) English 

AND Mandatory: (A-C) Business subject (examples; Business Studies, Project/Business Management, Finance, Accounts etc.) AND

Mandatory:  English and Maths Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5 (A-C)


Please note that in order to apply for this opportunity you must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. Normally this is to the level of Security Check (typically known as “SC”) for our business which includes having a minimum of 5 years permanent residency in the UK.

Leonardo values people who always look to develop throughout their career and along with an eager willingness to learn, a successful apprenticeship with Leonardo involves a drive to deliver results, sometimes from your own initiative, patience and problem solving as well as ensuring safety and process compliance at all times. We also view dependability to the programme and learning objectives very highly.

Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.

  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us
  • Company funded flexible benefits: Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)
  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year
  • Pension: Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)
  • Wellbeing: Employee Assistance Programme with access to free mental health support, financial wellbeing support and network groups to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Reservists, Carers)
  • Lifestyle:  Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme
  • Training: Free access to more than 4000 online courses via Coursera
  • Referral Incentive: You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member
  • Bonus: Scheme in place for all employees at management level and below

The starting salary for this role is £20,000

At Leonardo, we are strongly committed to supporting all our people, and, as society and the environment we work in changes, our approach to Inclusion and Diversity continues to evolve and adapt to reflect this. A culture of inclusion goes on to create an environment for greater collaboration, innovation and opportunities to develop as an organisation. If you are willing and able to commit to giving your best performance, you will find Leonardo a very rewarding place to work! 

Primary Location:

GB - Edinburgh

Contract Type:

Hybrid Working:

 Advanced Apprenticeship
 Published on 09-04-2024
 Deadline NA