Business Degree Apprentice

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. We offer competitive entry salaries from £14,000 to £20,500pa and fully support your academic learning through to qualifications, with salary increases as you progress.

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. We support helping you settle in to 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.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone looking to gain commercial experience supporting a variety of bids and long term contracts for key programmes, products and customers. 


The Leonardo Business Apprenticeship is structured around a programme of placements that will see you move around the business over a 3.5 year period designed to give you as much experience of and exposure to an international business environment as possible. This will help you identify areas that interest/excite you and also give you a wider understanding of how a global business operates.

For the first two years you will rotate through placements including Procurement, Commercial, Sales, Project Management, Finance and Human Resources. Working within our Integrated Project Teams, you will gain the skills and knowledge to deliver complex projects, utilising strong internal and external customer facing skills to support project execution and delivery within the Electronics line of business. In the third year of your programme you will move into your final placement in an area of the business which plays to your strengths and interests.

You will also attend university on a day release basis to complete your Chartered Manager Apprenticeship (ST0272) which includes a BA (Hons) Business and Management degree. Through your work placements you will record learning activities and evidence to show your competency in set criteria and in your final placement you will complete a project which forms part of your degree.

During your apprenticeship, you will:

  • Grow your knowledge of an engineering business and what the roles of our business support colleagues are by being part of our Integrated Project Teams.
  • Develop key skills in a business support role, understanding key processes and technologies.
  • Support early careers activities - our apprentices have the opportunity to work as STEM ambassadors in schools, colleges and universities



You must have (as a minimum) the following qualifications:

104 UCAS Points from A'Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in Business Related Subjects plus 5 GCSE grades 4 - 9 or grades A*- C or equivalent, to include Maths and English

  • Holds an understanding of basic business finance.

  • Has an understanding of contract law and its application.

  • Has the ability to build effective and strong relationships with cross-functional colleagues, customers and suppliers.

  • Has Microsoft Office knowledge and application of Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

  • Possesses excellent communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Is proactive, tenacious, results driven.

  • Has a desire to learn and improve self.

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.

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.

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 - Luton - Cap. Green 300

Contract Type:

Hybrid Working:


 Degree Apprenticeship
 Published on 06-02-2024
 Deadline NA