Software Degree Apprentice (Level 6)

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.

Are you looking for a career in software engineering and the opportunity to work on real-time projects alongside leading scientists and engineers within a globally renowned company? Then why not apply for the Leonardo Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship.  

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 we need from you:

Leonardo values people that look to always 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, 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 the programme and learning objectives very highly.

Note: This Apprenticeship assumes the candidate has little professional engineering experience and is NOT suitable for candidates who already have an engineering, software or computing degree.

During your employment, you will be required to share your time between the workplace and university.  You will:

  • Grow your knowledge of software engineering as you rotate through different parts of the business working within our Integrated Project Teams.

  • Develop practical skills in software engineering design and development for complex systems.

  • Build an understanding of key software engineering processes and technologies.

  • Support early careers activities - our apprentices and graduates have the opportunity to work as STEM ambassadors in schools, colleges and universities

  • Commit to the successful completion of all your academic modules and assignments in support of a recognised Level 6 Apprenticeship standard.


You must have as a minimum:

104 UCAS Points to include at least 2 STEM subjects (3 C's at A' Level or T Level core pass C or equivalent qualification)

Plus 5 GCSE grades 9-4 / A* - C or equivalent, must include Maths. English and a Science

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.

  • Pension: Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)

  • Holidays: 25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year

  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities please talk to us

  • Wellbeing: Employee Assistance Programme, access to Mental Health support, Financial wellbeing support, network groups (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Reservists, Carers)

  • Lifestyle: Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme

  • Company funded flexible benefits: Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)

  • 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 £20,500

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!  

 Degree Apprenticeship
 Published on 06-02-2024
 Deadline NA