Software Engineering Degree Apprentice

Job Description:

Our Apprentice Opportunities

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.

Job Description

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.

Our scheme offers paid training split between attendances at one of our partner universities coupled with on the job learning. This enables you to gain practical skills, experience and knowledge that sets up the best start to your career.


We hope that is you and look forward to you joining the team!

Key Responsibility Areas

As a Software Engineering Degree apprentice you will spend the duration of your 3.5 year programme rotating through different projects to learn about Software engineering, the engineering lifecycle and developing your practical engineering skills.  You will be working with our experienced software engineers within our Integrated Project Teams to design and test new and existing products, using your new skills to solve problems, generate new ideas and support the development of the next generation of EW products.

You will also attend university on a day release basis to complete your Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship (ST0119) which includes a BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions (Software Engineer) degree. Through your work placements you will record learning activities and evidence to show your competency in set criteria and in your final year 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 role of a Software Engineer is by being part of our Integrated Project Teams.
  • Develop practical skills in engineering and understanding key processes and technologies.
  • Support early careers activities - our apprentices have the opportunity to work as STEM ambassadors in schools, colleges and universities

How will we support you?

Leonardo values people with a passion for technical analysis, judgement and problem-solving. We reward commitment with a competitive remuneration and flexible benefits package including: 

  • Competitive starting salary & relocation allowance (subject to eligibility)

  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements

  • Contributory pension scheme

  • Private healthcare options

  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)

  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site

  • Free on-site parking 

Qualifications and entry Criteria

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.

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 For a full list of our Company benefits please visit our website.

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!  

Primary Location:

GB - Luton - Cap. Green 300

Additional Locations:

GB - Lincoln

Contract Type:

Hybrid Working:


 Degree Apprenticeship
 Published on 06-02-2024
 Deadline NA