Software Engineering Graduate Apprenticeship

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.

How this role fits in

Leonardo’s four-year Software Engineering Apprenticeship scheme at Edinburgh (leading to Graduate Level) is looking for people who understand the importance of communication, who are able to work well as part of a team and also on their own initiative. You will have the drive and commitment to work through difficult problems to find the right engineering solutions. You will study for completion of a BSc (Hons) in Software Development for Business through a mixture of work based learning and day release at University. You will gain the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer as part of the way to gaining Chartered Engineer status.

Role description

You will learn to programme and how to design, integrate and test high-integrity software through a combination of University teaching and work-based learning.  You will be given experience of all stages of the software development lifecycle and an awareness of other engineering departments who support the software engineers. Subjects will include: hardware-software interface, data communication, networking and security, software configuration and release management; and subjects in business, personal skills and project management.

You must be interested in IT and have a technical aptitude in software development, maybe gained through a hobby, designing an App/website or through programming. At the end of the programme, you will work as a highly qualified member of our Software community developing software for technically advanced avionics systems such as the radar for the Typhoon jet.

Who would suit this role?

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 very little software knowledge and is NOT suitable for candidates who already have a computing or software degree.

Key Responsibility Areas

During the teaching semesters, you will be required to attend University classes, seminars and labs on one day a week and, in addition, will be allowed another day to complete University projects and assignments.

Attendance at University classes is mandatory, and must be treated in the same way as any other working day.

You will:

  • Learn to design high integrity software and to program in C++

  • Practice the full software lifecycle

  • Attain a BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business degree

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

  • Annual incremental pay increases

  • Generous holiday entitlement and flexible working arrangements

  • Contributory pension scheme

  • Cycle to Work initiative

  • Employee discounts with selected suppliers (including gym membership)

  • Discounted coffee bar & restaurants at each site

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required


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

5 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBBC

  • Mandatory: Mathematics

  • Preferably including Physics and Computing


National 5: (A-C) in English (or equivalent qualifications to Highers / Standard Grades).

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 - Edinburgh

Contract Type:


Hybrid Working:


 Advanced Apprenticeship
 Published on 06-02-2024
 Deadline NA