Software Engineering Graduate Apprentice

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK), [000913]

Field(s) of expertise
Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

Leonardo – Engineering the Future

Looking for a great start to your career in technology, earning and learning on a professionally accredited, award-winning scheme that leads to a Degree?

We are looking to recruit the technical and business experts of the future through our outstanding Apprenticeship Programmes.

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 on a day release basis whilst you are at work. You will gain the academic requirements for Incorporated Engineer as part of the way to gaining Chartered Engineer status.

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, system 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.

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 first two years of your employment, you will be required to spend up to two days a week on-campus during the two teaching semesters and up to one day a week during the summer semesters and throughout the last two years. Attendance at University classes is mandatory, and must be treated in the same way as any other working day.

Study will include standard classroom sessions taught by academics and industry experts, computer lab sessions, online blended learning modules, and medium and large sized work-contextualised industrial projects, as appropriate. 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


Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

Academic Requirements:

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

5 Higher Grades (or equivalent): BBBBC

  • Mandatory: Mathematics
  • Preferably including Physics and Computing


  • Standard Grades (1-3) / National 5: (A-C)  in English

(or equivalent qualifications to Highers / Standard Grades).

Additional requirements:

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.

What’s in it for me?

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
  • 33 days holiday and flexible working arrangements
  • Pension scheme (Contributory)
  • Cycle to Work initiative

What are you waiting for?

A career in the defence industry rewards over 162,000 people and generates a £22billion turnover. Come and be a part of a community and work with some of the most talented engineers in the UK on some of the most exciting projects around.

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