As a large technologically innovative company, the key to our success is the passion of our people. Each year we seek to recruit enthusiastic people who are willing to drive change and innovate. Your talent and energy are essential to the future of our business to continue evolving in the competitive market and to ensure we meet our customers’ needs.


Our graduate training programmes have been designed to support your first steps after leaving university and to help you develop your career. Through a comprehensive induction programme, you will have the chance to gain a complete picture of the organisation and be involved in real challenges from day one.


For more information, visit our Leonardo in the UK website.


Please click on the relevant tab below for details of the graduate opportunities available within our Electronics or Helicopters divisions.


Electronics, Defence and Security Systems

Our two-year Electronics, Defence & Security Systems graduate programme is designed for individuals who are passionate about realising their full potential and who have achieved (or predicted to achieve) a 2:1 or higher in degrees relating to Engineering (electrical, electronic, mechanical, systems, aerospace, software, aeronautical), Maths, Physics, Computer Science or in any number of business-related degrees.


We are continually looking for applications from self-starter graduates with ambition and drive, who are capable of delivering and working as part of a team, whilst equally being capable of independent working.


Applications for the graduate programme closed on 28 April 2017.


Our two-year programme allows graduates to complete several 3-6 month placements, designed to provide practical experience within the organisation. Graduates complete a number of development activities which aim to ensure smooth integration into the company, whilst providing essential skills, knowledge and networking opportunities.


Applications for the graduate programme closed on 30 April 2017.


Entry Requirements

Successful candidates will have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline and will be able to demonstrate technical knowledge and the behaviours required to ensure future success, identified by a rigorous selection process.


Applicants for places on the Engineering programme will preferably have gained a Masters level degree.


  Download the Helicopters Graduates Brochure for further information about the programme.


Frequently Asked Questions about our graduate programme


Award-winning Graduate

Mechanical Engineer, Allan Speed, was awarded several prizes at his graduation from Edinburgh Napier University in July 2016.


Having originally joined Leonardo as an apprentice, Allan graduated with a First Class Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. At the ceremony, he was awarded with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Prize and the University Class Medal. The IET prize is made all the more prestigious by the fact that only one of these prizes is allocated to each University.


The annual IET Prize is awarded to outstanding students who are undergoing or have completed a course of study which has been accredited by the IET. Prize winners are nominated by each approved university on the basis of having shown distinction in a specified stage of a course leading to the award of a first class degree. One nomination is available per IET accredited university.


In addition, the Class Medal is only given to those who demonstrate exceptional achievements on their individual Programme of Study.


Responding to Allan’s awards, Robert Mountford, Mechanical Engineering Lead at Leonardo, said: "Allan Speed is an example of what we hope to achieve from our apprenticeship schemes. He has grown with the company and is now a highly regarded mechanical engineer. The apprenticeship gives these guys an excellent all round understanding of what we do with regard to products, skills and competencies. This allows the individual to develop on the job while gaining the relevant qualifications for their chosen profession. Mechanical Engineering has found that 'growing our own' through graduates and apprentices is the best way to recruit for the future. Allan is now going on to a Masters programme that will accelerate him to his next goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer with the IMechE."


Allan Colquhoun, Leonardo's University Liaison and Emerging Technologies Manager, said: "Allan has put in a tremendous amount of hard work, with more to come for his Masters in Advanced Mechanical Engineering at Heriot Watt University."