Employer profile


Updated: May, 2018

About Leonardo

Leonardo is the largest inward investor in the UK defence sector, the largest Italian inward investor to the UK, and one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD.

The company generates exports worth around £1.3bn to the UK economy every year.

Our long-term investment in emerging technologies and subsequent development of intellectual property in the UK is achieving export success and delivering huge economic benefits back into the UK, enabling investment in highly skilled jobs and helping to rebalance the UK’s economy.


Building skills for the future

Leonardo employs 7,400 people throughout the UK, 67% of whom hold highly skilled positions.

We are one of the largest employers of engineering apprentices and graduates in the UK, with some 415 people on undergraduate, graduate and apprentice training programmes. Our apprenticeship programme was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.

In the UK Leonardo spends around £3.5 million on employee training and development annually, providing young people with the opportunity to gain qualifications through on-the job training, whilst simultaneously undertaking academic study.

Leonardo is a member of the 5% Club, through which the company has committed to deliver 5% of its UK workforce on graduate and apprentice programmes within five years. We are proud to be exceeding this target, with 9% of the workforce currently on graduate and apprentice programmes.

Leonardo actively supports education and skills development through partnerships with schools, colleges and universities throughout the country, investing substantially in school engagement and supporting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) curriculums.

Leonardo is committed to maintaining a skilled and diverse workforce and recognises the need to expand the UK’s pool of engineering resources. We are focussed on encouraging females into technology and engineering – in schools, through university, and into working life, actively supporting initiatives such as the governments’ Your Life’ campaign, part of a national effort to encourage greater participation amongst young people, particularly women, in STEM.

Leonardo’s Electronics, Defence & Security Systems Divisions were first to achieve the Investors in Young People (IIYP) Gold accreditation, across the engineering and aerospace sectors, reflecting the company’s commitment to supporting young peoples’ educational development

Leonardo’s growth in the UK has resulted from the skills, energy and dedication of our people. We are committed to equal opportunity and offering personal fulfilment through the highest quality education and development.

Leonardo’s growing national and international footprint offers real depth of capability – with over 7,400 employees in the UK and 47,000 worldwide, we have the global resources to deliver. By instilling the importance of engineering in younger generations, we nurture the talent of tomorrow and help guarantee our future business prosperity.

Looking to the future, Leonardo aims to reinforce its competitive position in the UK and its other markets. To meet this challenge, the company needs qualified people with the will to succeed and contribute to satisfy domestic and international needs, and stay at the forefront of innovation and technology.

Developing graduates and apprentices

Leonardo prides itself on recruiting the very best. We run award-winning graduate and apprentice schemes for some 415 young people nationwide. Boasting a current retention rate that has seen 95% of apprentices stay with our companies at the end of their schemes, Leonardo understands that the future of its high-tech business rests in the hands of the next generation of engineers.

The Leonardo National Apprentice Scheme has been awarded the grade of ‘Outstanding' by OFSTED.

A multi award-winning company

The company is always working on improving its policies and procedures to ensure that our employees are satisfied and fulfil their potential.

Work sectors

transport and logistics, engineering and manufacturing


Basildon, Bristol, Edinburgh, Luton, Southampton

Similar employers