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Leonardo-Finmeccanica is a global high-tech player in Aerospace, Defence and Security. With headquarters in Italy and over 47,000 employees, Leonardo-Finmeccanica has a consolidated industrial presence in four main markets (Italy, the UK, the U.S. and Poland), and an important network of strategic partnerships in the main high potential markets worldwide.

In January 2016 the activities of AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex ES, OTO Melara and WASS were absorbed into one company and on 28 April 2016, Finmeccanica became Leonardo.

Leonardo now operates in four sectors – Helicopters; Aeronautics; Electronics, Defence & Security Systems; Space – and is organised into seven Divisions (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Airborne & Space Systems, Land & Naval Defence Electronics, Defence Systems, Security & Information Systems). It also maintains Parent Company and Corporate Centre functions for the following subsidiaries and joint ventures: DRS Technologies, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space, MBDA and ATR.

Leonardo prides itself on working closely with customers to deliver innovative solutions through the application of advanced technology. It employs 47,000 people worldwide, offering many exciting careers opportunities through its award winning apprenticeship and graduate schemes.

The company has a range of business and engineering opportunities across its sites including systems, software, microwave, supportability, mechanical, and hardware engineering roles. For engineering roles, a degree in electrical or electronic engineering is preferable, though the business employ graduates with degrees ranging from aeronautical engineering to physics.

Leonardo’s two-year Graduate Development Framework (GDF) provides graduates with the best possible start to their career, excellent prospects and great development opportunities. The company offers an exciting accelerated programme specifically tailored for graduates, across both technical and non-technical functions. Placing an emphasis on the importance of providing continuous training and opportunities for career development within a transnational company, you will undertake development through local and internationally based modules.

In addition to the schedule of training activities, there are ongoing opportunities for stretch assignments, projects and activities throughout the two years. These include working with pupils from local schools under the Education Liaison strategy and going to universities across the UK to attend career fairs and employer presentations on behalf of the company. These experiences all add to the first class, on-the-job training that makes the GDF interesting, diverse and challenging.

Leonardo relies on having the very best employees to maintain its competitive edge and has some of the industry’s most sophisticated technology at its fingertips. As one of its graduates, you will not only be working for a company at the cutting-edge of technology, you will also be enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

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Leonardo-Finmeccanica is a global high-tech player in Aerospace, Defence and Security. It is one of the biggest suppliers of defence equipment to the UK MoD employing over 7,300 people. The company is also one of the largest employers of engineering apprentices and graduates in the UK, with some 350 people on undergraduate, graduate and apprentice training programmes.

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