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About Leonardo

Company HQ location: London, Greater London

Other locations: Basildon, Essex;

Industry: Engineering & manufacturing

No of employees: 45000

Our company in a nutshell

Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security.

Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees. The Company has a significant industrial presence in four domestic markets (Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States and Poland) as well as strategic partnerships in the most important high potential international markets.

A global high-tech player in Aerospace, Defence and Security, Leonardo employs around 7,000 people at six major sites throughout the UK, 67% of who hold highly skilled positions.

Our growth in the UK has resulted from the skills, energy and dedication of our people. We are therefore committed to maintaining a skilled and diverse workforce and offering personal fulfilment through the highest quality education and development.

At Leonardo, we have some of the industry’s most sophisticated technology at our fingertips, and we rely on having the very best employees to maintain our competitive edge. Each year we offer a range of graduate, apprenticeship and placement opportunities on our award winning development programmes across a range of engineering, business and cyber disciplines.

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 high-tech business to continue evolving in the competitive market and to ensure we meet our customers’ needs. All our opportunities for undergraduates provide practical experience and development in a supportive environment.

Life at Leonardo for graduates

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. You will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, while always being encouraged to use your initiative.

Leonardo’s two-year Graduate Development Programme (GDP) provides young professionals with the best possible start to their career, excellent prospects and great development opportunities. We offer an exciting accelerated programme specifically tailored for graduates, across both technical and non-technical functions.

As one of our graduates, you will be working for a company at the cutting-edge of technology, as well as enhancing your skills and business acumen, opening up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your degree can be used.

You will also earn a competitive starting salary and receive a welcome payment, with three performance-related salary reviews during the two years. Leonardo also provides generous temporary accommodation assistance to help with settling in.

All new graduates undertake a Leonardo orientation event, before taking up challenging roles within the business. As well as supporting you through career development leading to accreditation and membership of professional institutions, you will take part in a continuous and comprehensive training programme.

Company Values

Rights and sustainability

We do business in a sustainable manner, with a continued commitment to economic and social development and the protection of human health and the environment.

Internationality and multiculturalism

We operate worldwide and we respect the culture of every country.

Innovation and expertise

We aim for continuous technological progress, through the creation and implementation of cutting edge solutions.

Ethics and respect

We work in an honest, loyal and reliable manner, in full compliance with the rules.

Expertise and merit

We support the professional growth of our people and reward those who seek and foster the company's success.

Case studies


Graduate Firmware Engineer

"I enjoy working at Leonardo as the work is interesting and challenging."


International Government Business Unit Graduate

"I chose to join Leonardo because of the international profile of the company."


Graduate Systems Engineer

"I enjoy working here because every day I spend my time working as part of a team to tackle cutting-edge technical challenges that are complex and varied."




It's been great to have the opportunity to work on a number of projects across the scheme. I want to experience as much of the company as possible, as well as develop my engineering knowledge of the aircraft during my time of the graduate scheme. This will greatly benefit my development and progression within Leonardo.



A graduate scheme has been an excellent way of getting exposed as many opportunities as possible. These have enabled technical and personal development opportunities that would not have been available to me without undertaking a position on a graduate development programme.



I enjoy working at Leonardo as I have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects and Company initiatives, as well as being able to develop both myself and my career. The Graduate Development Programme is great for developing softer skills, whilst being able to develop our technical and professional skills through day-to-day work.

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