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Trainee Air Traffic Controller
Our Trainee Air Traffic Controller Recruitment is now open!
Do you have what it takes to be one of our Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs), controlling aircraft at some of the world's busiest airports and in one of the most complex pieces of airspace in the world?
Being an ATCO involves a very specific range of skills.
So what exactly will you do as an Air Traffic Controller (ATCO)? Well, essentially, you’ll be responsible for controlling aircraft in UK airspace. So you’ll need to balance issues of safety – which are our primary concern – with other aspects, such as ensuring planes arrive and depart on time. That’s why we look for people with maturity, dedication and common sense. People who have the wherewithal to make the most of our comprehensive training and carve out a successful and rewarding future for themselves.
Qualifications & Skills Required
Our controllers are at the heart of our business. They issue instructions and information to pilots by radio to keep air traffic flying safely, efficiently and quickly.
Our ATCOs come from all kinds of backgrounds. Some have joined us straight from school, college, university, while others have worked in office-based roles, customer service, retail. In reality, you can come from any background as it’s your skills and competencies that really count.
We’ll also expect you to have at least five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade C or above, including English and Maths, and be over the age of 18 on application
Because it's a 24 hour business, our controllers, as well as some of our engineers and assistants, work in shifts. They have to deal with one of the most complex pieces of airspace in the world, and work at some of the world's busiest airports. To enable this we offer first class training and they are rewarded with first class terms and conditions.
The role of a TATC is a mobile grade so you can be posted anywhere in the country after completing your training.
By visiting the NATS website you can learn more about these, the role and what you’ll get in terms of benefits and training, as well as getting the lowdown on things like eligibility. You’ll also find a frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) section and some games for you to play so you can test your skills.
To apply, visit the NATS website. We look forward to receiving your application soon!