Does anyone know which airports in the UK are recruiting at the moment? Or are likely to be in the near future?
Just thinking of a change of scenery after 6years at the same airport.
Valid on tower and radar, would consider anywhere in the uk really.
But I've no idea what the job market is like for atco's these days?
Do NATS still only employ through their own college?
You don't get out much do you?
However, here goes.
Many airports have, or will have impending vacancies but few are willing to to go to the expense of advertising as they either have their own trainees coming through their own training programmes, or they have enough people "on file" (i.e. folk who've applied speculatively) who meet the unit requirements.
If you are really serious about moving on, then send your best CV and a hand written covering letter to the GMATS (by their name, not just their Management position) of every airport you'd like to work at.
I'm not teaching you how to suck eggs when I say that, but you'd be suprised how many people can't be arsed to do so and find out who they're actually writing to and they automatically lose brownie points as a result.
As has been alluded to elsewhere, there's a bit of a battle going between NATS Airport Management and NATS HR.
From my contacts within Senior Level at NATS, Airport GMATS have a good idea of what their professional staffing requirements are for the near future, HR haven't a clue about much apart from number crunching but they currently hold the upper hand. There's no harm in applying to both the Airport GMATS (same rules a above apply) and NATS HR, at least they'll have your details on file.
All I'd say is that, unless you are really unhappy where you are or you really have to move for other reasons, think carefully about where your future may lie.
Unless there are good career reasons and a big salary increase involved which can justify the hassle and move from being a big fish in a small pond to a small chap in a big lake, I can't see the point.
Good luck anyway.