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NATS interview process

Old 3rd Jun 2013, 09:48
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I'm going to Swanwick for stage 2 on the 6th June. Anyone else going on this date?
I'm gonna go on the 5th . Know any good and cheap hotels nearby?

Mate, check your dates. Stage 2 is on the 5th, in two day's time - if you go a day early, you'll need to go tomorrow.

As for hotels, the cheapest is the Premier Inn near Swanwick train station, which is the closest you'll get to the CTC, given the Solent is fully booked on the 4th (I wonder why).
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Old 4th Jun 2013, 01:20
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Thanks for the heads up, but my date is definitelly on the 6th...!
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 19:14
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So how are people finding the new and improved stage two?
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Old 7th Jun 2013, 05:49
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word on the street is that this lot are very well organised and always come out looking good against competitors. www.resourcetraining.co.uk hope that helps enjoy.....YSB.

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Old 7th Jun 2013, 23:37
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Red face new process ?

Hi Everyone!

Would someone please be able to give me detail of the new process as I took this test back in 2011 and after reading many posts it seems like a lot has changed since then. I am hoping to apply by next week!
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Old 10th Jun 2013, 17:56
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extra reading

Hi Guys,

I've just been notified about my stage 2 assessment and I have opted for June 21st, just under 2 weeks away.

Can anyone suggest useful sites for extra reading on the airline industry? I would like to familiarise myself a bit more with the industry before I turn up at NATS headquarters.


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Old 10th Jun 2013, 23:02
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If you are really bored check this site, sections 1 to 4.
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Old 10th Jun 2013, 23:09
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Hello mate,
Really gald to hear that someone has made it through to the course. I'm invited to the assessment day I'm learning everything they have given me to read it. I'm really interested in joining the course and I'm confident about the test paper but in doubt about the FEAST and DART test as I have never ever heard about it before and I don't have a slight clue of what to expect. Could you please please help me with it. Like what sort of computer test is it going to be what did you do in your time.
Thanks mate
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Old 11th Jun 2013, 20:09
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Thanks Risky.
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Old 22nd Jun 2013, 15:34
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level 2 finished

So I had my assessment day yesterday. Really enjoyed it. I got a real buzz and thrill from completing all the tests... and there are lotttts!!

Only 5 people in our group and only one progressed to the afternoon DART test... me!!!

I think I did ok but I will find out soon enough if I am selected for phase 3.

Wish me luck!
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Old 23rd Jun 2013, 12:00
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Join Date: Feb 2010
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Apologies if this has been covered but I couldn't find it.

I'm looking at timescale, essentially my employers are very understanding and flexible, and will accommodate me going to the assessment days etc, assuming I get that far.
But hypothetically if I get through all the assessment phases, what sort of time frame is there between the "congratulations we would like to offer you a place at the college..." Email and actually starting the training? Ie how long do I have to give a decent notice at work?
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Old 23rd Jun 2013, 12:16
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It all depends on when the next space on a course is. It could be a month, to 6-12 months. It all depends on that mainly. NATS are fairly accomodating if you say you can't start on Course X, but I can start on Course Y. It's nothing to really worry about to be fair.
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Old 23rd Jun 2013, 13:50
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I am waiting for a start date and have been told the next course will be in Jan 2014 if that helps.
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Old 23rd Jun 2013, 17:26
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Great thanks guys. So it's worth going through the process, and then at least you know whether you're in or not!
And what about security checks how long does that take? And what's involved? I guess anti terrorism checks etc? And a crb? I gather there's three different types, basic standard and enhanced, which type do they do as I'm sure that will have an affect on time too?
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Old 23rd Jun 2013, 17:58
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Security checks can take a while, but they will allow you to start your training conditionally until your checks come back. I think mine took about 6 months, and I'd been at the college for just under that! Yes, there is a CTC involved. It's the medical that's the important one; as long as it doesn't throw up anything that could cause problems you'll be allowed to start, but you can't start without a valid medical certificate. As has been said, the time between and acceptance is dependent on when the next course is, and how many spaces they have left to fill. They will probably ask you when's the earliest you can start, and it's best to be honest because they will take you up on it if they can!
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Old 30th Jun 2013, 20:36
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Join Date: Jun 2013
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Hi all,

I have in the last 10mins done my stage 1 online assessment. I loaded up the diagrammatic reasoning test and on the first page caught my track pad making the page go back! I didnt even do the example questions. Does anybody know anybody who has done this and if so was their test reset?

I have emailed the support email address and will ring first thing tomorrow morning.

Obviously at the minute I am just absolutely gutted!

Any advice would be great,

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Old 1st Jul 2013, 15:14
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Join Date: Jun 2013
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start date

I completed stage 2 a week ago and was told the same as Jof, currently recruiting for a january start date. Hoping to hear this week if I passed the DART test.
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Old 1st Jul 2013, 22:32
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Join Date: May 2013
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Strange that it says on the NATS site that places are still available for October?!
TriniDan and Jof - was Oct ever offered to you folks at all?
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Old 2nd Jul 2013, 04:54
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Join Date: Mar 2010
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I passed my interview last October but I am in the military so I had to serve a very long notice period. I had a direct email from HR telling me that there would not be a course in Aug or Nov like I expected. It then said that the next course was in Jan so I should plan on starting then.


Good luck with your result for stage 2.


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Old 4th Jul 2013, 13:37
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Thanks Jof, I got my notification today that I passed stage 2! So I'm now waiting to receive dates for stage 3.

bigmak, January is what I was told by the invigilator at stage 2 when I asked her about the start date. Perhaps if I pass stage three I might be given more options.
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