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NATS interview process

Old 28th Jan 2016, 10:39
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Can't really remember, but I think it was around a week or 2 I had to wait before I got an email saying I had passed stage 1
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 13:17
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Salary question

Hi all,

I'm considering applying again after failing at the interview stage eight years ago. In that time I've had a family, got a mortgage etc and one of my main concerns now is how I'll be able to support them on a very reduced wage and how long that would be the case for.

The NATS website is a bit vague about the timescale for salary progression so can anyone answer the following for me please:

How long does the unit training last roughly? I.e. the period of time before the salary rises to 30k+. I appreciate this will depend on unit/person to an extent, and I'd like to know about Swanwick in particular but also anywhere else.

When the salary rises on the third anniversary, is this the third anniversary of finishing college or completing the unit training?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 28th Jan 2016, 14:21
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Unit training depends entirely on which unit you go to. You don't get a choice - you can select a preference, but you'll go where the company needs you to go, which may well mean uprooting your family.

With regards to Swanwick, it can be up to 6 months after leaving the college before you get on to a 3 month training course in the sims, then you're looking at least a year from the end of that. That's a best case scenario and assumes you don't fail any of the assessments on the way, if you do fail one then add a couple of months on to my numbers. Of course you've already done at least 9 months at the college, more if you've failed anything, and then there's a chance you may be kept waiting before you join a unit. It took me 3 years and 5 months from starting with the company to validating at Swanwick, although the college course is now 6 months shorter.

Regarding your salary progression, it jumps from the starting wage once you leave the college to around double that and then when you validate atr your unit it goes over 30k. If I remember correctly, if you validate within three years of starting with the company you'll stay on the 30k+ and then after your three year anniversary you jump onto the ATCO scale which is a significant rise, but varies depending on where you're posted by around 5k, it's still a nice pay rise whichever way you look at it
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 20:09
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Thanks for the reply, very informative.
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 20:14
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Stage 2

Hi,
I'm booked in for Friday April 15th

Best of luck !!
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 20:55
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Sorry I may be being dim but to clarify do you jump to the atco scale after 3 years from day 1 of college (if validated), or after 3 years as a validated atco?

Originally Posted by The Many Tentacles
Unit training depends entirely on which unit you go to. You don't get a choice - you can select a preference, but you'll go where the company needs you to go, which may well mean uprooting your family.

With regards to Swanwick, it can be up to 6 months after leaving the college before you get on to a 3 month training course in the sims, then you're looking at least a year from the end of that. That's a best case scenario and assumes you don't fail any of the assessments on the way, if you do fail one then add a couple of months on to my numbers. Of course you've already done at least 9 months at the college, more if you've failed anything, and then there's a chance you may be kept waiting before you join a unit. It took me 3 years and 5 months from starting with the company to validating at Swanwick, although the college course is now 6 months shorter.

Regarding your salary progression, it jumps from the starting wage once you leave the college to around double that and then when you validate atr your unit it goes over 30k. If I remember correctly, if you validate within three years of starting with the company you'll stay on the 30k+ and then after your three year anniversary you jump onto the ATCO scale which is a significant rise, but varies depending on where you're posted by around 5k, it's still a nice pay rise whichever way you look at it
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Old 29th Jan 2016, 21:24
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On the third anniversary of you joining the company.

Assuming of course you are valid by then...
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Old 31st Jan 2016, 16:09
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Hi, Megamc!

When did you pass your stage 1? Since you're on the 15th April, I'm guessing you just missed out on the January stage 2. I just got my email today to say I passed stage 1 but no assessment dates are available.. hopefully the 15th April slots haven't already all been filled up!!!
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Old 31st Jan 2016, 19:46
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Hey everyone! Happy to have passed Stage 2 as well and now waiting for my Stage 3 on the 11th of February.

Anyone going on the same day or with some helpful tips (e.g. bring something to read there's a lot of waiting. Thx Cpteffron!) feel free to pm me!

Good luck for the others awaiting their stage 2 and make sure you are well rested!
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Old 1st Feb 2016, 15:52
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Stage 3

Hi,

Anyone recently sat their stage 3 interview, if so how long was it before they heard back from them?
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Old 1st Feb 2016, 20:54
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@Scaphrax
Hey guys, I just did the first online test, how long does it take them to reply back saying whether you have passed or not?

It's been about 30 min now
I did my first online test aswell, but it's been over a week now and haven't got any mail yet. Last time I did it, I got the mail for stage 2 online after a few hours. Strange... Gonna give it another week!
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Old 2nd Feb 2016, 12:58
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@timpsi

I did mine last week and got same day replies even at 2am in the morning! Hopefully it's just a glitch or something in the system but good luck!
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Old 3rd Feb 2016, 08:12
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Originally Posted by Timpsi
@Scaphrax
I did my first online test aswell, but it's been over a week now and haven't got any mail yet. Last time I did it, I got the mail for stage 2 online after a few hours. Strange... Gonna give it another week!
It will have been two weeks from Thursday this week for me and still no email about my stage 1 results... Not sure if it's becuase all the ongoing stage 2/3 stuff which means they don't have time to go through the rest of us
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Old 3rd Feb 2016, 09:05
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Congratulation extalex!!!!

were the tips useful?
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Old 3rd Feb 2016, 09:15
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Originally Posted by extalex
Just received a call to say I've been successful at Stage 3 and have a conditional offer to start on 21st March! Hope everyone else at my Stage 3 is getting similar news

Alex
When did you have your interview/how many days later was that?
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Old 3rd Feb 2016, 11:56
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are2395,

My Interview was last Thursday (28th) and I got the news Monday afternoon that I needed to call them back ASAP.
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Old 3rd Feb 2016, 15:01
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@mattd75

But it's an online test, they're not supposed to check anything during these stages, right? It's supposed to be an automatic answer based on the critera NATS has.

@vc21

That's veeery strange. Must be a glitch if you did yours last week and got the reply within a day... Should I email them and ask or just try to click the test link again??
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 09:35
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Stage 3

Hi All,

Hope all those who attended Stage 3 with me received similar good news this week! Looks like I've been allocated a course on the 21st March, so all hands on deck trying to organise everything now!!

Anyone else going to be on 243 with me?

Alex
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 12:32
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Woa congrats extalex!

If everything goes well coming 11th I might get to join you in march. We'll see, fingers crossed!
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Old 4th Feb 2016, 12:41
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I'm going to be on that course as well subject to my medical going ok! Booking in for medical on 8th March

Originally Posted by extalex
Hi All,

Hope all those who attended Stage 3 with me received similar good news this week! Looks like I've been allocated a course on the 21st March, so all hands on deck trying to organise everything now!!

Anyone else going to be on 243 with me?

Alex
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