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NATS interview process

Old 2nd Feb 2018, 22:03
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Originally Posted by Kcross123
Hello,

Does anyone know what tests stage 0 consists of?

Many thanks
Sorry it all seems to have blurred into one so I can’t remember what Stage 0 consisted of.
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 11:34
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hello everyone, i am going for stage 2 in a few days and i would just like to ask about the first part of the examination regarding the pdf they gave...everything ok about the radars, the airways, acronyms etc....but does anyone knows what they ask about the last 3 pages with plane statistics?? they ask about capacity, about speed? possible destinations?? any answer would help. Thank you in advance.
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Old 4th Feb 2018, 17:35
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anything special to mention about MCQs?? something strange or out of the ordinary?? Thank you for all the information
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 12:10
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Originally Posted by Ambnapz
Hi folks,

I've been lucky (and a bit surprised) to have passed 0 & 1 and now looking at booking my assessment day. I'd applied on a bit of a whim not really knowing what it was all about but the more I look it's seeming very exciting. I just am anxious over a few points I'm hoping someone may be able to help with:

I have a young family and am hoping to have another baby in the next few years, if this was to happen mid training has anyone seen allowances made for this?

We are in the south west, with brs and ext being my nearest airports. Is there much job opportunities here or am I likely to always commute?

The study training period, is this distance based or at a centre and if so where?

Anyone doing this with a young family? If so any advice welcome.

Thanks a lot!


congrats for passing stage 0,1 . I intend to apply for stage 0 could you give some tips on how to prepare for the stage 0 and 1. Any suggestions is much appreciated please.
thanks
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 12:23
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Originally Posted by babis
ATCOnoob1

anything special to mention about MCQs?? something strange or out of the ordinary?? Thank you for all the information
No dude - honestly just revise it as you would for any exam. As its multiple choice your brain should be able to pull the info you need. The plane bit (in the paper I sat at least) was only a couple questions, but I suspect they rotate papers regularly so you might have more.

As long as you revise it for however long it takes you to get a good grasp of it, don't stress - seriously. FEAST/DART you really cant prepare specifically for so don't waste time worrying - just get the backbone of the booklet in your head and you'll easily get past that first hurdle of the day.
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 14:44
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Originally Posted by Tracker400
Hey Mate. Sorry to hear you werenít successful. I had a phone call on Wednesday and was lucky enough to be offered a place with them.

It must be annoying not knowing exactly where things went wrong for you. Are you considering re-applying in 12 Months time? Barry Scott has given some good pointers. You could also think about joining the military as a Controller if that seems appealing to you?
Congrates mate! And yes very annoying there is no feedback.
12 months? Is it not a 2 year re-applying limit anymore? I have looked into the RAF however living abroad within the last 3 years has caused issues, so now I will just try and do my best to get some experience within ATC before re-applying.
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 20:13
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hi everybody
simple question: if you become ATC trainee and pass the process, how long are you obligated to work for nats by contract?
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Old 11th Feb 2018, 13:21
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Holidays

Can anyone shed some light on how holiday/breaks work when at the training college?

I've heard there are set breaks but it would be interesting to know a little more.

Well done to everyone moving through the process
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Old 11th Feb 2018, 18:02
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Hi All,

Long time lurker first time poster.
Booked my stage 3 for the 23rd of this month anybody else attending then ?
How long does the day last for, saw that the projected end was 4pm is this accurate ?

Thanks in advance
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Old 12th Feb 2018, 09:31
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Originally Posted by Wipe0ut
Hi All,

Long time lurker first time poster.
Booked my stage 3 for the 23rd of this month anybody else attending then ?
How long does the day last for, saw that the projected end was 4pm is this accurate ?

Thanks in advance
I'll be there on the 23rd too mate. I saw someone say that stage 3 end times are much like stage 2 i.e. earlier than advised. He said his group of 11 candidates finished at 2pm. I guess it depends how many people are there on the day but I'm going with the assumption we'll be done for 2-3pm.

See you next week!
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Old 12th Feb 2018, 14:44
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Originally Posted by Boa06
Can anyone shed some light on how holiday/breaks work when at the training college?

I've heard there are set breaks but it would be interesting to know a little more.

Well done to everyone moving through the process
Your annual leave is allocated to you, usually between courses but also around public holiday times. You don't get to ask for days off unless in exceptional circumstances.
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Old 12th Feb 2018, 18:33
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Originally Posted by ATCOnoob1
I'll be there on the 23rd too mate. I saw someone say that stage 3 end times are much like stage 2 i.e. earlier than advised. He said his group of 11 candidates finished at 2pm. I guess it depends how many people are there on the day but I'm going with the assumption we'll be done for 2-3pm.

See you next week!
Hopefully will have a long drive home afterwards travelling down from mid Wales on the Thursday. Trying to just remain calm about the whole thing as others have said better to just try and relax and be yourself, unsure how much I can really prepare. See you next week
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 09:46
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Originally Posted by Ally231
@rr9

Stage 3

Be yourself
Demonstrate flexibility, thinking on your feet, team working, enthusiasm.

Prepare answers to competency type questions. Be prepared to expand and talk around your examples extensively.

Dress smart
Engage with the interviewers if they join you for lunch

Best of luck!
thanks for the information man. is there anything else you would like to mention about stage 3?? like what they asked, any tricky questions etc.
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 11:11
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Global ATS

Finally have a start date! Anyone else starting their training with Global ATS in Gloucester on 12th March?
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 13:07
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A quick question on behalf of my son who is not on pprune. Any TATC’s who went to Global did you take Global’s accommodation or rent privately ? Is there much rental property available?
TIA
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 18:32
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Do Nats complete all of their ATCO training at Swanwick? I have now seen people mentioning Jerez and Gloucester ? Are they using other training facilities as I was of the understanding that all training was completed at Swanwick
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 20:38
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Yes FerroNATS at Jerez started to be used this month. I don’t know if it is a “one of “ although if the first course goes ok it will probably be used again.

GLOBAL ATS ( GATS ) at Gloucester have been used on several occasions I think they can only do Basic, Aerodrome and Approach Radar courses.

It has been intimated that in theory you could do your basic course at Global and then join an Area course at CTC however I don’t think that has ever happened yet.

I believe this is all due to capacity issues at CTC.
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Old 15th Feb 2018, 12:39
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Originally Posted by AyrTC
A quick question on behalf of my son who is not on pprune. Any TATCís who went to Global did you take Globalís accommodation or rent privately ? Is there much rental property available?
TIA
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I rented privately, when I was looking last June there was enough available and it's a bit lower priced than Global's accommodation. They recommended Cheltenham over Gloucester, so almost everyone on our course is living there.
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Thank you Tukachinchilla
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Old 15th Feb 2018, 15:55
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What are peoples experiences with bringing in food? I know there's a vending machine, but that's probably not great if you're (hopefully) spending the day there.
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