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Old 5th Jun 2018, 15:01
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Originally Posted by Venyx View Post
I forgot my passport to my Stage 3, but I did have to send it in the post afterwards when I was offered a place. I'd get in touch with recruitment if I was you and ask for alternatives.
Thankyou that's very reassuring , will give them a call this week, I've applied for a new one and been told via text it should arrive a month before my stage 3 interview 🤞
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Old 5th Jun 2018, 19:17
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Originally Posted by GreenATC View Post
How long after the Stage 3 Assessment did you get your confirmation?
For me it was two weeks, but other peoples accounts were 5 days to a month.
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Also quickly did you get booked into the medicals and security clearance?
Took a week to book the medical, medical was about 3 weeks after that.
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Old 5th Jun 2018, 22:59
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Originally Posted by BARRY_SCOTT View Post
For me it was two weeks, but other peoples accounts were 5 days to a month.

Took a week to book the medical, medical was about 3 weeks after that.
Thanks BARRY_SCOTT. 15 days has passed for me but sadly not 15 *working* days. Blast that term haha. Good to know about the medicals.
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Old 6th Jun 2018, 09:13
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Originally Posted by GreenATC View Post
yux5 - Did you ever get a follow up regarding this?

ATCkmmbbh1 - Congrats on your course date, man. How long after the Stage 3 Assessment did you get your confirmation? Also quickly did you get booked into the medicals and security clearance? I also heard that there are two medicals: the NATS one that is a precursor to see if you will pass the Medical 3 Certificate. Is this right?

Finished my Stage 3 a while ago and just waiting for the outcome! Ahhh!
Congrats! Hope all goes well for you. It took me 10 days to hear back and then I got a medical date for about 6 weeks time. There are 2 medical forms to fill in, one the NATS use to judge whether they think you will pass the medical and the other official form you need to take to your medical with you.
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Old 11th Jun 2018, 09:11
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Alright folks, just signed up to the forum.

I have my Stage 2 in July. Of course I have a long way to go but was wondering a couple of things for those successful in Stage 2 and Stage 3. Obviously as has been said many times, it is up the them where they put you, but if you end up on the area control path you will be in either 1 or 2 places, Swanick or Prestwick, is that correct?

Does anyone have any idea how often Trainee positions become available at Prestwick? Being from Glasgow this would be ideal for me so I'm hoping if I am fortunate enough to make it to the stage of being offered a position I would end up there.

In terms of the training plan, it's 8 months at a training centre(s) then you are placed in the work environment, if I am reading things right? If you were to be placed at Prestwick or Swanick after 8 months does that pretty much mean that is the centre at which you will be employed?

Any info much appreciated!
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Old 11th Jun 2018, 17:49
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As I'm led to believe, basic training is in either Swanwick, Gloucester or Jerez and lasts two months or so. Then for area control, yes, either Swanwick or Prestwick.
As for how often training positions become available in Prestwick, I personally do not know the rate of recruitment for Prestwick; I regret to say the answer is probably "in line with the demands of the business". On that note, I was told by a NATS employee that once, a group of trainees completed their area control training and then right before they were to be posted, NATS needed more tower controllers, and so they ALL retrained to become tower controllers. Based on this, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to recruitment rates.

After the basic training (2-3 months), and the specific training (area: +9 months / aerodrome: +5 months / aerodrome/approach: +8 months), you then have 12-18 months of work placements. I do not believe that where your work placement is is always where you'll be posted once you validate. For example, if you were a tower controller in Heathrow on your work placement, at the end of the placement once you become validated, there may be a need for a tower controller in Aberdeen. Off to Aberdeen you go! (Everyone seems to hate Aberdeen, haha, I'm not entirely sure why but it gets scapegoated a lot!) However, it is probably very likely that those who train as an Area Controller in Swanwick will probably then validate and continue to work in Swanwick. From what I've read and people I've spoken to, that seems to be the case. I imagine it's probably very similar for Prestwick. Finally, while the demands of the business take priority, it is not unheard of to have your preferences accommodated for: on youtube search for this "NATS TRAINEES ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS PART 1 ASKNATS.

I tried to post a link but the forum wouldn't let me.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your Stage 2!
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Old 11th Jun 2018, 20:10
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Originally Posted by GreenATC View Post
After the basic training (2-3 months), and the specific training (area: +9 months / aerodrome: +5 months / aerodrome/approach: +8 months), you then have 12-18 months of work placements. I do not believe that where your work placement is is always where you'll be posted once you validate. For example, if you were a tower controller in Heathrow on your work placement, at the end of the placement once you become validated, there may be a need for a tower controller in Aberdeen. Off to Aberdeen you go! (Everyone seems to hate Aberdeen, haha, I'm not entirely sure why but it gets scapegoated a lot!)
When you validate somewhere you are only validated for that specific sector of airspace, if you then move somewhere else you need to validate all over again. Therefore I think it'd only be in extremely rare cases that they'd send you somewhere else after you've validated.

At least that's my understanding!
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Old 11th Jun 2018, 20:25
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Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum, I have my stage 3 coming up soon and was looking for some advice. I've just graduated from university so have little work experience outside of part-time work so I'm a little nervous about the competency part of the interview. If there's anybody here who's passed stage 3 was just curious to know what sort of backgrounds you came from.

As for the technical portion of the interview is it mostly based off of the information pack? Will I be required to memorise all the plane statistics?

Would appreciate any info!
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Old 12th Jun 2018, 20:36
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Originally Posted by Mattb88 View Post
Hi all, new poster here. I found this page while looking for study aids for the NATS online assessments. Iím happy to say that Iíve passed stage 1 and I have my stage 2 assessment booked in for 02/07/18.

The learning material for the ATC test Iím not too worried about but from what Iíve heard about FEAST and DART thereís no real preparation - either you can do it or you canít.
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Im new to this forum . congrats on passing your stage 1 assessment. Could you please suggest any reading aid for the online stage 1 assessment . Thanks
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Old 13th Jun 2018, 04:19
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Thanks GreenATC
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Old 17th Jun 2018, 09:28
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NATS time to re-application?

Congrats to all successful with the NATS selection.

I recently failed the 2nd section of online tests (drat!!!) Can anybody say for certain if there is a required waiting period before reapplying? I canít find any info from NATS regarding this. Thanks
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Old 19th Jun 2018, 15:09
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Congrats to all successful with the NATS selection.

I recently failed the 2nd section of online tests (drat!!!) Can anybody say for certain if there is a required waiting period before reapplying? I canít find any info from NATS regarding this. Thanks
It's definitely 12 months I'm afraid.
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Old 20th Jun 2018, 15:46
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Stage 3 Assessment Day

Hi everyone,

Iíve just received an email after passing stage 2 to book in for the stage 3 interview day. Does anybody have any advice as to the set up of the day and what each part entails, especially the Eurocontrol computer-based assessment?

Thanks!
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Old 22nd Jun 2018, 09:39
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Hi Cameron_95.

It depends on whether they'll ask you to the eurocontrol assessment or not. At our Stage 3, we did not do the eurocontrol assessment because they weren't doing it at Prestwick interviews so they wanted to maintain consistency among all the applicants.

Thus, our day was as follows:
- Arrive at 10:00am and go through checks and screening
- 10:30am we were taken to what seemed like a common room and were given the chance to ask questions to a a guy who has done the job for many years
- You'll probably be in pairs and one of you will be collected first to the interview; if you are waiting, someone else will come and collect you for yours
- Interviews are with two people; you'll undergo a competency interview first where you're asked about your competencies in certain areas; think of challenging times in your life
- After the competency interview you'll undergo the technical interview; make sure you're on form when it comes to knowing the info in the book; you'll be quizzed; then afterwards there'll be some great questions about certain scenarios in the air. Just relax, there's nothing wrong with finding it difficult and take your time. They prompt you if you get stuck and they are rather friendly.
- At the end there'll be a brief personality profiling which is relatively harmless.

It was a pleasant day. I'm now waiting for the outcome!

Good luck!
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 15:12
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That's interesting GreenATC as I thought all the assessments were done at Whiteley. It also makes you wonder if the computer test counts for anything if some people aren't doing it.
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 16:31
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GreenATC still waiting for the outcome? That's tough... Reading the last messages it would probably be more than a month waiting for you? Did you contact them?
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 16:43
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Hi everyone!
I just registered here.

I took the FEAST and DART tests last 7th June.
I passed FEAST, with other 2 our of 5 people there, but, after 2 weeks of long waiting, I was notified I did not pass DART.

All the official information I had was: 'once you have applied, you can not apply again', then I read somewhere that you can apply after 2 years, and they I just read again that is 12 months. Someone can clarify this? I understand that whenever I apply again, I should retake FEAST again too even if I passed this time, am I right?

And what about applying in other companies/countries? Can I apply now lets say in Ireland if I just failed the DART test in NATS?

Anyone can help?

Thank you!
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 14:08
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Hi everybody Iím new to this forum, I attended a stage 2 back in March and I have heard nothing back regarding results for the DART test, I have contacted HR several times and still yet to receive any results. Has anybody else had this problem? If so any advice on how to resolve this? I was starting to worry that as I havenít heard it must mean that I failed but the last person I spoke to said I would find out either way. Thanks for any help.
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 19:48
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Hi everybody Iím new to this forum, I attended a stage 2 back in March and I have heard nothing back regarding results for the DART test, I have contacted HR several times and still yet to receive any results. Has anybody else had this problem? If so any advice on how to resolve this? I was starting to worry that as I havenít heard it must mean that I failed but the last person I spoke to said I would find out either way. Thanks for any help.
Back in March?! Sounds like something has gone wrong on their end. On their website it says you'll hear within 30 working days from the end of the week of your assessment so that pretty much gives them 6 weeks to get back to you. I dunno what you can do other than contacting them though.
I'm currently waiting to hear back from a stage 3 that was over a month ago now as well.
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Old 25th Jun 2018, 08:26
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Originally Posted by Mickmac2018 View Post
Hi everybody Iím new to this forum, I attended a stage 2 back in March and I have heard nothing back regarding results for the DART test, I have contacted HR several times and still yet to receive any results. Has anybody else had this problem? If so any advice on how to resolve this? I was starting to worry that as I havenít heard it must mean that I failed but the last person I spoke to said I would find out either way. Thanks for any help.
I've been trying to email them about the process after the final stage, and this was 3 weeks ago. No response since then. Have they all gone on holiday at NATS?
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