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Old 23rd Oct 2018, 11:41
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Hi all,

Just a quick question regarding the dress code for Stage Two. In the email it just says 'Smart', I know there are a few posts about it in the thread already a while back but it would be helpful to hear from someone who has been recently. Does this mean full suit? Honestly, I don't even own a suit! Or where there people with just smart shirts, trousers etc.

I can understand the suit for an interview style assessment day, but I can't imagine it's going to help while sitting at a computer taking tests. Thanks for any input!
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Old 23rd Oct 2018, 13:17
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Live as close as feasible and ideally use a bike/scooter/moped....getting into and out of Whiteley in college hours is abominable. Get through college and then think about where you’d prefer to live...shifts make the commute much easier.
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Old 23rd Oct 2018, 14:04
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Trousers and shirt are 'smart' - throw a tie in for good measure.
Same for the interview - I turned up in a jacket and put it down in the chillout area and didn't pick it up again til I left.

The m27 is brutal at peak times, as is the road into Whiteley, live as close as possible for the training, I know the area well and that is my intention.
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Old 23rd Oct 2018, 16:22
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For those who've had their Stage 3, was the technical side of it all contained in the document or did they ask stuff around it, about NATS (history etc)? Before I go any further overkill on my prep...

Anyone else here attending Prestwick on 6th November?
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Old 23rd Oct 2018, 16:31
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Originally Posted by Hulina
Trevor Hannant, Hannah Wrigley
I was with you at the 2nd assessment, and I too passed! I'm the short blonde Finnish girl I've booked my 3rd assessment for mid November. Good luck with the interviews and hope to see you again!
Originally Posted by WesATC
Hi Trevor, Hannah and Hulina! I was also at your stage 2 and also passed DART! I've got my stage 3 booked for the 24th October as well! I hope to see the rest of you soon when you get through
Tried to PM you both but your storage is full!

Wes, good luck tomorrow - drop me a PM and let me know how it goes!

Lina - take it you're going back to Swanwick for yours?
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Old 1st Nov 2018, 00:05
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For stage 3 do i need to take anything with me? Certificates, GCSE's, out of school qualifications etc?
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Old 1st Nov 2018, 14:30
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Hello all,
I have my Stage 2 tomorrow at CTC and am driving down tonight... Just wondered if anyone else out there was doing Stage 2 tomorrow?
Well done to all of you who have made it through so far!
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Old 1st Nov 2018, 14:57
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Stage 3

So I did my stage 3 today. Apparently if you are successful they call you the next day.

You don't need any certificates or anything for stage 3, just driving license/passport.

Anyone heard back yet about their stage 3?

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Old 1st Nov 2018, 23:07
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Originally Posted by LBroadbean
For stage 3 do i need to take anything with me? Certificates, GCSE's, out of school qualifications etc?
You'll get an email telling you what you need to bring.
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Old 2nd Nov 2018, 11:19
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Originally Posted by LBroadbean
For stage 3 do i need to take anything with me? Certificates, GCSE's, out of school qualifications etc?
It didn't say anything about that in the confirmation email for me, either way if you pass stage 3 they'll go through your life with a fine tooth comb for security clearance so will probably get proof of your qualifications for themselves.
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Old 2nd Nov 2018, 11:23
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Anyone with a stage 3 coming up, when/did you get an email specifying a time slot other than 8am? The confirmation I got when I booked around a month ago had a table of dates that only went until August and on the brassring link the location is just 'hedge end, hampshire'. I'm going on the 19th so PM me if you'll be there too
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Old 2nd Nov 2018, 11:31
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TTTom - clear your inbox and I'll be able to reply
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Old 2nd Nov 2018, 11:48
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Originally Posted by TTTom
So I didn't my stage 3 today. Apparently if you are successful they call you the next day.

You don't need any certificates or anything for stage 3, just driving license/passport.

Anyone heard back yet about their stage 3?

I done mine on the Thursday and heard back on the Monday. So it isnít necessarily always the next day as I was successful and heard back the following week. Hope you hear back soon though! Good Luck
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Old 2nd Nov 2018, 12:35
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Hey everyone. So finally I have been given a start date! I thought I'd share my timeline for those applying! But first a quick question:

How long does the security clearance take? I'm referring to the one that is conducted by UKSV NSVS? After submitting the form, do they engage in follow-up questions? Does this extend the process?

So here's my timeline!!

Day 1: Apply to NATS as an ATC, Pass Stage 0, Invitation to Stage 1
Day 4: Pass Stage 1
Day 6: Invitation to Stage 2, Booked onto Stage 2
Day 22: Stage 2 Assessment (in CTC)
Day 27: Confirmation of passing Stage 2 Assessment
Day 28: Invitation to Stage 3 Assessment
Day 33: Booked onto Stage 3 Assessment
Day 39: Stage 3 Assessment
Day 74: Confirmation of passing Stage 3 Assessment
Day 79: Offered Medical Appointment
Day 172: Initiation of Security Vetting
Day 194: Confirmation of Start Date
Day 256: Medical Appointment
Day 297: Start Date!!!

Phew! So overall, took 9 months, 3 weeks, 2 days!!!

Good luck everyone! Oh, and if anyone could answer my question, that would be fantastic!

GreenATC
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Old 2nd Nov 2018, 21:11
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Originally Posted by GreenATC
Hey everyone. So finally I have been given a start date! I thought I'd share my timeline for those applying! But first a quick question:

How long does the security clearance take? I'm referring to the one that is conducted by UKSV NSVS? After submitting the form, do they engage in follow-up questions? Does this extend the process?

So here's my timeline!!

Day 1: Apply to NATS as an ATC, Pass Stage 0, Invitation to Stage 1
Day 4: Pass Stage 1
Day 6: Invitation to Stage 2, Booked onto Stage 2
Day 22: Stage 2 Assessment (in CTC)
Day 27: Confirmation of passing Stage 2 Assessment
Day 28: Invitation to Stage 3 Assessment
Day 33: Booked onto Stage 3 Assessment
Day 39: Stage 3 Assessment
Day 74: Confirmation of passing Stage 3 Assessment
Day 79: Offered Medical Appointment
Day 172: Initiation of Security Vetting
Day 194: Confirmation of Start Date
Day 256: Medical Appointment
Day 297: Start Date!!!

Phew! So overall, took 9 months, 3 weeks, 2 days!!!

Good luck everyone! Oh, and if anyone could answer my question, that would be fantastic!

GreenATC
Which course are you joining? I'm behind you in the process I'm afraid, haven't received my initial security forms yet! But have my medical at the end of the month.
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Old 3rd Nov 2018, 16:42
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Hi Everyone,

Just looking for some advise.

I unfortunately had to reschedule my September stage 2 date and now attending on 12th November.

I am stopping with family in Tadley the night before and planned on driving to Swanwick however I've heard the parking situation is awful! Could someone advise how true this is?

I've looked at the possibility of getting the train from Basingstoke but it just seems such a faff having the change trains and then taxi to the centre. I was thinking about renting a driveway, I've done this in the past and seems to work well, has anyone done anything similar?

I also read somewhere about taking drinks in with you, do they have to be in a sports bottle or something like that? can't remember quite what I read as it was a while back!

Thanks!
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Old 3rd Nov 2018, 23:31
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Originally Posted by Lemonair
Which course are you joining? I'm behind you in the process I'm afraid, haven't received my initial security forms yet! But have my medical at the end of the month.
Good luck with the medical. Haven't actually had mine yet either but it's booked! So excited to start but the security process is taking a while!
I'll be going to Jerez in February I know they have a course at CTC in Jan, Jerez in Feb, Gloucester in March and another at CTC in April. I'm sure there are plenty more, they seem to be on a big recruitment drive.
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Originally Posted by GreenATC
Good luck with the medical. Haven't actually had mine yet either but it's booked! So excited to start but the security process is taking a while!
I'll be going to Jerez in February I know they have a course at CTC in Jan, Jerez in Feb, Gloucester in March and another at CTC in April. I'm sure there are plenty more, they seem to be on a big recruitment drive.
Thanks, you too! What does the security process involve? I haven't had any forms come through yet. Nice one, I'll be going to Jerez in May got to wait for the break clause in my rent agreement, otherwise I think I would've been on an earlier course
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What counts as an established posting history? Also, is skytest.com down/banned?
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Originally Posted by GreenATC
Hey everyone. So finally I have been given a start date! I thought I'd share my timeline for those applying! But first a quick question:

How long does the security clearance take? I'm referring to the one that is conducted by UKSV NSVS? After submitting the form, do they engage in follow-up questions? Does this extend the process?

So here's my timeline!!

Day 1: Apply to NATS as an ATC, Pass Stage 0, Invitation to Stage 1
Day 4: Pass Stage 1
Day 6: Invitation to Stage 2, Booked onto Stage 2
Day 22: Stage 2 Assessment (in CTC)
Day 27: Confirmation of passing Stage 2 Assessment
Day 28: Invitation to Stage 3 Assessment
Day 33: Booked onto Stage 3 Assessment
Day 39: Stage 3 Assessment
Day 74: Confirmation of passing Stage 3 Assessment
Day 79: Offered Medical Appointment
Day 172: Initiation of Security Vetting
Day 194: Confirmation of Start Date
Day 256: Medical Appointment
Day 297: Start Date!!!

Phew! So overall, took 9 months, 3 weeks, 2 days!!!

Good luck everyone! Oh, and if anyone could answer my question, that would be fantastic!

GreenATC
Sounds like a long process, thought I'd throw my timeline in too to show the contrast;

Day 1: Apply to NATS as an ATC, Pass Stage 0, Invitation to Stage 1
Day 3: Pass Stage 1
Day 3: Invitation to Stage 2, Booked onto Stage 2
Day 29: Stage 2 Assessment (in CTC)
Day 30: Confirmation of passing Stage 2 Assessment
Day 31: Invitation to Stage 3 Assessment, Booked onto Stage 3
Day 41: Stage 3 Assessment
Day 42: Confirmation of passing Stage 3 Assessment
Day 43: Offered Medical Appointment
Day 44: Initiation of Security Vetting, Confirmation of start date
...Awaiting medical...
Day 101: Start date

Just over three months in total, approx 13 weeks. I've been informed the security clearance is one of the longest parts, it can take up to 60 days apparently, with one person saying their took 76 days.

I start in NATS Whiteley in Jan!
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