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NATS interview process

Old 26th Jul 2019, 11:24
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Originally Posted by Martmart View Post


When did you pass your stage 2 JH? I passed mine 3 weeks ago but was told it could be up to 6 months before I hear anything back.
Yes, about the same here.
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 00:20
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Start dates

Originally Posted by desrudy View Post
the next training courses are now planned for summer 2020 ( maybe beginning of june or august 2020 ) so some of you will received this email :

Dear ......

Thank you for booking onto one of our Stage 3 assessment centres, taking place this year.

We wanted to give you an update on the next steps your application. Due to the high number of applications weíve received, our next training courses are now planned for summer 2020. Should you be successful at your Stage 3 assessment we will be contacting you towards the end of the year with more information about when your training will start.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us on [email protected]

Kind Regards

The NATS Talent Acquisition Team
Hi i'm about to begin my stage 1 for NATS but if i pass all stages does that mean i have to wait till summer of 2020
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 10:52
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With regards to assessment dates, I've just had mine on the 24th July. When I booked onto it a while ago, that and November were the only dates available at that time. Fingers crossed more dates are added and you hear something soon

Hope everyone on the 24th enjoyed it and has some good news in the next couple of weeks! I had a blast, I'm not feeling confident that I've passed but still a thoroughly enjoyable day
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 13:35
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Originally Posted by GandalfGaming2144 View Post
Hi i'm about to begin my stage 1 for NATS but if i pass all stages does that mean i have to wait till summer of 2020
Did you apply before they closed the system to new applicants? If so, I suspect you can only get as far as stage 2 this year, as the next stage 3 dates will be next year (as far as I know). So actually starting training could well be later than summer 2020.
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 14:11
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Originally Posted by GandalfGaming2144 View Post
Hi i'm about to begin my stage 1 for NATS but if i pass all stages does that mean i have to wait till summer of 2020
That's what the email says...........

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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 11:19
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Anyone from the 24th had any news?? Constantly refreshing my emails and trying not to get my hopes up too much haha.
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Old 3rd Aug 2019, 11:58
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Originally Posted by Spacejam View Post
Anyone from the 24th had any news?? Constantly refreshing my emails and trying not to get my hopes up too much haha.
Nope, Iím the same! Haha
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Old 4th Aug 2019, 09:24
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No news so far, but it's still early days. I don't think I've ever checked my phone or emails this frequently before too.
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Old 4th Aug 2019, 17:30
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Originally Posted by Sweval View Post
No news so far, but it's still early days. I don't think I've ever checked my phone or emails this frequently before too.
I'd prepare yourself to wait the full 30 days or so (unless you were told differently). I did exactly the same as what you're doing, don't worry - but in hindsight it wasn't healthy, constantly checking and worrying about something that is now out of your hands.

So keep yourself busy, see friends and make plans and what will be will be. If it's not the news you're hoping for then you will have learnt some pretty unique and valuable life experience.

But of course, good luck and fingers crossed to you and the others who are waiting.

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Old 4th Aug 2019, 19:56
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Thanks for your reply. I meant rejecting a posting, in case it's too far from my home. I guess I might have to contact them to find out for sure. Thanks again, though.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 08:32
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Originally Posted by Mohammad Khan View Post
Thanks for your reply. I meant rejecting a posting, in case it's too far from my home. I guess I might have to contact them to find out for sure. Thanks again, though.
you canít reject a posting simply because itís too far from home. There are exceptional circumstances, but generally wherever youíre posted is where youíre expected to go. The job is advertised as a mobile grade and that is reflected in the pay
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 08:33
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
I'd prepare yourself to wait the full 30 days or so (unless you were told differently). I did exactly the same as what you're doing, don't worry - but in hindsight it wasn't healthy, constantly checking and worrying about something that is now out of your hands.

So keep yourself busy, see friends and make plans and what will be will be. If it's not the news you're hoping for then you will have learnt some pretty unique and valuable life experience.

But of course, good luck and fingers crossed to you and the others who are waiting.
That's very true and thanks for the advice. Fingers crossed for everyone else too.
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Old 5th Aug 2019, 11:13
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Originally Posted by Mohammad Khan View Post
Thanks for your reply. I meant rejecting a posting, in case it's too far from my home. I guess I might have to contact them to find out for sure. Thanks again, though.
You need to appreciate that you are applying for a mobile job grade, and therefore the company has the right to post you to where their business needs are. If you are successful in your application, and decide to go to NATS, on the first few days of your course you will sign paperwork agreeing to this, in addition to it being written into your employment contract. You are also bonded to the company, therefore you cannot complete your NATS funded ATCO training and then quit/run off without owing approx £40k.

Therefore if you wish to "pick and choose" where you are posted I would really think twice about applying/joining. I know it sounds harsh and I really understand it can be disruptive for a family but this is the choice you have to make.



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Old 6th Aug 2019, 11:54
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Hi Guys/Girls

I was lucky enough to get through the stage 3 recently, medical next month and early 2020 start for training, I understand its a mobile grade etc but I am pretty sure they will ask us for preferences at some point, so have started to give it some thought.

Does anyone have any firm info on what occurs where? As i understand it Area is split between Swanwick and Prestwick, London approaches are all done from Swanwick? and Tower is always located on each individual site? anyone know if other approaches are centralised, and if so, to where? or do they work out of the individual sites?

thanks in advance
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 17:27
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Originally Posted by The GP View Post
Hi Guys/Girls

I was lucky enough to get through the stage 3 recently, medical next month and early 2020 start for training, I understand its a mobile grade etc but I am pretty sure they will ask us for preferences at some point, so have started to give it some thought.

Does anyone have any firm info on what occurs where? As i understand it Area is split between Swanwick and Prestwick, London approaches are all done from Swanwick? and Tower is always located on each individual site? anyone know if other approaches are centralised, and if so, to where? or do they work out of the individual sites?

thanks in advance
look at the tower for London city!
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 18:05
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I was lucky enough to get through the stage 3 recently, medical next month and early 2020 start for training
Congrats!
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Tower is always located on each individual site?
Normally Towers are where they are expected, unless they switch to Digital/Remote Towers like in London City or Cranfield.
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Old 6th Aug 2019, 18:28
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Originally Posted by The GP View Post
Hi Guys/Girls

I was lucky enough to get through the stage 3 recently, medical next month and early 2020 start for training, I understand its a mobile grade etc but I am pretty sure they will ask us for preferences at some point, so have started to give it some thought.

Does anyone have any firm info on what occurs where? As i understand it Area is split between Swanwick and Prestwick, London approaches are all done from Swanwick? and Tower is always located on each individual site? anyone know if other approaches are centralised, and if so, to where? or do they work out of the individual sites?

thanks in advance
Be aware that, whilst preferences are taken near the end of the course, subject to you passing, out of 15 on my course 3 got one of their preferences.

In terms of what occurs, you normally get an email from HR going "you are welcome to submit 3 preferences if you wish." Be aware that postings vary from Aberdeen in the north to Southampton in the south, including Aberporth in the west and everything in between. Area courses will be sent to either Swanwick (TC or AC) or Prestwick. Radar only rated people will be sent to either Swanwick to do London approaches, Aberporth ranges, or Aberdeen to staff the offshore function. There are also many trainees holding at units awaiting to start their unit training, so factor all of this into your expectations throughout training. It is definitely worth it in the end though!

It is a great job and a great company to work for, who really do look after you. Again I just cannot stress enough to expect the unexpected with regards to postings. Just because someone has a family with kids does not mean they will get posted where they want.... I can say this with 100% certainty.....!!!
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 13:03
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Thanks, That is an impressive looking facility, I had heard that remote towers were being considered but didn't know this was operational yet.
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 13:06
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Thanks, yes that London City Tower is impressive! I would expect these will become more common over the next few decades as traditional tower operational life spans expire.
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Old 7th Aug 2019, 13:18
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Thank you, that does help clear things up for me, it was pretty much what i was expecting with the 3/15 figure, i guess as you say I'll just have to wait and see. Exciting times ahead!

Do you know how far in until you find out your unit placement? I'm assuming most stay on where they complete unit training?

Sorry for all the questions btw, and thanks in advance.
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