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NATS interview process

Old 15th Sep 2019, 12:42
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Have you logged into the Induction portal ("Boarding Pass") that you will have been sent a link to when you had the job offer? If you click on the hamburger menu icon in the top right there should be a link to "Learning" which has some stuff in it (at least it does for me, but YMMV).
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Old 15th Sep 2019, 13:21
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
Does anyone have any links for any online pre-learning material that could be useful for people (like me) waiting for course dates to be released?

I'm just eager to get started!
EDIT: Apologies can't post links until I have 10 posts so no URLS!

There are also some courses you can self enroll on for free on the Eurocontrol training site (they actually seem a bit more recent/higher quality than the NATS courses tf412 linked above!)

A few books I've seen recommended earlier in the thread:

Air Traffic Control by Graham Duke
Aircraft Recognition Guide by Janes
Air Pilots Manual vol 2: Air Law and Meteorology by Trevor Thom

Worth looking around at eBay and second-hand stores for those as you can get them for next to nothing.

There are also 2 ATC reference manuals that I believe we will use throughout the course. A bit dry on their own though, I think they should become more clear with the benefit of context from our lessons and teachers.

CAP 413 - Radiotelephony Manual
CAP 493 - Manual of Air Traffic Services Part 1

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Old 16th Sep 2019, 06:52
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Do you know which study route youíre going down yet in respect of Aerodrome or Area?

Iíd suggest the air traffic control handbook by David Smith. Donít bog yourself down too much with the CAP publications although there is a lot of useful info in MATS pt1 but by the end of the course youíll be regurgitating it word for word anyway. If youíre going into Aerodrome perhaps flick through section 2 of the 493 but donít get hung up on anything you canít get your head around due to the way it is written in parts
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 15:39
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FAO the above two posters

Thanks for your help! When home this evening i'll take a look at the info you've mentioned. Not sure of any route i'll be taking yet re aerodrome/area etc - still waiting on a course date..

Thanks again.
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 16:20
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
FAO the above two posters

Thanks for your help! When home this evening i'll take a look at the info you've mentioned. Not sure of any route i'll be taking yet re aerodrome/area etc - still waiting on a course date..

Thanks again.
oh that sounds about right. I presume they havenít told you where you will be going yet either then?
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 17:40
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Originally Posted by Runway26 View Post


oh that sounds about right. I presume they havenít told you where you will be going yet either then?
Correct - been a month or so now since any correspondence from NATS end. All we've been told thus far is we've been successful in the Stage 3 process.
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 19:50
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
Correct - been a month or so now since any correspondence from NATS end. All we've been told thus far is we've been successful in the Stage 3 process.
yeah even when you get given a start date it could be a while in the future. I think I found out in July last year and started a course in March this year.
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 21:49
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
Correct - been a month or so now since any correspondence from NATS end. All we've been told thus far is we've been successful in the Stage 3 process.
Was that as part of the new process? I think thereís a few of us from the end of the old process with stage 3s in March-May still waiting on allocations. Anyone earlier than that still waiting?
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Old 17th Sep 2019, 08:23
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Just my two pence, coming from a background where you have to also learn a very large rule book in a safety critical environment, pre-reading can be detrimental to your learning as you may interpret and learn things incorrectly to begin with. Courses like this are usually designed to teach people everything in a structured manner, for which you need no prior knowledge. Pre-reading of times and regs, in my opinion, should only be done if the course dictates it. However reading up on a general level of how things work probably wouldnít be a bad idea?

Each to their own!
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Old 17th Sep 2019, 13:38
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If you search ATCO Common Core Content Initial Training you can find the syllabus of what should be delivered to you during your training.
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 10:29
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I've had a call this morning from NATS - my course is 27th Apr @ CTC. Anyone else heard anything?
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 11:01
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Originally Posted by idloveit View Post
I've had a call this morning from NATS - my course is 27th Apr @ CTC. Anyone else heard anything?
Im on the same course!

DM me and we can get a WhatsApp group going?

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Old 18th Sep 2019, 11:37
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Just found out Iím on the 27th January course at CTC
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 14:04
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Originally Posted by Topcat47 View Post
Just found out Iím on the 27th January course at CTC
Same for me! Could be a split between old/new process for January/April allocations - but I wonder what happened to Jerez/Global in between?

I'll start a WhatsApp group for anyone on the 27th January course - PM for info.
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 14:07
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I'm Jerez on 2nd March! Anyone else there? Flick me a message and will start a WhatsApp group!
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 14:12
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27th April CTC for me - keep me posted if a chat group gets set up!
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 14:40
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Hello! Been following the thread for a short while, been offered a place on the April course, would love to join the WhatsApp group if one is being made
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Old 18th Sep 2019, 14:43
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Originally Posted by Quilt View Post
I wonder what happened to Jerez/Global in between?
As far as I know there isn't another Global course till October. I asked about it when I found out I had passed.
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 12:42
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Hello, I'm on the 27th Jan course at CTC. WhatsApp sounds like a great idea.
Also anyone up for a house share?
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Old 19th Sep 2019, 14:11
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CTC in April

I'm also on the April start at ctc.

Did anyone else have to feign excitement when told about the April start date when really they were disappointed because they were hoping for Jan, or was that just me!?

Anyway, well done to all. Let me know if the WhatsApp gets set up.
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