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NATS interview process

Old 30th Aug 2019, 19:02
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Heard nothing here either.
Hopefully soon!!
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Old 30th Aug 2019, 21:24
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Originally Posted by Quilt View Post
Has anyone heard from NATS recruitment recently? I got in on the last batch of the old process and we were due to hear about course dates in August but nothing so far.
I was going to email but as it seems we're all in the same boat I guess more thumb twiddling is the order of the day!
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Old 31st Aug 2019, 07:45
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Same for me, nothing yet - as I was told August, I was expecting something by the end of the work day yesterday...
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 15:06
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Has anyone waiting for course dates emailed and had had a response?
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 16:13
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Originally Posted by Whris View Post
Has anyone waiting for course dates emailed and had had a response?
I was told on Tuesday that it's still being arranged and will probably be another few weeks of waiting.
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 16:32
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Well, itís certainly an interesting interpretation of ďearly AugustĒ...

It would be helpful if HR could send round a brief email letting everyone know that itíll be another few weeks, as opposed to leaving us in limbo, and presumably it would reduce the number of enquiries I imagine they must be getting! Oh well...
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Old 12th Sep 2019, 22:39
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Originally Posted by Topcat47 View Post
I was told on Tuesday that it's still being arranged and will probably be another few weeks of waiting.
Did they say why there had been such a long delay?
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Old 13th Sep 2019, 12:45
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Originally Posted by Quilt View Post


Did they say why there had been such a long delay?
Afraid not and I didn't expect to be told really. I'm sure everybody's got their theories but it continues to be a waiting game!
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Old 15th Sep 2019, 12:40
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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!
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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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