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Old 27th Sep 2019, 16:20
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Originally Posted by ng254
Is anyone going to the November assessment days? I haven't heard anything from NATS since the invite and I'm a bit worried that they're not going ahead
When did you pass stage 2 NG? I am just trying to workout a rough idea when I might be called.
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Old 27th Sep 2019, 18:08
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Originally Posted by The GP
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.
Haha yes I also had to feign excitement! Didn't help that I'd just woken up so must've sounded especially grumpy... Still over the moon to be starting the course. Also same with whatsapp group for April, let me know
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Old 30th Sep 2019, 14:46
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I think technically there's no upper age limit (in the UK at least) due to age discrimination laws. As far as I understand things, some (many?) ATCOs retire when they are in their late 50s (but I could be wrong about this), and you also need to factor in that it could be 2-3 years before you are validated. So, I'd say work out how many years that leaves you in between and decide if you think it's worth the investment in terms of time and money (because during the training years you have to get by on a very low salary). I'm in my late 30s... I'm not sure if that put me at the "older end of the age range" or not, as I know some trainees are older than me, but at the same time I'd never have been accepted by many ANSPs, such as Eurocontrol.
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Old 30th Sep 2019, 15:36
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anyone got news on when NATS will re-open there recruitement tests?
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Old 30th Sep 2019, 15:42
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Currently at CTC and there are a few older folk there. I know of a couple of guys who will be 40 in the next year and there was until recently a guy on one of the courses who was at the upper end of his 40s and possibly 50 I’m not 100% sure on his exact age. He was definitely up there though. Hope this helps
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Old 30th Sep 2019, 15:57
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Originally Posted by GandalfGaming2144
anyone got news on when NATS will re-open there recruitement tests?
I think you'll find no-one on here will have any inside knowledge on this. But I think you can register your interest and be notified when applications open up again. I can't imagine it will be any time soon though (i.e. next 6-12 months), as there are people who have already got through S2 awaiting their S3, and people still waiting to be assigned to courses next summer.
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Old 30th Sep 2019, 16:25
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Originally Posted by tf412
I think technically there's no upper age limit (in the UK at least) due to age discrimination laws. As far as I understand things, some (many?) ATCOs retire when they are in their late 50s (but I could be wrong about this), and you also need to factor in that it could be 2-3 years before you are validated. So, I'd say work out how many years that leaves you in between and decide if you think it's worth the investment in terms of time and money (because during the training years you have to get by on a very low salary). I'm in my late 30s... I'm not sure if that put me at the "older end of the age range" or not, as I know some trainees are older than me, but at the same time I'd never have been accepted by many ANSPs, such as Eurocontrol.
As far as I know ATCOs retire when they become 60, at least this is for the men, not sure about the women though.
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Old 30th Sep 2019, 18:38
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Originally Posted by Mishelche
As far as I know ATCOs retire when they become 60, at least this is for the men, not sure about the women though.
There is no compulsory retirement age in the UK and NATS cannot and do not force anyone of either sex out due to their age.

If you are competent you can stay as long as you want.

However, most cut and run with their large pension pots as soon as financially viable, usually between 55 and 60.
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Old 30th Sep 2019, 20:07
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Thx for replying anyways
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Old 3rd Oct 2019, 11:28
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Hello

Iím due to take the Stage 3 on the 5th of November. Just received an email with a change of location. Looks like weíll take stage 3 at a hotel next door to NATS centre.
Anyone else on the same date?
(nervous) Cheers and see you there!
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 10:35
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Jack Francis clear your PMs (sent items count against your quota) and Iíll send you the WhatsApp info.
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 12:08
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Hi mate
Passed my stage 2 in May, if I remember it right. Looks like it takes about six months, at least, until the next stage.
All the best!
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 12:11
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Cool. Will do now.
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Old 13th Oct 2019, 14:54
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Cleared my inbox!
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Old 14th Oct 2019, 10:14
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Originally Posted by tf412
I think technically there's no upper age limit (in the UK at least) due to age discrimination laws. As far as I understand things, some (many?) ATCOs retire when they are in their late 50s (but I could be wrong about this), and you also need to factor in that it could be 2-3 years before you are validated. So, I'd say work out how many years that leaves you in between and decide if you think it's worth the investment in terms of time and money (because during the training years you have to get by on a very low salary). I'm in my late 30s... I'm not sure if that put me at the "older end of the age range" or not, as I know some trainees are older than me, but at the same time I'd never have been accepted by many ANSPs, such as Eurocontrol.
The typical age (and earliest) for retirement at the moment is 55. But this is because they have the old final salary pension and have pots worth millions. You (and I) won't have when we reach 55, so it won't be the norm for long.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 22:29
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Originally Posted by scottishstevie
Currently at CTC and there are a few older folk there. I know of a couple of guys who will be 40 in the next year and there was until recently a guy on one of the courses who was at the upper end of his 40s and possibly 50 Iím not 100% sure on his exact age. He was definitely up there though. Hope this helps
Might be me (47)...
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Old 6th Nov 2019, 18:37
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is anyone signing up for nats now as they are re open to candidates
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Old 6th Nov 2019, 19:13
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Originally Posted by GandalfGaming2144
is anyone signing up for nats now as they are re open to candidates
Are you sure?

Applications are still showing as closed for me.
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Old 6th Nov 2019, 19:20
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They just opened Early Career opportunities for students and graduates, internships and apprenticeships.
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Old 6th Nov 2019, 22:46
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Hi all, just a quick question - How long does the ATC recruitment process usually take? I'm currently in my second year of Uni and was just wondering if there's any point in applying if applications open up in the next few months or whether I should just wait until I'm in my final year? Thanks for the help
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