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Old 21st Mar 2020, 09:19
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Originally Posted by DruryC4
I had my stage 3 a week or so ago and got the phone call today to let me know Iíve been successful!

I was a little surprised to get the call given the current state of the industry, but over the moon to have made the cut!

They did say I probably wouldnít hear anything further now for a little while until things play out. Is anybody else in the same boat? Hope to see some of you in a few months time for training!
Congratulations! I had the same call yesterday, and exactly the same thoughts yesterday, so pleased. Hopefully see you for training!
(I had my Stage 3 in Jan, fingers crossed for everyone still waiting, good luck).
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Old 21st Mar 2020, 21:11
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[QUOTE=Martmart;10718928]Yeah me too. I had just boarded the plane when the email came through this morning. I was lucky they let me off the flight.[/QUOTE


Ohh damn was you going to the Heathrow one too ??

hopefully they reschedule soon, I was looking forward to it
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 07:55
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All external recruitment has now been suspended.
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Old 22nd Mar 2020, 19:47
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[QUOTE=Krissy9;10723399]
Originally Posted by Martmart
Yeah me too. I had just boarded the plane when the email came through this morning. I was lucky they let me off the flight.[/QUOTE


Ohh damn was you going to the Heathrow one too ??

hopefully they reschedule soon, I was looking forward to it
I was going to fly into Gatwick then get the train down to Fareham. Someone from NATS phone me later on that evening to make sure I got the email, they said we would still stay in the same pool of applicants and were hoping to reschedule as soon as possible.
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Old 24th Mar 2020, 11:00
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April 27th course has been postponed, I found this out last week. Not surprising at all. The email suggested a summer start but i am skeptical... this mess doesn't look a quick one to resolve unfortunately.

Fingers crossed we hear more soon. Handed in my notice last week and i am now without a job - although i am certainly not alone in this boat right now.
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Old 24th Mar 2020, 12:31
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news to all the prospective new ATCOs, but thereís not going to be any courses for a long time!

The industry is on its knees. Traffic numbers will not return to previous levels for a number of years. Thereís likely to be many voluntary redundancies offered.

We also need to factor in the number of UK expats in the middle and far east who will, very soon, be returning to these shores looking for jobs. A unit will always try to take a previously valid controller over an ab initio. Especially in the financially crippled future of civil aviation.

I hope Iím wrong, but it would be wise to keep your career options open if youíre relying on a NATS cadetship.
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Old 24th Mar 2020, 12:34
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I understand this - but a phone call from NATS two days ago suggested otherwise? They also offered people jobs two/three days ago also - so is this a hunch from yourself or have you categorically been told that courses won't be happening 'for a long time?'
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Old 24th Mar 2020, 14:36
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The only official notice is that all external recruitment is suspended. Well, thereís lots of other cutbacks too but not for discussion here.

Iím just speaking from many years experience in the company. Weíve seen multi-year stoppages on ab initio training before, and not for anything nearly as bad as this!
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Old 2nd May 2020, 01:09
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I was told it may be rescheduled for September times

[QUOTE=Martmart;10724392][QUOTE=Krissy9;

I was going to fly into Gatwick then get the train down to Fareham. Someone from NATS phone me later on that evening to make sure I got the email, they said we would still stay in the same pool of applicants and were hoping to reschedule as soon as possible.[/QUOTE]
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Old 2nd May 2020, 09:07
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Originally Posted by Krissy9
I was told it may be rescheduled for September times
have you had any recent correspondence from NATS regarding this? And are you referring to your stage 3 assessment date being rescheduled or your course start date?

my course start date was due to start last Monday and Iím still waiting for official correspondence regarding whatís going to happen.

i would be grateful if you could shed light on any conversations youíve had with NATS, feel free to PM me with any names. Thank you
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Old 2nd May 2020, 11:19
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Hi this is in regards to my stage 3 assessment it was supposed to be in March. They said it is likely that it will be rescheduled in September.


This was a week or so after lockdown was announced
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Old 2nd May 2020, 12:01
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Has anyone else heard from NATS during the lockdown period? My last correspondence was 6 weeks ago informing me that they will aim to resume in 'the summer'. I've sent two emails to two of my course contacts but heard nothing in reply - my immediate guess is they've been furloughed, my second guess is that they simply don't know yet.

Be interesting if anyone else has had any more recent contact from NATS regarding recruitment.
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Old 2nd May 2020, 23:04
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At this time in ATC we don't know when all the operational controllers will fully return, never mind trainees.
It's impossible to make a realistic prediction at this stage.
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Old 6th May 2020, 16:24
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Help with application

Hey guys. Not new to pprune but new to asking questions lol. Iím about to start the application process for NATS to be an ATC. Is there any online competency tests I can have a look at before actually starting the application? I realise this question has probably been answered a million times but I genuinely canít find an answer. Thanks in advance to any replies
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Old 7th May 2020, 11:09
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Originally Posted by Christopher Murphy
Hey guys. Not new to pprune but new to asking questions lol. Iím about to start the application process for NATS to be an ATC. Is there any online competency tests I can have a look at before actually starting the application? I realise this question has probably been answered a million times but I genuinely canít find an answer. Thanks in advance to any replies
As far as i am aware, new applications are currently closed and have been for some time (around 6 months before Covid-19). You can register your interest on the NATS website but won't be able to submit an application unfortunately. I am in the pool of individuals who've passed stage 3 and now awaiting a decision on my future from NATS. My course should have started two weeks ago, worst timing in the world, but hopefully good news will be round the corner. I don't mind waiting longer to start, a job for life is worth that wait.

In terms of preparing for stage 1, whenever this may be, you're best of looking at logical reasoning and spatial awareness info online. I'll be honest, they're difficult to revise and you will see what I mean when you research. But sadly, be prepared to wait, just like the rest of us.
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Old 7th May 2020, 11:35
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So Iíve received word I can do my stage one just now. Iím just looking for some help regarding what to expect if that makes sense. I started stage 1 last year but due to personal reasons was unable to complete it so itís a year on now and Iíve received confirmation I can apply again






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As far as i am aware, new applications are currently closed and have been for some time (around 6 months before Covid-19). You can register your interest on the NATS website but won't be able to submit an application unfortunately. I am in the pool of individuals who've passed stage 3 and now awaiting a decision on my future from NATS. My course should have started two weeks ago, worst timing in the world, but hopefully good news will be round the corner. I don't mind waiting longer to start, a job for life is worth that wait.

In terms of preparing for stage 1, whenever this may be, you're best of looking at logical reasoning and spatial awareness info online. I'll be honest, they're difficult to revise and you will see what I mean when you research. But sadly, be prepared to wait, just like the rest of us.
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Old 7th May 2020, 21:29
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Expect logical reasoning tests, spatial awareness tests, scrub up on basic numeracy too! But give these a google and there are plenty of examples. Unfortunately I canít really help more than that due to instructions from NATS.

May I ask who contacted you to inform you to start your stage 1 and when did you hear from them? Thanks
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Old 13th May 2020, 20:59
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[QUOTE=idloveit;10770454]I've sent two emails to two of my course contacts but heard nothing in reply - my immediate guess is they've been furloughed, my second guess is that they simply don't know yet.QUOTE]
What's the job title of the person you're talking to (should be in the footer of their e-mail).
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Old 13th May 2020, 22:14
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Originally Posted by WoopWoopPushDown
What's the job title of the person you're talking to (should be in the footer of their e-mail).
Talent Acquisition Adviser and Human Resources.

How come you ask?
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Old 13th May 2020, 22:48
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Originally Posted by idloveit
Talent Acquisition Adviser and Human Resources.

How come you ask?
Just wondering, as I know a lot of the HR staff are on furlough, including all of the talent acquisition coordinators.
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