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Airways New Zealand ATC interview

Old 3rd Mar 2010, 02:06
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I'm not sure if its the aptitude testing and interview you are talking about? I went through the selection process just under a year ago.

Basically, after you complete the OPQ questionnaire (apparently only around 33% get through it), you are invited to complete 5 aptitude tests. Examples of these tests are found on the Airways website. You have to pass all 5 of these to proceed.

There is a short 15min interview after the 5 tests involving questions such as what do Airways do, what is your level of involvement in the aviation industry (I said enthusiast), etc etc. You then get invited to the assessment centre.

Hope this helps? If not, just ask.
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Old 7th Mar 2010, 07:56
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I would back up the comment that it isn't a guaranteed job, even if you pass all the exams.

A few years ago a bunch of trainees qualified but then found there were no vacancies. I believe this was due to the introduction of centralised approach meaning less contrlers were required.

I was given to understand Airways had to refund the course costs.

Still, at least they had licences so could tout their wares in Aus. Don'r know if a conversion course wold be required though.
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Old 7th Mar 2010, 09:31
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Ready entries

Do they have a sort of "ready entry" programm in New Zealand?
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Old 7th Mar 2010, 19:49
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Don't know what you mean by 'Ready Entry' - never heard of it. Ions ago there used to be the Cadetship or Direct Entry but these days you are either not a qualified ATCO and can apply to do the course or a qualified ATCO (non - Airways) who can apply for any of the advertised vacancies using the 'External Applicants' link on the job vacancy.

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You need to check your keyboard, you seem to be missing a few keys!
I would be interested in more info on the BUNCH of people a FEW years ago who didn't get jobs. I know of a FEW people a BUNCH of years ago!

Long ago, when you were accepted for Air Traffic Control training you were paid from the day you started your course at Christchurch. The 'College' now known as the 'Training Centre' would generally weed out those during the course who were not doing well, and those that succeeded were then sent to a domestic tower to train for completion of their ATCO license. Even having passed at the college, there was still the chance that one would not rate at his/her unit, thus not obtain their ATCO ticket and therefore have no job, however, the college did a pretty good job of weeding out the unsuitable trainees during their time there and generally once in the field a very high proportion successfully rated. I don't recall any course where there was a 100% pass rate at the 'College'.

When Airways decided to go to a self funding scheme many many moons ago the Training Centre suddenly had 100% pass rate and the students were then farmed out to the domestic towers to complete their training. So now it became the job, unfortuneatly, for the towers to start doing the job of what the college used to do. Not nice for all involved. Anyway, I digress and this is another topic in itself. Moving on with the short version, from the first course there was one person who was struggling at the operational training side ie. passed the college, sent to a tower to complete their training for the ATCO license. I believe their training was eventually terminated and Airways suddenly found themselves being threatened with a law suit - being that as someone had paid money to get an ATCO license, then they should get one! In my opinion, this took Airways by surprise and not the sort of thing they wanted to get involved in and so there was pressure to qualify those few from the first lot of courses identified as struggling, to pass them but not offer a position (avoid a lawsuit). In other words, under the old training system they would probably have had their training terminated. Remember, we are talking about the late 90's turn of the century here where all this self funding /student loan/ ISO9000 thingy was quite new to everyone. Since then it seems the training centre are moving back to the 'old' ways where some candidates are being terminated there.

Wetfeet - I think this is what you are referring to - some examples from 10-11 years ago. I am not aware of any recent (last few years) trainees not being given a position somewhere following successful completion. Your comment that moving the NZ radar system to one building in Christchurch caused a lack of vacancies - what a load of crap.

Reference the fees being returned - I don't know about that side of things or what the policy is. I do not know what happen re the fee's to those mentioned above (first couple of courses)
 
Old 26th Apr 2019, 07:49
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Hello
I'm looking for any updated information on the Interview process. I've made it through the online personality and aptitude testing, and have been invited to an interview day in June sometime.
Apart from learning the company and HR type questions, I was looking for any information from recent recruits about what else happens on the day.

Thanks!
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 07:23
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Experienced Air traffic controller Vacancy

Hi,

Do experienced Air traffic controllers from the UK who get a job offer in Auckland Radar Centre still need to pay for their training when they arrive in new zealand. And secondly, do Airways offer a relocation package from the uk to NZ?

Kind regards
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 20:52
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Saw your post in the NZ forum. Check your PM's
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 22:18
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Saw your post in the NZ forum. Check your PM's
thank you for your PM. I do appreciate it. For some reason i am unable to reply through PM.

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Old 3rd Jul 2019, 20:16
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Originally Posted by deepdiver81 View Post
Hi,

Do experienced Air traffic controllers from the UK who get a job offer in Auckland Radar Centre still need to pay for their training when they arrive in new zealand. And secondly, do Airways offer a relocation package from the uk to NZ?

Kind regards
I'd be interested to find that info out too.

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Old 4th Jul 2019, 11:34
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I'd be interested to find that info out too.

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Having just accepted an offer to relocate to Auckland from the UK I can tell you that there is no requirement to pay for training, you jump straight onto the Airways ATCO pay scale. You will also receive a relocation package to cover the costs of flights, furniture removal etc.
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Old 5th Jul 2019, 08:54
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Originally Posted by Irrilius View Post


Having just accepted an offer to relocate to Auckland from the UK I can tell you that there is no requirement to pay for training, you jump straight onto the Airways ATCO pay scale. You will also receive a relocation package to cover the costs of flights, furniture removal etc.
Congratulations!

Caveat Emptor.......
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Old 13th Jul 2019, 12:52
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Originally Posted by Irrilius View Post


Having just accepted an offer to relocate to Auckland from the UK I can tell you that there is no requirement to pay for training, you jump straight onto the Airways ATCO pay scale. You will also receive a relocation package to cover the costs of flights, furniture removal etc.
Hey there, current ATCO in Canada. What are the payscales for an IFR Approach controller?
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