Engineering Apprenticeship

The NATS Engineering Apprenticeship is designed to develop A-level, BTEC Level 3 (or equivalent) qualified people to be our Engineering Professionals of the future.

A superb opportunity to gain first-hand experience of engineering and exposure to the industry.

A superb opportunity to gain first-hand experience of engineering in industry.

How does the programme work?

The Programme is a combination of off-the-job training at a local college of further education, and on-the-job training across a variety of engineering functional disciplines. Working towards both practical and academic targets, this competency based programme takes 3 years to complete, building on your technical skills, knowledge and transferable skills.

During the first 18-24 months we will expect you to work towards holding your HNC and NVQ, whilst at the same time undertaking three, six month placements in different Engineering functions before you are allocated a permanent role. For the remaining time on the programme you will be learning your particular field of expertise and gaining qualifications to operate live Air-traffic control equipment.

Where do I study?

We will encourage and support you to realise your potential. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experience. During the first two years, you will be studying one day a week at our training provider working towards your NVQ & HNC in Electrical Engineering.

A typical apprenticeship for this opportunity will see you gain the following qualifications:

  • Year 1: NVQ Level 3 & HNC Engineering Systems/Electrical year 1
  • Year 2: HNC – Engineering Systems Mechanical / Electrical year 2
  • Year 3: Air Traffic Safety Electronics personnel (Level 4)

Apprenticeship framework

Engineering Manufacture (Craft and Technician)

What type of work will you be doing?

Based in the South Coast you will be working in either our Air Traffic Control Centre or the Corporate and Technical Centre in Hampshire. The role you will be fulfilling could be as varied as one day assisting in diagnosing a radar processing fault at the Swanwick ATC centre and the next day up a mountain in Scotland helping to fix part of a surveillance antenna!

You’ll be working alongside specialists in a range of fields, including:

  • Systems Engineers – responsible for designing, maintaining and upgrading many of our current and future assets, as well as overseeing quality and managing budgets.
  • Service Managers – part of our Operations Room management team, acting as a focal point for Air Traffic Control on all operational engineering.
  • Service Engineers – working 24/7 to deliver and maintain our operational systems and equipment.
  • Support Engineers – providing flexible system engineering support, including assigned maintenance, repair, modification and inspection on air traffic management systems.

You will also be expected to take part in additional activities in support of promoting NATS careers and Charitable projects to develop additional skills to those that can be learnt through college\placements.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from anyone who has a minimum of three A-levels, BTEC level 3 in engineering related fields (or equivalent) at grade A*-C or with most units at merit or above.

You should be an outstanding communicator, who is confident in your abilities and has a mature, proactive approach to work. We expect you to demonstrate strong problem-solving and decision-making skills, along with self motivation and a practical interest in engineering beyond your studies.

Our medical branch will test you for our general health and colour vision standards. You will need to be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance. As a company committed to talent, we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experience and perspectives.

How to apply

Applications for the scheme open in January and close late March. We encourage you to apply as early as possible, as places are limited. We’ll select you for the next stage on the basis of your initial online application, so please do take the time to sell yourself and answer all the questions to the best of your ability. If you’re successful, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre in April.

Structure of the assessment centre

Stage 1

After your initial application our training provider will invite potential candidates in for a discussion on the apprenticeship and carry-out English and Maths testing. If you are successful at this stage your application will be passed over to our Early Careers Manager for review

Stage 2

If successful at subsequent application review you will be invited to attend our assessment centre. There will be an initial welcome meeting with our graduate coordinator, as well as existing apprentices. It’s a chance to get the inside track and ask questions. The rest of the day consists of a group exercise to assess your team-working skills and a competency and knowledge-based interview.

If successful, you’ll receive your offer by early March with a view to starting in the Summer.

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