Engineering Apprenticeship

The NATS Technology 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 training provider, and on-the-job training across a variety of engineering functional disciplines. The competency programme takes approx. 2 years to complete and builds on your technical skills, knowledge and transferable skills.

At the same time as working towards your vendor and professional qualifications, you will also undertake four, six month placements in different Engineering functions. After completing your apprenticeship, you will be allocated a permanent role and continue to learn your particular field of expertise.

We will encourage and support you to realise your potential. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from colleagues and gain insights that can only come from real world experience.

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 your apprenticeship you will study and gain vendor qualifications in:

  • Network Principles
  • Network Systems & Architecture
  • Microsoft Certified professional – Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Network Security
  • Microsoft MOC on Demand Course
  • L4 Apprenticeship in Network Engineering

Apprenticeship framework

l4 Apprenticeship in Network Engineering

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 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 May with a view to starting in the Summer.

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