If you’re a highly numerate undergraduate who’s completed your second year at university, this scheme is an ideal opportunity to gain experience of international air traffic management research.
Working with a range of bespoke tools and programs, you’ll get a great head start for your final year a university and future career.
What does it involve?
You will be given the opportunity to work on a variety of analysis projects for our internal and external customers. From the start, you’ll be expected to perform robust analysis, meet deadlines and take responsibility for conducting many key departmental tasks. Under supervision, you’ll be given the chance to manage your own projects and time, ensuring that you become a valuable member of the Analytics department.
Training & development
As a self-motivated student, you’ll be encouraged to get as much out of the year as possible by developing mathematical and statistical analytical skills, using a range of IT and programming packages. You’ll also have the opportunity to write reports and present the results of your work to customers and colleagues.
You will receive on-the-job training for specific work areas, giving context to your tasks and allowing you to learn how analytical techniques are used in practice. Analytics staff have a range of technical backgrounds, from mathematics and statistics to computing and aerospace engineering, so there are always plenty of people for you to learn from.
Where might it lead?
Your placement, alongside your degree qualification, will help prepare you to begin a research analyst role in industry. Over time, you tend to specialise in an area of a business and focus on that one stream of analysis, but the skills you develop are highly sought-after and can lead to opportunities right across a business.
NATS has a very team-oriented culture which thrives on everyone working together and supporting each other. That’s why we work in open plan offices to allow easy interaction, which in turn creates a more relaxed environment. Everyone is friendly, welcoming and always happy to help.
Who can apply?
Our structured industrial placements are open to those studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a numerate, science-based or analytical discipline.
In terms of your skills and strengths, we look for excellent interpersonal and IT skills, an analytical background, attention to detail, drive and commitment.
Our medical branch will test you for your general health. You will also be security cleared.
How to apply
Although applications for the scheme open in October and close at the end of November, 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 your application is successful, we’ll invite you to one of our assessment centres, which take place in December.
Structure of assessment centre
You’ll start by attending a welcome meeting with our graduate coordinator, graduates and placement students, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get the inside track on what it’s like to work here.
The rest of the day consists of a group exercise to assess your team-working skills, along with a competency and knowledge-based interview. During the group exercise, you will be provided with a scenario and asked to discuss and solve a problem as a group.
In the personal and technical interview, you will get the chance to tell the NATS assessors about yourself and why you want to work for NATS. This interview will focus on situations in which you have demonstrated particular competencies. There will also be technical questions to assess how you tackle analytical problems.
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