Early careers

If you’re just about to embark on your career journey, NATS has two possible routes that you can take. We offer structured development programmes for University students on a sandwich year (Industrial Placements) and Graduates (Graduate Programme).

Apprenticeship and Engineering Technician

Our Apprenticeship and Engineering Technician opportunities are perfect for those who are looking to earn money as they gain new qualifications.

Apprenticeships are open to everyone and span the breadth of our business. We look for candidates from a range of backgrounds with varying qualifications.

The Engineering Technician scheme is a pathway of learning that is unique to NATS. We take those that hold a level 4 or HNC in an Engineering field and give you the relevant training to become a fully qualified engineer.


Industrial Placements

Our Industrial Placements are designed for students in their second year at university, who are looking for a sandwich year opportunity.

You’ll find that you’re right at the heart of our organisation, working alongside our graduates and other business professionals, and as a result, you’ll gain a great insight into our organisation and market place.


Our Graduate Programme is open to applicants who have completed their degree. The two-year programme provides a clear route for progression and development.

You can extend the knowledge you’ve gained whilst studying, while at the same time having the opportunity to put the theory into practice alongside experienced colleagues.

Programme areas

NATS’ Industrial Placement and Graduate schemes are designed to provide a stimulating experience for highly motivated students, to give insight into the world of aviation.

There are two programmes that you can choose from below.

Our Business programme covers:

  • Swanwick Development
  • Project Management
  • Commercial Strategy
  • Supply Chain
  • Finance
  • Business Management
  • Strategy Design
  • Training & Simulation

Our Technical programme covers:

  • Regulation & Compliance
  • Information Solutions
  • Swanwick Development
  • Safety & Investigations
  • External Safety
  • Safety & Assurance
  • Safety, Performance & Investigation
  • Analytics
  • Engineering & Technology

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What we're looking for:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to connect with others and develop lasting relationships
  • Resilience to challenges
  • Curiosity and innovation
  • Creative problem solving
  • Commitment and determination
  • Working towards a minimum of 2:1 in a relevant degree
  • A demonstrable interest in the field outside of your studies
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In return for your hard work we offer a range of benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • A generous defined contribution pension that is flexible to suit you along with Life Assurance (Graduate programme only)
  • Relocation assistance (Graduate programme only)
  • 28 days of holiday entitlement with Bank Holidays on top
  • Pastoral care from the Early Careers team
  • Support and funding towards professional accreditations
  • On the job learning from some of the most senior experts in the industry
  • Involvement in a early careers student led project
  • A popular buddy support system to help you feel comfortable from day one
  • Social activities such as a wide range of sports teams and an onsite gym
  • Free fruit, subsidised food and Costa coffee
  • The chance to get involved with lots of charity events - NATS heavily engages with different charities every year
  • A modern, comfortable environment
  • Access to voluntary benefits and discounts to make your money go further

Application Process

Applications open in October 2018. If you are eligible, you'll be asked to take some general mental ability tests. Based on your performance in these, you may then be invited to an Assessment centre commencing December 2018. Successful candidates will then be notified within 2 weeks of assessment centre attendance with the role staring in Summer 2019.

Online application process

Online application

Opens in October, closes early January

General mental ability testing

Verbal, numerical.

Assessment centre

Takes place in February and consists of a group exercise to assess your team-working skills and a competency and knowledge-based interview, as well as a presentation to engineering managers.

Successful offer

Usually by early March with a view to starting in the Summer

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