Excellent early career opportunities
Discover your potential
At NATS we have plenty to offer. All of our roles are designed with you in mind.
We are committed to ongoing training and development and offer a multitude of employee benefits, opportunities for professional qualifications and a friendly working environment so you can advance your career whilst shaping the future of aviation.
We are proud of the recognition our career schemes have received and aim to continue to deliver award winning experiences for our people.
Women of NATS
Recently we spoke to a panel of NATS employees about their experiences as women in STEM, their journeys into our business and what their fascinating roles entail day-to-day.
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Early Careers 22
Early Careers 22 - our Virtual Exhibition for students and graduates - is now open. Explore the exhibition to learn more about our business, meet some of our people and better understand the opportunities that may suit you.
Schemes for different career stages
Whether you're looking for a placement while studying at university, a recent graduate wanting to put your skills into practice or a school leaver on the search for an apprenticeship or work experience, NATS has the perfect opportunity...
What we're looking for
We are looking for individuals who share our purpose to advance aviation and keep the skies safe. We provide answers to the critical issues faced by the aviation industry around the world – such as cost-efficiency, environment and data use – and have built our reputation on delivering a first rate, safe and efficient service.
In order to deliver these services we need a wide variety of people with different skills and backgrounds, whether you are working in our operational, technical, programme or corporate areas.
Do you have the drive, curiosity, and willingness to learn? Can you help us solve problems and create innovative solutions that keep NATS at the forefront of the aviation industry? Do you want to gain insight into the critical processes and practices underpinning an effective business?
In return, we offer top of the range training and development, opportunities for professional qualifications, advanced technologies, a multitude of employee benefits and a friendly, modern working environment; so you can advance your career whilst shaping the future of the aviation industry.
What’s in it for you?
At NATS, there is respect, inclusivity, and support. Your colleagues will always be happy to help, support your learning and provide plenty of opportunities in the business to get involved in what interests you. NATS has an agile working environment, with working hours that promote an excellent work-life balance.
You will be provided with an induction timetable before you join. As an early careers cohort, you will have your IS (Information Services) and security passes set up and be introduced to our offices and IT. You will also have introductory sessions to all areas of the business, the opportunity to meet members of the NATS executive over lunch, and some other fun activities along the way!
Each student will be given a technical and leadership learning pathway, with the opportunity to then apply for new positions across the business via our internal careers site.
Once you join you will have access to our My Rewards site, where you can select your benefits. Some of the options include: Private medical insurance with BUPA, Vodafone discount, Gym memberships, Travel discount and Food intolerance and allergy testing. You will also be eligible to join the NATS pension scheme which offers a highly competitive rate of employer matching.
You will need to obtain Medical clearance, complete Referencing with Giant Screening and complete a UK Government Security Vetting Application. These enquiries will start once you have returned your offer pack. For those who have lived overseas for more than 6 months in the past 5 years, there will be additional requirements for your UK Security Vetting application, these will be communicated to you once you accept your offer.
NATS welcomes applications from all candidates, however as a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) approved sponsor, we have a responsibility to comply with the Immigration Rules and guidance. As such, our ability to employ individuals who require sponsorship for immigration purposes (e.g., via the Skilled Worker Visa route) is limited and therefore not all roles will be eligible for sponsorship and we cannot guarantee that any application made to UKVI will be successful. Eligibility will therefore be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Prospective applicants can only apply for one scheme. If there is more than one scheme that interests you, please email [email protected] stating the scheme that you have applied to and any others you'd like to be considered for.
Extensive internal training will be provided to all schemes. Some schemes will also have a professional qualification pathway associated.
Stage 1 and 2 tests
Providing you are eligible to work in the UK you will be invited to online testing as follows:
Depending on the scheme you are applying for, you’ll be required to take a series of online tests which will give us an insight into your skills and capabilities in certain areas.
You will be asked to complete an online personality questionnaire which will help us understand a little bit more about you.
Upon successful completion of stages 1 & 2, your application will be reviewed by our hiring team.
We will let you know if you’ve been selected to attend an Assessment Centre (virtual only). Assessment centres typically comprise of an interview and/or a group exercise.
If you are not selected on this occasion, we will let you know by email.
The schemes are based at our Head Office in Whiteley (Hampshire), however we have adopted ‘agile working’ which will enable you, where possible, to have the opportunity and flexibility to work in our modern office facilities as well as at home.
This is scheme dependant.
Due to the safety critical nature of the work that we do, you must be at least 18 years old to apply for our apprenticeships.
Applications for our Early Careers Schemes will be closing in mid-November 2022. Assessment Centres will typically be run throughout December 2022 – March 2023 and successful students will start in September 2023.
Following application, candidates will have seven days to complete stage 1 testing, and then if successful, another 7 days to complete stage 2.
Please note: NATS reserves the right to close any campaign early where sufficient applications have been received and therefore early application is advised
Yes, the Early Careers Students can get involved in a range of activities other than their day job including Charity Fundraising and Early Careers Conferences. More details on extra-curricular activities at NATS can be found here.
Yes, all Early Careers Students will have the offer of a Buddy who has previously been on the scheme, a Mentor from another area of the business and the Early Careers Development Manager who oversees the scheme.
At the end of your scheme you will be required to complete an evaluation board, and providing you pass this, you will be offered a permanent position. All details of this will be laid out in your contract.