Project Management Graduate Scheme

If you’re looking to make the most of your project management, business, science or engineering degree, then our Graduate Scheme is an excellent next step.

Project Management

Hands-on experience of an advanced project management environment in our scheme.

The scheme will give you first-class technical and interpersonal skills, along with invaluable hands-on experience of an advanced project management environment. You’ll also gain broad industry exposure and a well-rounded knowledge of Air Traffic Control.

How does it work?

We’ll give you exposure to a variety of different and complex projects at various stages of their lifecycle. Some you’ll see from start to finish. You’ll have the opportunity to manage key elements of these projects with real deadlines and budgets. As a result, you’ll develop quickly and get to grips with the technical aspects of our business.

Training & development

Our structured training programme will teach you the skills and project management practices that will form the bedrock for your future career. We’ll also actively encourage you to become a member of the APM (Association of Project Management).

You will experience life as a Project Manager in NATS – building an understanding of the interactions with other departments such as Legal, Procurement and Finance. There’s also an opportunity to become familiar with project planning across a wide range of projects.

You might be visiting Air Traffic Control Centres, airports, remote engineering sites and other sites owned by commercial customers – both in the UK and overseas. There will also be an element of formal, classroom-based courses aimed at developing your softer skills, including presentation skills, influencing skills and effective writing.

But not everything is set in stone. We believe choice is important, so you’ll get the chance to shape the structure of the training scheme for yourself and future students through our graduate forum.


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?

You’ll need a 2:1 honours degree at Bachelor level or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, along with strong technical knowledge and good analytical ability.

An outstanding communicator and problem solver, you’ll be confident in your abilities and have a mature, proactive approach to your work. We also look for leadership skills, commitment drive and energy.

Our medical branch will test you for your general health and colour vision standards. You will also be security cleared.

How to apply

Although applications for the scheme open in October and close in mid-January, 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 December or February.

Structure of the assessment centre

The day consists of a group exercise to assess your team-working skills, a competency and knowledge-based interview, as well as a presentation to senior managers.

If you’re successful, you’ll receive your offer by early March before starting in August.

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