Project Management placement
Are you studying project management, business, science or engineering? If so, it’s important to make the most of your industrial placement year.
Our Project Management scheme will provide you with invaluable hands-on experience and industry exposure, as well as a chance to build your technical and interpersonal skills.
We’ll not only help you develop professionally and give you a well-rounded understanding of air traffic control, but we’ll also reward you with a competitive salary.
How does it work?
You’ll have exposure to a number of different projects at different stages of their lifecycle. Some you’ll see from start to finish. As you help to manage key elements of projects with real deadlines and budgets, you’ll grapple with complex challenges and develop quickly.
Training & development
We offer a structured training programme and hope that by the end of the year, you’ll be able to pass APMIC – the introductory certificate of the Association of Project Management. In the meantime, you’ll be experiencing life as a Project Manager at NATS and learning about the interactions with other departments such as Legal, Procurement and Finance.
You can expect to visit customer sites – air traffic control centres, airports, remote engineering sites and other commercial customer sites – both here and overseas. We’ll also offer you some formal, classroom-based courses to develop your softer skills.
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 should be working towards a 2:1 honours degree at Bachelor’s level or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, along with strong technical knowledge and good analytical skills.
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. 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 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.
Graduates Our Direct Entry Graduate Programmes provide opportunities for those with Engineering and Project Management related degrees.
Engineering Technician Scheme Our IET approved scheme is open to those who have a BTEC ND/HNC/HND with the majority of level 3 units at either merit or distinction.