Operations Safety & Assurance - Apprenticeship

We're looking for an Operations Safety & Assurance Apprentice to work as part of our Early Careers team at Whiteley. Please read the job description below and if it sounds like you, why not apply?

Department - Early Careers
Location - Whiteley
Post type - Early Career
Salary - £28,000
Closing date - 13 November 2022

Who are NATS?

NATS is the UK’s leading Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). Every year we handle 2.6 million flights and keep 250 million passengers safe whilst in UK airspace. We provide air traffic management (ATM) services to 13 airports in the UK as well as Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America.

We’re shaping the future of ATM through our focus on ‘advancing aviation and keeping the skies safe’ and believe that the size and diversity of our business makes us an exciting choice for undergraduates considering their future careers.

What will the Operations Safety and Assurance Apprenticeship involve?

Our company’s purpose is to advance aviation and keep the skies safe. It is people that create safety, so for us to fulfil our purpose, each of us must be safe in everything we do. This role is a very exciting opportunity for someone seeking the first step in their career.

The Operations Safety and Assurance team focus on current air traffic management performance and investigations, development and assurance of future methods, as well as compliance with regulation and standards. The team provide assurance to the business that the air traffic management service delivered by NATS is safe today and will remain so tomorrow.

Safety is central to everything we do at NATS every day. The teams have a critical part to play in ensuring safety culture and ways of working remain firmly embedded across our business and wider organisation.

This apprenticeship will be part of the team that analyse and report on company safety performance and be part of setting NATS future safety plans.

The purpose of the role is to plan, execute, and report on assigned technical tasks, providing specific scientific, technical or analytical expertise. These exciting assignments will be based on providing assurance that new airspace, new technology changes or new ground-breaking air traffic control research concepts are safe and fit for purpose for our operation. You will work with air traffic controllers, researchers and engineers to develop these interesting and important changes for our future ATC operation.

The successful candidates will, in addition to being part of the team in this area, be expected to bring the theoretical knowledge gained on the apprenticeship to validate current practices and suggest improvements based upon latest academic thinking to the work of the department.

The scheme is based at our Swanwick Centre (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. In addition, this exciting 2 year programme will involve some travel from time to time to our Head Office in Whiteley (Hampshire) and our Prestwick Centre (Ayrshire).

Why choose NATS?

You’ll be working at the heart of our organisation, alongside other Graduates, Undergraduate Students and Professionals. You’ll gain valuable insight into our business and make a tangible contribution to our success. We are committed to your personal and professional development and will help you achieve your goals.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for driven, proactive and committed individuals who will embrace the challenging targets that we’ve set ourselves over the next few years. One thing is clear to us; we can only achieve these targets through our people. We’ll be leading the way technically, operationally, commercially and politically and you can help us shape the future.

Desired Skills:

You will have the ability to produce well documented, high quality technical work, and judge when work is of a sufficient standard. Good communication and presentation skills to peers and managers.

You will be a clear thinker, who can work within a team, communicate with other team members and work independently, where required, to a timescale.

Desired Qualifications:

You’ll need to have achieved a minimum of 2:2 in a numerate degree (which could be scientific, technical, aviation or business oriented).

You’ll also need to pass NATS pre-employment security clearance checks.

What’s in it for you?

  • Competitive salary - £28,000 per annum
  • 28 days of holiday entitlement plus Bank Holidays
  • Market-leading defined contribution pension scheme
  • Opportunity to study for a fully-funded professional qualification (where applicable)

For more information on the benefits we offer, please visit https://www.nats.aero/careers/early-careers/

Diversity and Inclusion at NATS

We celebrate the diversity of our colleagues. We thrive because we are all brilliantly different yet united in our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe. For more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit: https://www.nats.aero/careers/why-nats/

If you share our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe – we would like to hear from you whatever your age, sex, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, visible or invisible disability. Individuals that bring different perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds help us be at the forefront of our industry.

We want you to be able to perform at your best, so please email [email protected] if you’d like to discuss any reasonable adjustments.

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