NATS launches apprentice scheme

12 January 2015

Air traffic control company NATS is hoping to say ‘you’re hired’ to the next generation of engineering talent as it opens its first ever apprenticeship scheme.

The three and a half year programme will see young engineers getting to grips with the technology that underpins some of the world’s busiest and most complex airspace, all while working towards real qualifications and earning a salary.

The scheme is open to applications from today (12 January) until the end of March, after which a series of interviews and assessments will help identify the successful entrants. Training then begins in August at NATS’ Fareham head office ahead of on the job training covering a range of subjects from designing future technologies through to radar maintenance.


NATS’ apprentice scheme is being run in partnership with CEMAST – Fareham College’s specialist engineering centre – and is open to applicants aged 18-24 with a minimum of three A-levels or a BTEC level 3, or equivalent, in an engineering related field.

By the end of the programme, successful apprentices will be fully qualified air traffic engineers and will be guaranteed a job within the NATS engineering team.

David Hawken, NATS Operations Engineering Director, said: “Our new apprenticeship scheme is a win-win for everyone involved. Not only is it a compelling alternative to university for young people, it will also help us identify and nurture the engineering talent of the future.”

There are a minimum of four positions available this year, but with possibility of more depending on demand and the quality of the applicants.

More details on the NATS apprenticeship are available here.

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