Trainee Air Traffic Controllers
A different puzzle everyday
Every day, our Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) use their intensive training
and brilliant problem-solving skills to keep everything running smoothly in the
‘motorways in the sky’ – whatever unforeseen events unfold. We’re NATS,
and every year, we handle the flights carrying over 250 million passengers in
What does an ATCO do?
Working in a team of specialists, our ATCOs keep up to 25 aircraft safe and
moving – not only as they take off and land, but throughout their journey in
UK airspace. Constantly in communication with their pilots, and using the
very latest technology they track the skies and monitor other relevant data on
the screens in front of them to keep the planes a safe distance apart,
reacting swiftly to rapidly changing events, from loss of cabin pressure to
What does our traineeship involve?
Our intensive traineeship takes around three years. The first nine months will
see you training on simulators and studying relevant subjects from
meteorology to law. You’ll then join us gaining live experience in an Ops
room. Once validated as an ATCO, you’ll be earning upwards of £50,000.
What’s more, as well as having the opportunity to work at any of the NATS
13 UK airports and two central Ops rooms, you could develop your career –
and the science of controlling air traffic – across 30 other countries
What will I need?
A passion for the job, resilience, a calm nature, good powers of
concentration, strong spatial awareness, and of course, good problem
solving skills. You’ll also need to pass a medical. In terms of qualifications,
you’ll need at least 5 GCSEs (although many people who join us have A
levels and degrees, too).
For more information, please click the ‘Apply’ button.