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Hi to whoever is reading this , i'm currently panicking about not being able to achieve my (current) dream job which is becoming an ATC. I want to apply with NATS due to their highly beneficial program and good reputation but im worried about their acceptance rates and just what skills you need to be accepted on their program, i have been on their website which at first glance appears to give you all the information that you could possibly want when deciding whether to apply or not, sadly i need lots more information on this career to make my decision! So if anyone has any information on this subject, helpful advice or even questions of their own concerning this topic please reply to this.

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Hi to whoever is reading this , i'm currently panicking about not being able to achieve my (current) dream job which is becoming an ATC. I want to apply with NATS due to their highly beneficial program and good reputation but im worried about their acceptance rates and just what skills you need to be accepted on their program, i have been on their website which at first glance appears to give you all the information that you could possibly want when deciding whether to apply or not, sadly i need lots more information on this career to make my decision! So if anyone has any information on this subject, helpful advice or even questions of their own concerning this topic please reply to this.

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There's always the RAF if eligible. https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/r...ations-control

As to your worries, yeah, the acceptance rate and quotas might be low, like many Apprenticeships are too. All you can do is work on becoming the best candidate you can be, preparing properly and making an impression on the interviews.
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Hi to whoever is reading this , i'm currently panicking about not being able to achieve my (current) dream job which is becoming an ATC. I want to apply with NATS due to their highly beneficial program and good reputation but im worried about their acceptance rates and just what skills you need to be accepted on their program, i have been on their website which at first glance appears to give you all the information that you could possibly want when deciding whether to apply or not, sadly i need lots more information on this career to make my decision! So if anyone has any information on this subject, helpful advice or even questions of their own concerning this topic please reply to this.

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Look into working at your local airport / airfield and getting some experience in the tower. NATS isn't the only way in.
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Hi to whoever is reading this , i'm currently panicking about not being able to achieve my (current) dream job which is becoming an ATC. I want to apply with NATS due to their highly beneficial program and good reputation but im worried about their acceptance rates and just what skills you need to be accepted on their program, i have been on their website which at first glance appears to give you all the information that you could possibly want when deciding whether to apply or not, sadly i need lots more information on this career to make my decision! So if anyone has any information on this subject, helpful advice or even questions of their own concerning this topic please reply to this.

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As with most careers, you will never really know what it's like until you try. Have a think about getting some experience in the field, organising that yourself would be a great discussion point. But don't narrow your opportunities, consider different routes too. The RAF have Air Traffic Controllers, as do the Navy, they also work alongside NATS. But also, you have your local airfields, small airport, or flying clubs sites, look about.

Now, that's not me saying hey, give up on NATS, but more go about making yourself a candidate they would want to hire. Give the application process a go now, you have nothing to loose, if unsuccessful, get some feedback and get some experience. That will hopefully help with your worries too, with the experience you'll have a better understanding of the job.

Worrying about acceptance rates will only make you more anxious about the whole process, although I'm sure it is interesting to know. Be the best you can be, prepare hard and hope it all pays off.
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Hi, I am an air traffic controller with NATS. What would you like to know?
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Hi, I am an air traffic controller with NATS. What would you like to know?
Hi I've got a few questions if you dont mind:

1) Do you know if NATS is opening applications for trainee ATCs for this academic year?
2)How stressful would you say the job is (I've heard various different opinions about this)
3)What are your usual work hours during the day (I've heard you work 90 minutes on 30 minutes off)

Any other advice about applications and what they look for would also be much appreciated.
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hi therei don't think they are doing any recruitment this academic year. I emailed NATS a couple months ago and asked if they were going to open for recruitment because i have been waiting for about a year and a half now, they got back to me and said because of COVID-19 they had to delay their recruitment process as they do not need anyone right now. There is a alternative however, eurocontrol. I've been looking into it and they apparently also provide ATC training for free for people from Europe and they're taking applications right now. the requirements are pretty much the same but they do require a levels instead of gcse and its preferable if one of the a levels is maths.
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