Training to be an
Air Traffic Controller
A career where the sky really is the limit...
24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year, our Air Traffic Controllers help keep aircraft flying, passengers travelling, cargo moving and the skies above us safe.
To be a Controller you’ll need a specific set of skills, a calm nature and a healthy dose of self-resilience.
But if you have what it takes and commit 100% to your training, an amazing career awaits you.
Inside Heathrow Tower at dusk
Training at our Prestwick Centre
Views from our Controllers
Meet some of our Controllers and hear them speak about the job - the career opportunies, the work-life balance and the 'buzz'!
Our Controllers discuss what makes a good Air Traffic Controller and the options open to you as you progress in the profession.
Our Controllers discuss the pace, challenge, enjoyment and satisfaction they get from the job.
Our Controllers discuss the work-life balance including shifts, holidays, flexibility, friendships and pay!
Our amazing everyday
A number of our people - including Controllers - discuss the pride and satisfaction they feel from helping to keep our skies safe everyday.
Training at our College in Hampshire
Salary and benefits
On joining as a Trainee Air Traffic Controller, you’ll get a basic salary of £17,000, along with an attractive benefits package. This will include everything from a contributory pension scheme and generous annual leave to a whole host of voluntary benefits and family friendly policies.
Because we recognise the costs associated with accommodation when you’re training, we also provide a weekly payment of £60* to help you cover your expenses. You may also be eligible to claim a further £1,000* on completion of your initial college-based training (subject to conditional criteria).
Once you’ve completed and passed all of your training (college and unit), your salary will rise to £37,014* – £41,253* and, with increments, you could potentially earn over £100,000* (inclusive of shift pay) at some of our busiest units.
Our standard annual leave arrangements are 28 days per year plus public holidays. More detailed information on benefits will be provided when you join us.
*At 2018 rates.
Controlling at Stansted
Inside our Digital Tower facility
Working towards an apprenticeship
We are currently applying to make part of our Air Traffic Control training an accredited Apprenticeship scheme. Should we be successful, candidates will not only be trained to be competent as Air Traffic Controllers, but will also get a L5 recognised apprenticeship qualification.
In addition to ATC technical skills, the apprenticeship will develop your professional and personal skills in areas such as problem solving, teamwork and communication. The skills, knowledge and behaviours learnt as part of the apprenticeship are as valuable outside of NATS as they are inside.
Ready to apply?
If you’ve read the information provided here, checked your eligibility and are interested in a career as an Air Traffic Controller, then hit the button below to begin the registration process.