Early Careers 22

Discover your potential

A warm welcome

Welcome and thank you for visiting us. Through this website and virtual exhibition you can find out about the Early Careers Schemes that we are recruiting for between now and February 13 2022 with a view to successful applicants starting with us in September 22. 

Our schemes span four business areas; Safety & Cyber, People & Transformation, Finance & Analytics and Engineering & Technology. Here you can find out all about the schemes and our company. If any of schemes sounds of interest, please do consider applying on our company website

Scheme areas

Safety &

Safety is at the heart of what we do and who we are

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People &

Our people are critical to the evolution of the aviation industry

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Finance &

The processes and practices underpinning an effective business

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Engineering &

Where the future of Air Traffic Management solutions come to life

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What we're looking for

We are looking for individuals who share our purpose to advance aviation and keep the skies safe.  

We provide answers to the critical issues faced by the aviation industry around the world – such as cost-efficiency, environment and data use – and have built our reputation on delivering a first rate, safe and efficient service. 

In order to deliver these services we need a wide variety of people with different skills and backgrounds, whether you are working in our operational, technical, programme or corporate areas.

Do you have the drive, curiosity, and willingness to learn? Can you help us solve problems and create innovative solutions that keep NATS at the forefront of the aviation industry?  Do you want to gain insight into the critical processes and practices underpinning an effective business?   

In return, we offer top of the range training and development, opportunities for professional qualifications, advanced technologies, a multitude of employee benefits and a friendly, modern working environment; so you can advance your career whilst shaping the future of the aviation industry.

What's in it for you


A competitive base salary that’s regularly reviewed


28 days of holiday entitlement with Bank Holidays on top

Pension scheme

Market-leading defined contribution pension scheme


Potential to study for a fully funded professional qualification

Agile working

The opportunity to work flexibly in our modern office facilities as well as at home


On the job learning with some of the most senior experts in the industry

Buddy system

A popular buddy support system to help you feel comfortable from day one

Sports & social

Social activities such as a wide range of sports teams and an onsite gym

Subsidised catering

Onsite subsidised catering facilities and Costa coffee

Health & wellbeing

Resources and programmes to support your physical, mental and financial wellbeing

Charity activities

Opportunities to support charity events and enrol in our payroll-giving scheme. We heavily engage with different charities every year

Benefits & discounts

A wide range of benefits including an employee share plan and voluntary benefits and discounts via our online platform

Application process

  • 1

    Nov 21 - Feb 22 : Register & apply online

    Upload your CV.

    Complete the application form. You’ll be asked some questions about you, your experience and why you want to join NATS. You’ll also need to confirm your Right to Work in the UK.

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

    The deadline for completion is February 13.

  • 2

    Nov 21 - Feb 22 : Stage 1 and 2 tests

    Providing you are eligible to work in the UK you will be invited to online testing as follows: 

    Stage 1

    Depending on the scheme you are applying for, you’ll be required to take a series of online tests which will give us an insight into your skills and capabilities in certain areas. You will have seven days to complete the stage 1 tests.

    Stage 2

    If you successfully pass stage 1, you will then be asked to complete an online personality questionnaire which will help us understand a little bit more about you. You will have seven days to complete stage 2. 

    The deadline for completion is February 13.

  • 3

    Feb 22 - Mar 22 : Assessment Centre

    Upon successful completion of stages 1 & 2, your application will be reviewed by our hiring team. 

    We will let you know if you’ve been selected to attend an Assessment Centre (this may be virtual or in-person at one of our sites). Assessment centres typically comprise of an interview and/or a group exercise.

    If you are not selected on this occasion, we will let you know by email. 

  • 4

    Apr 22 - Jun 22 : Offer

    We’ll be in touch with you after your assessment centre to let you know if you have been successful in securing a place on one of our programmes.

    You’ll receive a conditional offer of employment and once you’ve passed the relevant medical and security clearances, we’ll be pleased to confirm the offer formally. 

    Assessment Centre feedback is available upon request, regardless of whether you are successful or not. Please email [email protected]

    If you aren’t successful, please keep an eye on our vacancies page for future opportunities both within our Student and Graduate schemes and the wider NATS business.

  • 5

    Sep 22 : Start with us

    Welcome onboard! It's time to embark on your career and discover your potential in helping us with advancing aviation and keeping the skies safe. 

Ready to apply?

Interested in the opportunity to discover your potential with us? If so, why not apply?