Trainee Air Traffic Controllers

United Kingdom
11 Jul 2018
31 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Graduate, Permanent
Full Time

Every day, thousands of aircraft travel in the UK’s airspace, carrying people and cargo to and from all corners of the world. Making sure they can do that safely is a unique and incredibly rewarding challenge. One that takes people with a certain kind of mindset.

If that sounds like you, this is an opportunity to join a close-knit team and keep the skies safe. You’ll have the pride that comes from doing such an important job, with benefits designed to reward your contribution and the exceptional training you need to be at your best throughout your career.

Once you’re trained, you’ll coordinate up to 25 aircraft – not only as they take off and land, but throughout their journey across our airspace. Communicating constantly with pilots, you’ll keep each plane a safe distance apart and react swiftly to changing events.

What does the training involve?
Training takes around three years. The first few months will see you learning on simulators and studying everything from meteorology to aviation law. You'll then move to an airport control tower or one of our radar control centres and start doing the job for real.


About you:

A passion for the job, resilience, a calm nature, good powers of concentration, strong spatial awareness and, of course, excellent problem-solving skills. You’ll also need to pass a medical.

You don’t need aviation experience to become a Trainee Air Traffic Controller. Our people come from a range of backgrounds – many are recent graduates. It’s how you think and solve problems that matters. How you handle pressure. And how you adapt to unpredictable situations, like extreme weather events.



You’ll need at least five GCSEs or equivalent, grade C or above, including English and maths (although many people who join us have A-levels and degrees too).

Accepted degree subjects




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