Scottish School-Leavers Urged to Consider Career in Air Traffic Control Amid Predictions of Rapid Flight Growth
20 August 2018
As Scotland's airports gear up for what could be their busiest
summer on record, NATS, the UK's main air traffic service provider,
is calling on students receiving their exam results this week to
consider a career in the aviation industry. Graduates are also
being encouraged to apply.
The industry is set to grow rapidly over the next ten years and
despite advances in technology, skilled-workers will remain at the
industry's core. This summer is likely to be the busiest on record
with daily flights across the entire UK peaking at over 8,800 in a
single day. It's predicted that by 2030, 355 million passengers
will fly to and from the UK on over 3.1 million flights - that's an
additional 500,000 extra flights per year.
NATS currently has around 1,670 controllers whose job is to
safely manage the flow of aircraft through the UK's busy and
complex airspace, as well as at 13 of the country's busiest
airports, including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. With the
forecast growth in flight numbers and the value the aviation brings
to the UK economy NATS is looking to recruits hundreds more ATCs
over the coming years.
Air traffic controller candidates are only required to have 5
National 5 Grades (A-C) do not need a degree, are paid to train and
when qualified can earn a six figure salary with additional
benefits so it's surprising that research conducted by NATS reveals
that only 5.7% of Scottish 16-25s have ever received advice on
careers in aviation.
It revealed that jobs in retail, professional services and
health were four times more likely to be discussed in career
interviews than aviation.
The survey also showed that the majority of 16-25s are attracted
to job roles that include solving puzzles, working as a team,
delivering under pressure and doing something of national
importance - all key aspects of a career as an air traffic
- Opportunity comes as Scottish airspace experiences busiest
summer of flights
- Predictions of additional 500,000 UK flights per year a year by
- Less than 6% of young Scots have been advised on careers in
aviation, despite careers matching their dream job
- NATS offers media rare chance to go behind-the-scenes in Air