Trainee Air Traffic Controller - Gatwick

Trainee Air Traffic Controllers – Gatwick 

With 55 aircraft movements per hour, our Gatwick Trainee Air Traffic Controllers must possess excellent  concentration, reasoning, spatial awareness and multi-tasking abilities to successfully learn the skill to become a high performing Controller in a dynamic company with the scope to develop a fantastic career in Air Traffic Control. 

Who we are

Air Navigation Solutions (ANS) Limited is at the forefront of Air Traffic Management. ANS currently provides air traffic control and air traffic engineering services at, what we believe to be some of the most challenging air traffic environments, London Gatwick, the world’s busiest single runway airport and at Scotland’s busiest and fastest growing airport, Edinburgh.  We also believe that we employ some of the very best and most capable people in the industry and together we have ambitious plans to develop a Company that represents the future delivery of Air Navigation Services.


As a wholly owned subsidiary of the DFS Group ANS combines the reputation, capability and security of a long-standing world-renowned global air traffic service provider with the flexibility, agility and value of a young, dynamic business. ANS are delighted to be recruiting for a number Trainee Air Traffic Controllers; successful candidates will be joining ANS at a very exciting time in our growth and will be key contributors to our future success.

Training Academy

Your first 6 months of training with ANS will be based in Langen, nr Frankfurt, Germany at the training academy learning the fundamental skills you require as an Air Traffic Controller. Subjects include: Aviation Law, Radio Telephony and Meteorology, after which you will spend the next couple of years working alongside experienced Air Traffic Controllers to complete your training. 

The Job

As a controller you’ll be responsible for providing a safe, orderly and prompt service to the aircraft.  There are 3 working positions at Gatwick – Tower, Ground and Delivery.  You will be trained to work on all 3 positions and will move between them during a shift.  

Tower – the controller in this position looks after the runway.  They issue the take-off and landing clearances and ensure it’s safe to use the runway, whilst utilising it to its maximum capabilities.

Ground – the controller in this position looks after aircraft pushing back from the stands and aircraft vehicles moving around the airfield.  The ground controller must identify conflictions in traffic and ensure that aircraft can route safely around the airfield.

Delivery – The controller in this position issues aircraft with their initial departure routing clearance as well as managing outbound traffic levels.

Salary and Career Development Opportunities

As a trainee your starting salary will be £21,000 plus some great benefits. Once you have successfully completed the 2 years training, your salary will increase significantly. The growth potential for the business is significant and this will continue to create career and development opportunities both in the UK and the wider European DFS group. It’s a great time to join us!

Next steps

We’re undertaking assessment tests between 19 - 22 November 2018 based at Gatwick.  Participants are tested in groups of 30 and assessments include concentration, mental reasoning, memory and spatial abilities and multiple task performance.  Those who successfully complete the tests, will be invited to attend a simulation test and interview.  Successful applicants must be available to join ANS on 4 January 2019 (or alternatively April or July 2019).

To be eligible to apply you must:

=         be educated to A level or degree level or an equivalent standard, ideally in either a science, maths or IT related subject

=         have at least 5 GCSEs or an equivalent standard at grade C/4 or above, to include English and Maths

=         be eligible to work in the United Kingdom

=         be in good health as you will need to pass a medical

=         have a clean driving licence (airside driving may be required)

If you have airport or aviation experience this is advantageous, but not essential.

If you’d like to be considered for our assessment centre, please upload your CV and covering letter via our online portal by the closing date: 8 November 2018. The closing date should be treated as a guide. We may close the vacancy once we have received sufficient applications, so we would advise you to submit your application as early as possible to prevent disappointment.