Air traffic controller apprenticeship

Direct aircraft, both on the ground and through controlled airspace

The UK manages one of the busiest and most complex pieces of airspace in the world. A range of specialist air traffic controller roles contribute to the safe and efficient movement of aircraft with civil and military operations, working collaboratively to maintain a fully integrated service to all users, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. During the air traffic controller apprenticeship, you’ll work in a number of aviation environments such as air traffic control centres, commercial airports, military bases and aerodromes, or other airfields; some air traffic controllers find their training and experience useful in consultancy, aerospace manufacturing or in the global aerospace industry. Your main role is to deliver a safe, efficient and reliable service using your knowledge and skills. Key tasks include preventing collisions between aircraft and between aircraft and obstacles, making sure that minimum safe distances are maintained between aircraft, issuing instructions to aircraft and monitoring data systems. Once qualified, you would usually work for a commercial or civil employer, or the military.


Duration: 15 months

Relevant school subjects: Maths and geography

Entry requirements for the air traffic controller apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 5 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £35,000

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