Human Factors – Graduate Scheme

What is NATS? 

NATS is the UK’s leading Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). In a typical year we handle 2.6 million flights and keep 250 million passengers safe whilst in UK airspace. We provide air traffic management services to 15 airports in the UK as well as providing these services around the world spanning Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America.

We are shaping the future of air traffic management through our focus on ‘advancing aviation and keeping the skies safe’ and we believe that the size and diversity of our business makes us an exciting choice for undergraduates considering their future careers.

What will the Human Factors Graduate scheme involve?

This 2-year programme will be based at our Head Office in Whiteley (Hampshire) or in our Air Traffic Control Centre in Swanwick (Hampshire) however we have adopted ‘agile working’ which will enable you, where possible, to have the opportunity and flexibility to work in our modern office facilities as well as at home.

You will be with the Human Factors & Wellbeing team. Our purpose is to optimise Human Performance now and for the future. We do this by leading the development of tools and solutions that are tailored and benefits led.

You will gain experience in all key areas of Human Factors, working closely with other safety professionals and end-users to deliver and assure high quality Human Performance related outcomes and benefits.

During your scheme you will have the opportunity to experience the business from several different HF perspectives. You may be getting involved in the below areas for example: 

HMI design and implementation,

Human Factors assurance,

Safety Assessments,

Safety Culture, Wellbeing,

Fatigue Risk Management,

Human Factors integration

Training Development & Delivery;

Human Error, Workload, SA assessment;

Usability assessment

Physical ergonomics

As an Early Careers Colleague at NATS, you can also look forward to engaging in a variety of activities outside of your day-to-day work, such as fundraising for charitable causes, supporting outreach initiatives, site visits and promoting our Early Careers Scheme.

Why choose NATS?

You’ll be working at the heart of our organisation, alongside other graduates, undergraduate students and professionals. You’ll gain valuable insight into our business and make a tangible contribution to our success. Your placement experience will be unique to you so you can build on knowledge you have gained at university. We are committed to your personal and professional development and will help you achieve your goals.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for driven, proactive and committed individuals who will embrace the challenging targets that we’ve set ourselves over the next few years.  One thing is clear to us; we can only achieve these targets through our people. We’ll be leading the way technically, operationally, commercially and politically and you can help us shape the future. 

You’ll need to have a relevant degree in Human Factors / Ergonomics, Psychology, Bio-mechanics, Safety or similar and be graduating or have graduated within the last 2 years.

You’ll also need to pass NATS pre-employment security clearance checks.

What’s in it for you?

* Competitive salary – £30,000 per annum
* 28 days of holiday entitlement plus Bank Holidays
* Market-leading defined contribution pension scheme  
* Opportunity to study for a fully-funded professional qualification (where applicable)

For more information on the benefits we offer, please visit

Diversity and Inclusion at NATS

We celebrate the diversity of our colleagues. We thrive because we are all brilliantly different yet united in our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe. For more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please visit:

If you share our passion to advance aviation and keep the skies safe – we would like to hear from you whatever your age, race, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, visible or invisible disability. Individuals that bring different perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds help us be at the forefront of our industry.

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

Job Information

Job Reference: 4890BR_1707926677
Salary: Up to £30000 per annum
Salary From: £30000
Salary To: £30000
Job Industries: Graduates and Trainees
Job Locations: Fareham, Hampshire
Job Types: Permanent
Job Skills: Human Factors, NATS
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