This question is about becoming an air traffic controller at National Air Traffic Services or NATS.
NATS is a UK company which runs air traffic control services. NATS makes sure aircraft can fly safely across Britain, and that aircraft can take-off and land safely at British airports. NATS is a private company, but the government owns 49%, just under half.
In a BBC documentary - BBC Skies Above Britain - Series 1, "London Skies", Episode 5, it's said that to pass a exam at NATS to become an air traffic controller is harder than to earn an admission in the prestigious universities such as Oxford or Cambridge. Below are the excerpts.
It's little wonder a path to becoming a controller is so tough. Each year just half a percent of the thousands who apply are accepted. Making getting into Nats making it harder than winning a place at Oxford or Cambridge.
I know that the job of air traffic controller is among one of the most difficult jobs in the world and needs extensive efforts from side of candidates to get one. But it's also very difficult to earn a place in UK universities like Oxford and Cambridge, which are world renowned and AFAIK, equally difficult.
So the question is – is it really harder getting into NATS than Oxford or Cambridge?