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Training Place Eligibility Update

Our new theory exam requirement for training places has been live for  a couple of weeks now!  I would like to provide some extra detail on how this is implemented practically: ⚠️ - Whether you have passed the required theory exam is not currently tracked by the "My Waiting List" eligibility checker on the VATSIM UK Website. ⚠️ - If you meet all the other criteria for a training place other than passing the theory exam, the eligibility checker will still show you as eligible, but

Jack Edwards

Jack Edwards in ATC Training

CTS Theory Exam and Training Place Eligibility Changes

Hi everyone, As mentioned in my recruitment post, in the past couple of months I’ve been looking at what quick changes can be made in order to improve ATC Training. My main focus is maximising the use of mentors time - feedback from mentors suggests that they spend a lot of time teaching theory that is already available through other resources (Moodle, Syllabus, vMATS etc.). Explaining the practical application of theoretical concepts is an important part of the role of a mentor and we want

Adam Farquharson

Adam Farquharson in ATC Training

[Vacancies] Approach Training Group Instructor and Division Instructor Vacancies

Hello all, We are now recruiting for someone to join the ATC Training team as an Approach Training Group Instructor. Training Group Instructor role description: Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group; Select and train new mentors; Maintain training standards in their designated group (inc. by ‘sitting in’ on mentoring sessions & exams); Organise group seminars as appropriate; Issue SxVs in accordance with division

Adam Farquharson

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ATC Training Staff Changes

Hi everyone, Following our recent recruitment I'm happy to announce that @John Batten has accepted my offer to take up the New Controller Training Group Instructor role. I look forward to working with John in developing the existing training system and improving the experience that new members get when signing up for ATC Training in our division. Unfortunately we are also saying goodbye to some other members of our team. @Fergus Walsh (Heathrow TG Instructor), @William Jennings (APP TG

Adam Farquharson

Adam Farquharson in ATC Training

Heathrow TGI Resignation

Hi everyone, I have taken the unfortunate decision to leave my role as Heathrow TGI. I have loved people part of the VATSIM UK team for the past few years and will hopefully try it out again in the future, but with my limited amount of time currently and slight burn out from VATSIM, I feel that it would be selfish for me to hold on to the role, so therefore I am passing TGI on to someone with new and fresh ideas that can benefit the division. I joined the staff team in February 2019 (crazy

Fergus Walsh

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[Vacancy] New Controller Training Group Instructor

Hi all, I am pleased to announce that we are recruiting for a New Controller Training Group Instructor. This role will see you join with the current team in managing and developing training in the OBS-S1, Gatwick ground endorsement  AFIS/AGCS endorsement training programme. General responsibilities in the New Controller Training Group: ●    Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group; ●    Select and train new mentors; ●    Maintain training standard

Adam Farquharson

Adam Farquharson in ATC Training

TG Tower Staff Changes

Hi all, Firstly I’d like to thank everyone for the kind messages following the announcement of my appointment as ATC Training Director. Having moved roles this left a space in the TWR team which a couple of people quickly expressed their interest in. Following a few discussions we have decided to appoint @Kye Taylor to the role.  Kye joined the Training Department 15 months ago as a New Controller TG Instructor. Having been involved in many projects including the development of th

Adam Farquharson

Adam Farquharson in ATC Training

ATC Training Update

Hi everyone, Firstly, I hope everyone enjoyed CTP! It seems like the event was a gleaming success, and it certainly was enjoyable from the controlling side! I just wanted to update you on a few remaining projects we hope to launch by the end of the year. C1 Moodle Course This is the final course to be released before having an entire library of eLearning courses for our S1, S2, S3 and C1 training programmes. We recently finished the content creation for this course, and it will

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in ATC Training

[STAFF CHANGES] Tower TG Staff Changes

Hi all, In light of the recent interviews that have been conducted for a new Tower TGI, I am delighted to announce that @Matthew Dean will be joining the training team in this position. Matthew is extremely keen to continue our venture towards a structured initial training plan, and shared some great ideas with the team during his interview. With him, Matthew brings a wealth of real-world experience including currently undergoing training in the real-world ATC environment which, as we

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in ATC Training

S1 Syllabus and Lesson Plans Release!

Hi all, Marking the end of a year-long project for the New Controller TG, including six months of trials with groups of students and mentors, we’re pleased to announce the introduction of a series of structured lesson plans for S1 students. The practical component (part two) of the S1 training programme will now consist of a series of four sessions, which students will move through sequentially to apply the knowledge obtained from the programme’s theoretical component (part one) to sce

Daniel Crookes

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[VACANCY] Tower Training Group Instructor (TGI)

Hi all, I am pleased to announce that we are recruiting for a new Tower Training Group Instructor. General Responsibilities within the Tower Training Group: Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group; Select and train new mentors; Review ATC feedback; Maintain training standards in their designated group (inc. by ‘sitting in’ on mentoring sessions & exams); Organise group seminars as appropriate; Issue SxVs in a

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in ATC Training

[APPOINTMENT] Enroute TGI

Hi all, I’m pleased to announce that @Charlie Watson will shortly be rejoining the VATSIM UK instructor team in a new role as the Enroute TG Instructor! Charlie first expressed an interest in the role when it was advertised last October, but opted to remain in his role as an Approach TG Instructor - a role which he left in March to move house and start a new job. He’s been quietly leading the development of our C1 Moodle eLearning course in the background, and seven months on he’s back

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

S3 Moodle Course Release

Hi all, Following the launch of the S2 Moodle eLearning course in December, we’re very excited to announce the launch of our S3 Moodle eLearning course! The course guides students through 14 sections, starting with some fundamental Approach Control concepts (e.g. a high-level overview of the principles of separation) and moving on to Altimetry and Meteorology, Navigation, Approach Control Principles, Equipment and Systems, Identification, Validation, and Verification, Appreciation of A

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in ATC Training

TGNC Instructor Changes

Following the recruitment process for new TGNC TGIs, we have appointed @Reece Buckley and @James Taylor to this team to support Kye with the ongoing work with our members who begin training for the ATC ratings with us. We recieved some excellent applications and had great discussions with several candidates over the last few days. This  gave us some nice ideas about things to do in the future and also to get some feedback on what is working out well. Generally it was difficult to exclude ca

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in Staff Changes

[Policy] ATC Training Handbook Updated

Hello The ATC Training Handbook has been updated to version 1.3. This updates most of our procedures and workflows to reflect the latest versions; seperates certain procedures for training towards the S1 rating and defines the new structure of hours requirements for those members wishing to achieve a C1 rating. Thanks to @Oliver Rhodes for drafting these changes. Chris

Chris Pawley

Chris Pawley in ATC Training

C1 Training Place Allocation & Hour Requirement Changes

Hi all, Over the past few years, the enroute team have allocated C1 training places on a purely ‘first come, first served’ principle, changing the number of places available for each training sector to suit students’ eligibility. This has ensured overall fairness and parity, but can lead to uneven student:mentor ratios, and therefore uneven training times, on each sector. To rectify this issue, from Saturday 1st May, the number of places available for each training sector will be set,

Oliver Rhodes

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Gatwick ADC Endorsement Syllabus

Hi all, We are pleased to release the new syllabus for members working towards their Gatwick ground endorsement. We are working towards releasing syllabi for all of our training courses whether that be for a rating or an endorsement in order to improve the continuity of mentoring provided and to make it easier for students to know what they are working towards. A big thank you to all of the Gatwick mentors who help review and provided some great feedback on the document! Thanks,

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in ATC Training

New Controller Training Group Instructor

Hi all! We are looking for a member of the community to join the New Controller Training Group team as an Instructor. This exciting role is fundamental to VATSIM UK's training programme and is a great opportunity to join the UK staff team. What will the role entail? The following responsibilities are relevant to the New Controller Training Group: Have overall responsibility for training within their designated group; Select and train new mentors; Review ATC feed

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Vacancy

Heathrow Instructor Staff Changes

Evening everyone! I am pleased to announce that @Fergus Walsh will be moving over to the Heathrow Training Group to work with @Nathaniel Leff, our current Heathrow TGI! Fergus has been a part of the TGNC team for just over two years and has without a doubt, been a key player in maintaining our flow of new students and constantly updating and developing our training programme. He will be initially moving over for three months with the view to review after that period has elapsed. This will o

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Approach Instructor Staff Changes

Hi all! As we near the end of the quarter there are a few upcoming changes on the horizon in the Approach Training Group. @Charlie Watson will be leaving the team as an Approach TGI in the next week as he settles into his new job off the network. Anyone who has trained for their S3 over the past 3 years will know of - or at the very least will have heard of - Charlie, especially his 'S2 to S3 Progression Guide' 🤭 . Since his initial appointment in 2017 Charlie has been a key player in

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Division Instructor Staff Changes

Good evening,   Please could you all join me in thanking @Jamie Paine for his contributions as a Division Instructor (DI). Jamie has decided to step down from his role as a DI as a result of his time being consumed elsewhere.   Jamie has contributed to the staff team for just under three years. He has been involved in the wider training groups and then proceeded to become a DI where he took over the S3 Moodle Course development. Alongside all of the work Jamie has been doing for

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

Division Instructor Staff Changes

Hi all, Please could you join me in thanking @Phillip Speer for his unreserved dedication and commitment to VATSIM UK over the past 15 years. Phillip will be leaving our team of Division Instructors as he settles into new personal circumstances. For those of you who may not know Phillip, he started mentoring for the Division in 2006 (at which point I was 7...) and joined the staff team in 2008. Phillip has fulfilled numerous staff roles in the UK and always has, without fail, contributed to

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

S2 Moodle Course Release

It’s finally here! After many years of anticipation and speculation (we’re not sure exactly when we started it, but we have found a reference to a new Moodle platform in some meeting minutes from October 2011), we finally have eLearning materials available on our Moodle platform for our S2 course! The course is divided into six sections - Introduction to ADC, Aerodrome Control Phraseology, Meteorology, Separation, VFR Traffic, and Aerodrome Operations - with a short quiz at the end of each

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in ATC Training

Training Department

Evening all! As you have probably seen over the past few weeks we have been in search of two new TGIs for TG APP and one for TGNC. The search is now over! @Thomas Greer and @William Jennings will be joining the Approach Training Group working alongside @Charlie Watson, bringing the team back up to three! @Kye Taylor will be joining our New Controller Training Group working alongside @Fergus Walsh. Over the next week they will be getting up to speed with our current operations

Daniel Crookes

Daniel Crookes in Staff Changes

British Summer Time (BST) ends Sunday 25th October at 02:00

The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.  – Stephen R. Covey At 2am on Sunday 25th October the clocks will revert back by one hour. This means that 2am will immediately become 1am, generously providing us with another hour in our day! This means that you will receive back the hour in bed which was thieved in the Spring, nobody will have a clue which way up is, and most importantly working out times in the CT System will become simpler, following the trend below: 18:0

Oliver Rhodes

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