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SureSelect’s flexible ATC candidate testing strikes a chord with ANSPs

SureSelect helps air navigation service providers (ANSPs) choose the right candidates most likely to succeed as an air traffic controller. SureSelect’s toolkit of test suites can be tailored to suit any ANSP's needs, depending on their goals and budget. To bring this to life, we outline how different organisations took advantage of the flexibility of SureSelect to meet their specific goals. 

Airservices Australia

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Airservices Australia is a government-owned organisation responsible for the safety of 11% of the world’s airspace and managing air traffic operations for around 160 million passengers on more than 4 million domestic and international flights annually (pre Covid-19).

When Airservices Australia was in the market for a robust, objective and validated testing solution for ATC candidates, they chose SureSelect - following a report released by IATA around ATC attraction, recruitment and selection which showed a clear correlation between ATC-specific testing and success in ATC training for candidates.

The organisation was utilising generic personality and skills competencies testing as a component of their ATC selection processes. Looking to enhance their selection and testing regime to incorporate best practice, Airservices Australia reviewed the findings from the IATA report and began reaching out to global organisations offering ATC-specific testing.

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Ghana Civil Aviation Authority

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GCAA undertook a recruitment campaign to recruit 20 new air traffic controllers. Using locally provided psychometric tests to address their unique cultural requirements, they shortlisted 214 candidates to undertake SureSelect’s ATC Skill Simulations tests at a testing centre.

This engaging gamified suite of role-specific tests assesses real on-the-job behaviours, with tests for short term memory, spatial awareness, remembering relationships, and effectiveness in a radar simulation (safety, efficiency and multi-tasking).

The ultimate positive outcome was a 100% pass rate in training for the selected candidates – thanks to a robust, objective approach to selection and testing.

Ebenezer Kwesi Sagoe GCAA Director of Human Resources

SureSelect's thorough testing provided us quality assured results, enabling us to make a sound judgement with no room for disputes. It was independent testing, self-driven, without bias or external influence.

Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation

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Ms. Vu Thi Thanh Nga VATM Personnel Department

VATM appreciates the cooperation for over 20 years with Airways New Zealand, one of the leading training providers of the next generation of ATCs in Vietnam. The SureSelect process is very suitable and effective to identify capable candidates that assure training success. This has been proven by reliable training outcomes.

Given the investment the students and their families were making, and the opportunity VATM was providing, it was essential that candidates selected possessed the core competencies predictive of ATC success. Therefore, VATM wanted to use validated selection tools tailored to the ATC sector. They utilised SureSelect because of its toolkit approach, which enabled VATM to undertake their own assessment of cultural fit, while also relying on SureSelect modules.

Over two recruitment campaigns, VATM selected 52 trainees with the underlying attributes required to successfully complete ab initio training. Incorporating SureSelect into their selection process has yielded great results with training success to date at 97% in the training academy and on the job training pass rates tracking as expected.

Azerbaijan Air Navigation Services (AZANS)

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