DFS and BrainsFirst join forces to further enhance candidate search for air
traffic controller training at DFS.
Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the German air navigation service provider, and BrainsFirst, the Amsterdam-based HR tech
company, started their collaboration this summer with a focus on the online pre-selection of the besteutsche Flugsichering
candidates for DFS air traffic controller (ATC) training and the succeeding selection process.
The common expectation of both companies is to contribute to a safe and fast selection process for
DFS and the candidates, especially given the Corona pandemic and limited on-site selection capacities.
BrainsFirst currently complements the existing pre-selection strategy of DFS to identify the most
promising talents upfront in an efficient, remote and scalable way. Previous experience, in the
Netherlands for example, demonstrates that applying BrainsFirst as an early-funnel recruitment step
offers the potential to enhance the validity of early online-based admissions and rejections and,
consequently, to increase the efficiency of the overall process. As the assessment games developed by
BrainsFirst do not require any specific knowledge, language or cultural background, the testing
minimises some of the common selection biases.
About DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH:
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned
company under private law with 5,600 employees (as at 30 June 2020). DFS ensures the safe and
punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,200 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights
in German airspace every day, more than three million movements every year. This makes Germany
the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in
Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as control towers at the 16 designated international
airports in Germany. Its subsidiary DFS Aviation Services offers products and services related to air
traffic management worldwide and provides air navigation services at nine German regional airports
as well as at London Gatwick Airport and Edinburgh Airport in the UK. DFS has been working on the
integration of drones into air traffic since 2016 and has set up a joint venture, Droniq GmbH, with
More information about talent screening services in the aviation industry: please contact Jens Urlbauer