The Civil Service Fast Stream looks for talented and ambitious graduates to train as the Civil Service leaders of tomorrow.
It is widely recognised as one of the best graduate schemes in the country, ranked fourth in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers in 2015-16.
We have a number of different Fast Stream schemes to suit all talents, from analytical to commercial to digital.
The Fast Stream aims to take the best and brightest graduates across the UK and move them up quickly into Civil Service leadership roles within 3 to 5 years. To do this we offer a wide range of support - tailored learning and development, professional qualifications, formal training courses, mentoring and job-shadowing. The HR Fast Stream, for example, is the only HR graduate scheme in the country to offer a Masters degree to all successful applicants as part of the learning package.
The Fast Stream offers graduates unique job opportunities tackling some of the biggest social, economic, political and security challenges facing the UK today. Many fast-streamers I talk to are surprised at the far-reaching, high-profile nature of their work and how quickly they find themselves in positions of real responsibility. Currently, we have fast streamers working on issues as diverse as supporting the NHS through the winter, countering extremism in our local communities and online, tackling child exploitation, improving the performance of schools and leading the UK’s response to the Ebola crisis.
Is there a typical Fast Streamer?
No. We believe the Civil Service should be a meritocratic organisation that accurately reflects diversity of the society it serves. What does unite Fast Streamers is their ability, enthusiasm and commitment to serving the public interest and making a positive difference to our society.
While entry is on merit, outreach programmes have been extended so that we can attract applicants from the widest possible pool of talent. The Summer Diversity Internship Programme, for example, is an award-winning, paid internship programme. It gives talented undergraduates and graduates from social groups underrepresented in the Civil Service a 6 to 9 week training work placement in a government department, offering an insight into the variety of opportunities available and a chance to build the confidence needed to apply for the Fast Stream. In 2014, of the 173 who took part, 88 per cent were from BME communities and 43 per cent from under-privileged backgrounds. Many went on to apply successfully for the fast stream.
Interested in joining the Fast Stream?
The Civil Service needs leaders at all levels. Whoever you are and whatever your background, the Fast Stream will give you the skills you need to become a senior leader. If you think you have the talent and commitment to succeed, this is an unmissable opportunity to be involved at the heart of government in tackling the big issues facing our country and make a real difference to people’s lives.
Today sees the launch of the new Fast Stream blog where you can hear from Fast Streamers themselves about the scheme. On 16 February the second round of fast stream applications will open.
And even if you’re already a civil servant in a central department, with or without a degree, you can still apply for the Fast Stream.