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Developing the skills to become a successful Civil Servant

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The Fast Stream provides excellent opportunities for both formal and informal learning and development that help shape you into a future leader.

There’s no getting away from the fact that the majority of the learning you do will be on the job. There’s no substitute for actual experience and Fast Streamers are placed in challenging and stretching roles from day one.

In the two roles I’ve done so far, I’ve found myself learning the theory and practice of Project Management techniques, learning how to assess risks of major programmes, drafting briefings for Government Ministers and even working cross-Government in a ‘war-room’ (read: office with a hearty supply of cake and biscuits) to support a Secretary of State in closing a debate on the Queen’s Speech in Parliament.

Crucially, a lot of the learning you undertake will be with your peers and colleagues. Fast Streamers are assigned into groups during induction which then meet every couple of months to discuss honestly and candidly how you’re getting on in your role and any challenges you might be facing. These groups are a great support network to help make sure that you’re getting the most out of your role.

Finally, there is also a range of formal learning and development opportunities available. All Fast Streamers have a Core Curriculum of formal learning which they’ll follow throughout their time on the Fast Stream. Whether that’s being taught how to write effective submissions to Ministers or how to lead in ambiguous situations, the learning provided by the Fast Stream helps to develop your skills and prepares you to take on various different roles across the Civil Service and equips you with the fundamental skills required to be a successful civil servant.

This well-rounded approach to learning means that you’re always growing, developing and learning new skills - and is just one of the things that makes being on the Fast Stream such a rewarding experience.

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