What's new about
Fast Stream 2017?
We're making a number of improvements this year. We hope this will make the experience of applying to the Fast Stream and being on the programme itself much better for everyone.
Some of the changes we're making to the application process include:
Why are we making these changes?
Earlier this year we published a report looking at socio-economic diversity in the Fast Stream produced by a charity called the Bridge Group. We're very committed to making the changes recommended within the report as quickly as possible, and that's why we're making some of these improvements.
What's the Civil Service?
Government Economic Service
Britain needs leaders – people who are prepared to commit themselves to solving the big issues.
Are you one of them?
We need talented people to lead the future Civil Service. Whoever you are, whatever your background, the Fast Stream is the fastest route to real leadership.
On the Fast Stream there’s an accelerated career path to leadership and supported development with a graduate employer that consistently ranks in the top five of The Times Top 100.
Join us if you’re interested in:
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The Civil Service helps to keep the UK prosperous and secure, supporting the governments we serve in implementing their commitments and delivering high quality services for the public.
Use the scheme selector to give you an idea of which schemes you are eligible for.
I am who
We've introduced a new 'Fast Pass' initiative to those who attend the SDIP internship in 2016. If you receive a positive appraisal, 'Fast Pass' allows you to be fast-tracked through to the assessment stage of Fast Stream, bypassing earlier stages and increasing your chance of success.
Your work on the Fast Stream will have unique intellectual appeal, and bring you unrivalled career scope and variety. In an environment of integrity, honesty, objectivity and political impartiality, all you have to do is be yourself, show enthusiasm and enjoy.
When you apply to the Fast Stream it’s your skills, attitude and outlook that matter in the selection process. The Civil Service Competency Framework has more details about what is expected of civil servants.
We are committed to recruiting people from a range of different backgrounds, and our programmes have won multiple awards for diversity and inclusivity.
We’re changing along with British society to reflect the communities we serve. Our record of diversity and inclusion puts us head and shoulders above most organisations. We are proud of our award-winning diversity internships, EDIP and SDIP. We actively support those with additional requirements both during selection and in the workforce.
The Fast Stream scheme is recognised as one of the best graduate schemes in the country.
We were awarded The Times 2016 Graduate Recruitment Award for Public Sector Graduate Employer of Choice.
The Fast Stream scheme has a strong track record in The Times Top 100 – last year the scheme was ranked fifth in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, 2014 to 2015
Employer presentation slot, SOAS
17:00 - 19:00
Careers in Government, Economics and Policy , City University London
18:00 - 20:00
Jobs Fair, London Metropolitan University
12:00 - 15:00
We host events at universities throughout the country so you can find out the information you need to apply for a place on the Fast Stream. We want to reach the most talented and diverse group of students nationwide.