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Welcome to the Fast Stream

Welcome to the Fast Stream

We are looking for people from all backgrounds to become our future senior leaders. Our award-winning graduate leadership development programme, The Fast Stream offers structured development with a choice of 15 government professions.

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.

Why the Fast Stream?

The Fast Stream is an accelerated career path to leadership with supported development. We are a graduate employer that is consistently ranked in the top five of The Times Top 100. 

Join us if you’re interested in:

  • Responsibility and permanent employment contracts from the start.
  • Intellectually challenging work.
  • Excellent training and long-term prospects.
  • An opportunity to make a difference.
  • Good work-life balance.
  • Playing a crucial part in major national events.


What's the Civil Service?

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Our work impacts every aspect of society and our organisation is built on a culture where people genuinely matter. Our 420,000 staff work across the UK, contributing to professions as diverse as: Finance, Diplomacy, Health, Human Resources, Communications, Digital, Science and Technology.

Civil servants are united by a strong sense of purpose. And our enduring values – integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity – run through everything we do.

For more information on the Civil Service you can visit the Civil Service Careers website.

The Civil Service helps the government of the day to implement their commitments and deliver high quality services to the public. Our work impacts every aspect of society and our organisation is built on a culture where people genuinely matter.

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In 2017 we introduced the 'Fast Pass' initiative to those who attend the SDIP internship. 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. 

Culture of the Civil Service

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.

Diversity and inclusion

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 2017 Graduate Recruitment Award for Public Sector Graduate Employer of Choice.

The Fast Stream scheme has a strong track record in The Times Top 100 – the scheme is ranked second in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers in 2017.


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