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The Civil Service Fast Stream. Grow like nowhere else.

Unleash your future leadership and management potential. Grow like nowhere else. Join the Fast Stream and you'll be encouraged, enabled and empowered to shape your way in postings where you'll tackle issues that matter to people across the UK.

The Civil Service supports the government of the day to implement its policies effectively on behalf of every community across the UK. From benefits and pensions to employment services, prisons to driving licenses, our work touches every aspect of UK life. Our award-winning Fast Stream programme accelerates careers, developing talented, high-potential people into future Civil Service leaders and managers.

Offering access to roles in just about every government department, the Fast Stream opens up a huge range of opportunities. Here, we're growing tomorrow's leaders and managers, building a Civil Service for a fast-changing world, and tackling some of the biggest challenges impacting the UK. From the vast range of unique postings and projects, to a breadth and depth of experience like no other, this is a place to develop your knowledge, stretch your skills and build your networks. And because we look at your unique skills, aptitude and potential, not your background, age or degree subject, there's nothing to stand in your way.

All you need is an open mind and the determination to succeed, and we'll invest in you.

Why we are a great place to work

The Times - Top 100 Graduate Employers 2023

As The Times Top 100 Number 2 Graduate Employer, we're proud to be a great place to work. We're also a Disability Confident Leader Employer, and prominent on the Social Mobility Employer Index.

Join us, and you'll be a valued member of the wider Civil Service community, where people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds can form lasting friendships with supportive networks. While these are full time roles, our flexible working arrangements will give you space to achieve a work life balance that works for you.

The Fast Stream offers a competitive starting salary of £31,186, salary progression on the scheme, and earning potential on completion of £45k - £55k.

A place for you

There is no typical Fast Streamer. We look for people from all backgrounds to become our future leaders and managers to help ensure the Civil Service reflects all the communities it serves.

Whether you're looking for your first job or a new career direction, whatever your background or age, there's something here for you.

Your Fast Stream journey will be based on a personal development plan that matches your learning needs and makes the most of your existing abilities. You'll grow the skills, knowledge and networks needed to become a confident, inspiring and empowering future leader and manager.

See our schemes. Something for everyone.

With 15 different specialist development schemes to choose from, and opportunities nationwide, you'll find a scheme that's right for you - whatever your degree subject.

Whether you're a final year undergraduate, an existing graduate or a degree apprentice, you'll find you qualify for many of our schemes. Most are open to graduates with a 2:2. With real responsibility across a variety of rewarding government department roles, each scheme provides structured learning, on-the-job coaching and mentoring, and a career path in a government profession. Many of them offer the chance to study for a professional qualification. And we continue to keep pace with a rapidly changing world. With two new schemes this year alone - Policy, and Operational Delivery - there's something for you no matter your interests.

Internships. Get a taste of life on the Fast Stream.

Our award-winning internship - the Summer Internship Programme - gives you the opportunity to experience what it feels like to work in the Civil Service.

This internship is also a great starting point for applying to the Fast Stream.

Learn more and apply for the Summer Internship Programme.

Hear more about life on the SIP and Fast Stream programmes by reading our Case Studies

Learning and Development on the Fast Stream

The universal training offer provides foundation skills, and leadership and management skills, to all fast streamers. It should be completed alongside scheme-specific development. The universal offer aims to equip learners with core skills to be effective civil servants, as well as effective leaders and managers. Action Learning Sets (ALS) and group sessions with a Skills and Capability Manager will form part of this development offer.

Schemes I'm eligible for

Use the scheme selector to give you an idea of which schemes you are eligible for. Please check the scheme page for Science and Engineering eligibility. Civil Servants should check the FAQ page for further eligibility requirements.

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