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The Civil Service Fast Stream. You, unlimited.

Unleash your future leadership potential. Join the Fast Stream and you’ll be encouraged, enabled and empowered to shape your way forward and tackle the issues that matter to you and UK life.

Supporting the government of the day to implement its policies effectively on behalf of every community across the UK, the Civil Service touches every aspect of life. Our award-winning Fast Stream programme develops talented, high-potential people to become future Civil Service leaders.

Offering access to roles in just about every government department, the Fast Stream opens up a huge range of opportunities for you to explore. And because we look at your talent, 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

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As The Times Top 100 Number 1 Graduate Employer for the third year running, 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 and connect 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 £27-28k, 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, 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 an agreed, bespoke personal development plan that matches your learning needs and makes the most of your existing ability. You’ll grow the experience, knowledge and skills needed to become a confident, inspiring and empowering future leader.

See our schemes. Something for everyone.

With 15 different leadership and 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.

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

Our award-winning diversity internships – the Early Diversity Internship Programme and the Summer Diversity Internship Programme – give you the opportunity to experience what it feels like to work in the Civil Service.

Open to undergraduates with a disability, those from ethnic minority and lower socio- economic backgrounds, these internships are also a great starting point for applying to the Fast Stream.

Learn more and apply for the Early Diversity Internship Programme and Summer Diversity Internship Programme.

The Civil Service is committed to creating a more diverse workforce, and these programmes play a vital role in helping to achieve this.

Hear more about life on the SDIP, EDIP and Fast Stream programmes by reading our Fast Stream Ambassador blogs, Case Studies 2021 and Case Studies 2020

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 & Engineering eligibility. Civil Servants should check the FAQ page for further eligibility requirements.

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