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4 years






The commercial arrangements civil servants establish are among the largest and most sophisticated in the world. Your work will help to make sure that government can implement policies and deliver services both effectively and efficiently.
Commerical specialists in the Civil Service enjoy impressive levels of experience and exposure.


  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:2 or higher in any degree subject
  • existing civil servants can apply without a degree

What to expect

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As a Fast Streamer you'll be given a series of challenging postings in a range of departments. You could be tasked with driving efficiency and reform across central government, and advising departments on complex commercial savings. The 4-year scheme aims to give you the breadth of experience and knowledge to become a leader within the Civil Service.

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What's in it for you

Learning and development

On the Commercial Fast Stream scheme, you'll undertake the CIPS Corporate Award Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner programme. Successful completion of this programme results in full membership of CIPS (MCIPS), after 3 years' experience in a responsible procurement role.

You'll gain experience on how to address public sector-specific learning needs, to drive more sustainable, transparent and ethical commercial practices.

Up to £55K

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.



Top reasons to apply for the Commercial Fast Stream:

  • commercial capability is increasingly recognised as the top ability demanded by employers across all sectors
  • in the public sector, it's especially important: £40bn is spent by central government each year. It's a lot of money and a lot of responsibility


Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k, while other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more. 

Application process


Online tests

The online tests consist of 2 questionnaires, an e-tray exercise and a video interview. We recommend you do some practice questions: Situational judgement questions.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to attend a half-day assessment at one of our assessment centres in either London or Newcastle.

We'll ask you to take part in a series of exercises. This includes a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.


Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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