Work across government on issues of national importance
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This award-winning rotational programme is the largest of our graduate schemes. It offers a broad range of challenging experiences in multiple departments. The Generalist Fast Stream will give you the skills and expertise you need to drive initiatives that change society for the better, and to become a future leader.
Over four years, the scheme will give you exposure to Corporate Services, Operational Delivery and Policy, and see you join departments ranging from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Work and Pensions to the Ministry of Justice. Each role you take will require different skills to succeed, so it will be challenging, very exciting and offer the opportunity for continual learning.
After a residential induction with other Fast Streamers, training for your Civil Service career begins.
Two 6-month postings in different departments will help you start building your knowledge of some core skill areas, whether that’s change management, project management or more.
Experience the Civil Service and sectors outside, further developing your leadership potential.
You'll continue to build a breadth of knowledge and experience across the core skill areas in your third and fourth posting, with one of these being a secondment to the public sector, a charity or the private sector to show you how they operate.
You will also further develop your understanding of leadership and management styles, and have the opportunity to test this through the mid-scheme assessment.
Return to a former department and plan what you want in the longer term. A year’s posting will help you deepen your skills in a department you’ve worked in before.
During this time, you will create a clear development plan and actions to support your longer term career aspirations and interests, whilst also building your expertise in one of the core skills and honing your own leadership style.
A final 12-month posting and preparing for the end-of-scheme assessment.
Your final year on the scheme will see you posted to a previous department. It will give you time to prepare for your last assessment and successfully complete the programme.
I wanted varied roles. How could I know what I wanted to do in government if I didn't know what I could do?
I'd planned on a Civil Service career, but I was interested in the opportunity to leave government on secondment and try something different.
My role puts me at the heart of a policy area which will have an impact on the future of everyone in the UK.
I have been given a high level of responsibility and my colleagues value the insight I can provide.
Besides day-to-day development, you’ll enjoy courses, e-learning, posting-specific learning and action learning sets. An Activity Manager will ensure you’re challenged in your day-to-day role, while your Cohort Leader will monitor your progress and support your overall development on the scheme.
Up to £55k
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.
You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.
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.
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.
Careers in International Politics, City University London
18:00 - 20:00
Careers in Technology, City University London
18:00 - 20:00
Presentation slot, University of Newcastle
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.