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4 years






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.


  • 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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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.

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What's in it for you

Learning and development

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. 

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.


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