On the Generalist scheme, you’ll work on issues of national importance, driving forward policies and delivering operations that change society for the better.


3 years






The Generalist Fast Stream offers the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of roles to establish your strengths and leadership potential. You will undertake placements in different departments, from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Work and Pensions, among others. You will also be exposed to roles in different government professions including  Corporate Services, Operational Delivery and Policy.


If you are successful, you will have the opportunity to express a preference for your placements to be in one of six career interest areas. If you’re not sure at this stage, don’t worry - you can also tell us you don’t have a particular preference.



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

What will you experience?

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Generalist Fast Streamers learn across broad interest areas and also have the opportunity to develop a deep knowledge of these areas.


Each role you take will require different skills to succeed, offering you the opportunity for continual learning with a real emphasis on leadership development. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k.


What do they say

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

  • Day-to-day contact with a manager based in your department to ensure you’re challenged in your role
  • Developmental support to monitor your performance.


Classroom learning will include:

  • e-learning
  • Posting-specific learning
  • Action learning sets.

Up to £55k

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

What benefits will you enjoy?


You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to gain experience internally and externally.



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.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:



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