On the Generalist scheme, you’ll work on issues of national importance, driving forward policies and delivering operations that change society for the better.
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.
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.
Year 1 – A residential induction and 12-month posting.
Develop new skills and understanding of government in an area of work that interests you. Test your learning and identify your development needs through a performance assessment, at the end of each of your placements.
Year 2 – 12-month posting in your interest area with a different department.
Build your knowledge, core skill areas and your leadership potential. Possible secondment to a different area of the public sector, to a charity or to the private sector to support your development.
Year 3 – Final 12-month posting to deepen your knowledge and leadership experience.
Preparations for your final end-of-scheme assessment leading to successful completion of the programme.
Classroom learning will include:
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.
Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance and more.
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.
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: