generalist

Schemes

Generalist

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

Duration

3 years

Salary

£28k

Location

UK-wide

About

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 across the country. 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.


Requirements

  • 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?

benefits

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, diversity support/networks/forums and more.

Application process

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Online tests

The online tests consist of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires, Work Based Scenarios and a video interview.

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

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Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you’ll be invited to attend a half day assessment centre in either London or Newcastle. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and a written analysis exercise. Information is presented via an iPad tablet; alternative formats are available.

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

London

Newcastle

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