government communication service


Government Communication Service

Don't just read the headlines, help to make them


4 years






The Government Communication Service Fast Stream launched in 2015 to recruit and develop the profession’s next generation of leaders.

As a Government Communications Fast Streamer, you’ll reach out to our audiences, supporting awareness and engagement with some of the most important issues in our society.


  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you need, or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in any degree subject
  • existing civil servants can apply without a degree

What will you experience?

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You’ll work across a range of departments and communications disciplines. You might be working in a busy press office, an innovative internal communications team or on campaigns and marketing, using public relations and low cost media.


You’ll have the opportunity to work with senior leaders and ministers in a fast-paced environment.

What do they say

From the blog

We make the news

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From the blog

A Day in the life of a Comms Fast Streamer

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From the blog

Life on the Communications Fast Stream

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Your progression through the programme

What you’ll learn

You’ll be offered ongoing training and development, both from the Fast Stream curriculum and as part of the communications profession. You will benefit from our specialist communications training programme, mentoring, case studies, access to external speakers and professional networking.



You may also have the option of a secondment outside of government, or the opportunity to study for a professional communications qualification.

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, a brilliant 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 complete an Application Form. Once this is submitted then you will be eligible to 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.


Final selection

If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.

The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.

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