government communication service


Government Communication Service

On the Government Communications Fast Stream, you won’t just read the headlines. You’ll 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. On this scheme you’ll reach out to our audiences, supporting awareness and engagement with some of the most important issues in our society.

Working with senior leaders and Ministers in a fast-paced environment, you’ll learn about leading world-class communications. Communications that support Ministers’ priorities, improve people’s lives and enable the effective operation of our public services.

Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k. When you’ve finished the programme, you could be leading a communications team or even a directorate.


  • 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

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

  • Work towards the Level 6 Strategic Communication Management Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Mentoring from senior leaders within the profession Support from your activity manager who will support you in day-to-day activities.
  • A Talent Development Manager who will work with you to ensure you are getting the wider learning and development opportunities that you’ll need.
  • Attend Fast Stream learning events for you to develop your leadership skills.
  • Access to a communications specific Learning and Development curriculum

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. It’s the best foundation for promotion and long-term progression.

Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care vouchers and more.

Application process


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.


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:




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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