Apply your analytical mindset to tackle big issues across government and advise on how the country is run
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Civil Servants working across government are responsible for advising on every aspect of how the country is run. As statisticians we use our expertise to collect, analyse and present the numbers. Increasingly we are using data science skills to tackle big data from new sources, to make our advice even more relevant and timely.
The GSS Fast Stream is an exciting graduate development programme. Over 4 years you’ll gain the experience and skills that will put you on a path to senior leadership roles across the Civil Service. You’ll move department every 12 months except for year 3 so you can build a breadth of statistical knowledge and experience.
The GSS Fast Stream offers you a variety of challenging analytical placements across a range of government departments and 2 secondments - to experience working life outside government and outside analysis.
In your first year you’ll work in a government department for 12 months. You could be producing analysis that guides the budget.
In your second year you’ll work in a different government department for 12 months. You could be producing ministerial briefing on school results.
You’ll have 2 6-month placements, one in a government department working in a non-statistical area like policy or operational delivery. The second placement will be working in a private sector organisation in a non-statistical business area.
We help you develop analytical and leadership skills to shape the way the Government Statistical Service responds to an increasingly data-hungry world.
You’ll finish the scheme with a final 12-month placement in a government department. You might be analysing the UK's energy consumption and contribution to climate change.
I have been given increased responsibilities from Day 1. As well as project managing, I became a line manager after only a few months in the role.
The Fast Stream has helped me develop strong communication and influencing skills, and has given me insight into key areas of government policy. I have also become a strong leader.
I’ve learned a lot during my time on the scheme, both in terms of new skills and the substantial impact government statisticians’ work has on policy and the public.
Overall, my career in the Civil Service has been very rewarding, with many opportunities for development. I look forward to new exciting challenges, and recommend the GSS as a fantastic graduate employer.
You’ll work with a cohort leader to identify development opportunities, stats training budget, continuous professional development and a possible RSS accreditation. Your cohort leader will help you to identify any gaps in your experience to help you find your next placement.
You’ll have the opportunity to maintain your continuous professional development through a statistics and data science learning curriculum. Along the way you’ll get all the support, training, development opportunities and challenge that you need to fulfill your potential.
Up to £55k
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you'll 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. It’s the best 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.
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.
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.
Careers in International Politics, City University London
18:00 - 20:00
Careers in Technology, City University London
18:00 - 20:00
Presentation slot, University of Newcastle
12:00 - 15:00
We host events at universities throughout the country so you can find out the information you need to apply for a place on the Fast Stream. We want to reach the most talented and diverse group of students nationwide.