On the Houses of Parliament Fast Stream, you’ll work at the heart of democracy.
As a House of Commons Fast Streamer, you’ll work with politicians from all parties to scrutinise government policy and support the UK’s democratic process. You will learn to command the confidence of MPs by providing them with impartial and assured advice, no matter how challenging the issue may be.
Through a variety of roles within the House of Commons you’ll manage enquiries and evidence sessions for a departmental Select Committee, directly supporting the work of the Commons Chamber and assisting in the passage of legislation.
You can expect to facilitate debates, scrutinise legislation and advise MPs on the best ways to achieve their parliamentary objectives. You will also assist in the management of Parliament and its daily business. You may also have the opportunity to work in areas such as:
-Media and communications
-Diversity and inclusion
-Research and information (the House of Commons Library)
-Parliamentary estate management.
If you have an interest in politics, public policy, and The Constitution, this scheme will give you the experience and skills you need to develop your potential to be a future leader of the Civil Service. Promotion will see you earn around £49k in 3 to 4 years.
Each posting lasts 12-18 months. Moves will be discussed with you as part of regular development conversations.
Year 1 - Work for a Select Committee or in an office which supports the House of Commons Chamber.
Year 2 - Posting in a different committee team or one of the offices supporting day-to-day running of the Chamber (e.g. the Public Bill Office which deals with legislation).
If you started in a Chamber-facing office, you may continue to work in that team. with increased responsibilities, or work in another business area (for example on Parliament’s Restoration and Renewal Programme).
Year 3 Develop the competencies required for promotion over a 3-4 year period by either:
- Working for a committee (if you haven’t already)
- Working in an office that advises MPs on procedure and manages the detail of parliamentary processes.
- Working in a different area such as outreach, digital services, media and communications, and research or information (the House of Commons library).
Year 4 - You will be matched to a role that fits your development needs, ensuring you have the experience and expertise to succeed in your career.
While most of the learning is on the job you will also receive the following support:
Up to 49k
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £49k.
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 season ticket loan, access to an in-house gym, and childcare vouchers.
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 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.
You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:
If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.
This specialist assessment will look at your capability and motivation to be part of this programme. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.