A career at the very heart of the political process
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This is your chance to be part of an institution at the heart of democracy. As a Fast Streamer on the Houses of Parliament scheme, you'll witness at first hand the democratic processes and political events that shape the nation.
The programme will appeal to your interest in the constitution, politics and public policy. It will also give you the experience and skills you need to become a leader of the organisation in the future. As a 2017 Fast Streamer, you’ll be employed by the House of Commons and serve Parliament, not the government of the day.
Policies, legislation and constituency work: helping MPs in their duties. You are likely to work for a select committee, or in an office which supports the House of Commons Chamber.
You could be involved in managing committee inquiries and helping manage its workload. You may also work in one of the procedural offices, directly supporting the work of the Chamber.
In your second year you'll switch teams which will give depth to your understanding of the House and its Committees, and build core competencies required for promotion.
A further placement to give you a flavour of how broad the organisation is. By year three, you'll have the opportunity to spend a year outside Chamber and Committee service, in House business areas such as the Outreach Service, the Strategic Estates team, or the House of Commons library.
It will help you develop new skills. For example, Fast Streamers have worked with our Restoration and Renewal team on a substantial project relating to the building itself.
After training, development, mentoring and experience, it’s time for consolidation. By the time you reach year four, you will have the opportunity to apply for promotion.
In discussion with the Talent Managers, you will be assigned a role to fit your development needs to help ensure you have the opportunity to build sufficient experience to prepare you for promotion.
Being offered a place in the Houses of Parliament Fast Stream was unexpected, but something I knew I could never turn down. Working in a procedural office is giving me a good grounding in knowledge of the procedures of the House (although I’m barely scratching the surface!) but I’m also really looking forward to working for a departmental select committee for my next placement.
I helped draft a report which made the pages of newspapers as far away as the New York Times.
I’ve briefed Ministers and civil servants on all aspects of parliamentary procedure, but in return learnt how things get done in government.
Parliament gives you an incredible insight into the political world. Being a Fast Streamer in the House of Commons, I've worked with incredible people, taken part in inspiring projects and found a meaningful career.
While most of the learning is on the job, after induction week you can look forward to weekly seminars to help you understand Parliament and develop the skills for promotion.
You’ll also have in-house and external training relevant to your job or development, and a training pathway document full of activities and milestones. Support will come from your line manager, a training coordinator and Fast Stream talent managers.
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.
Promotion will see you earn around £49k in 3 to 4 years, while other benefits include generous leave (usually only when Parliament isn’t sitting), choice of pensions, professional qualifications, season ticket loan, in-house gym, childcare vouchers 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.