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Houses of Parliament

Want to work at the heart of democracy?

Duration

4 years

Salary

£25k−£28k

Location

London

About

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.

 

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. As a Houses of Parliament Fast Streamer, you’ll be employed by the House of Commons and serve Parliament, not the government of the day.

Requirements

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

What will you experience?

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As a Fast Streamer on the Houses of Parliament scheme, you’ll enable the democratic and political processes that shape the United Kingdom. You will have the opportunity to take on a variety of roles within the House of Commons, including managing inquiries and evidence sessions for a departmental Select Committee, directly supporting the work of the Commons Chamber, and assisting in the passage of legislation.

 

Fast Streamers 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 will have the opportunity to work in areas such as:

  • public outreach
  • media and communications
  • diversity and inclusion
  • research and information (the House of Commons Library)

 

Parliamentary estate management.

What do they say

From the blog

Life on the Houses of Parliament Fast Stream

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Your progression through the programme

What you’ll learn

While most of the learning is on the job, after induction week you can look forward to regular training sessions and seminars. You will develop the skills needed to excel in a political environment and give you the broad organisational understanding to progress your career in the House and beyond.

You’ll also have in-house and external training relevant to your job or development, and a development plan 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.

What benefits will I enjoy?

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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), a choice of competitive pensions, work-related domestic and international travel, professional qualifications, season ticket loan, access to an in-house gym, and childcare vouchers.

Application process

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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.

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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.

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Final selection

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. 

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