Want to 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.
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.
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:
Parliamentary estate management.
Typically, you will move role each year. For some roles you may move after 18 months. We will discuss moves with you as part of regular development conversations. You may work for a select committee, in an office which supports the House of Commons Chamber, or in another part of the House service such as the Governance Office or Diversity and Inclusion Team. As part of a select committee team you will be involved in briefing committee members, organising public evidence sessions and authoring reports recommending policy changes to government. In other teams, you will be involved in project work and corporate initiatives, for example working on the Diversifying Senior Leadership project or other diversity programmes sponsored by the Speaker.
If you haven’t worked in a committee or chamber team in year one, you will in year two. If you have, you may switch to a different team within the House of Commons in order to give depth to your understanding of the House. You could also work in one of the procedural offices, directly supporting the day-to-day running of the main Chamber.
Your talent manager will discuss your third year placement with you, giving you the opportunity to develop all the competencies required for promotion over a 3-4 year period. You will have the opportunity to develop new skills and perspectives by spending time outside the chamber and committees team, if you haven’t already done so. This might include working in outreach, digital services, media and communications, and research or information (the House of Commons library). You may also work in an office that advises MPs on procedure and manages the detail of parliamentary processes such as the passage of legislation and its scrutiny in debate and committee.
This year is your opportunity to consolidate the technical procedural knowledge and experience you gained through training and development in years 1 - 3. Talent Managers will match you to a role that fits your development needs and to help to ensure you have the full range of opportunities to build the necessary experience and expertise to equip you to succeed in your Civil Service career.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.