houses of parliament


Houses of Parliament

On the Houses of Parliament Fast Stream, you’ll work at the heart of democracy


4 years






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, and be involved in directly supporting the work of the Commons Chamber and assisting in the passage of legislation.


  • Have lived in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years
  • you need, or expect to have, 2:2 or higher in any degree subject
  • Existing civil servants can apply without a degree.

What will you experience?

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You can expect to facilitate debates, help 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 other areas of the Parliamentary service such as:

-Media and communications;

-Diversity and inclusion;

-Research and information (the House of Commons Library); or

-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 in the Parliamentary service. Promotion will see you earn around £50k in 3 to 4 years.

More about the Parliament on the official website.

What do they say

Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

While most of the learning is on the job you will also receive the following support:

  • Induction week
  • Regular training sessions and seminars
  • Specialised programme of learning to help you gain an understanding of Parliament
  • Procedural training course (with time to undertake within your job role).
  • In-house and external training relevant to your job
  • Development plan full of activities, training and milestones
  • Support 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?


You’ll have a unique chance to work on issues that really matter, and to develop skills in a variety of areas.

Other benefits include season ticket loan, access to an in-house gym, and childcare vouchers.

Application process


Online tests

The online tests consist of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires, Work Based Scenarios and a video interview.

You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.


Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests, you’ll be invited to attend a half day assessment centre in either London or Newcastle. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and a written analysis exercise. Information is presented via an iPad tablet; alternative formats are available.

You can take a virtual tour of the assessment centres at the following links:




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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