human resources

Schemes

Human Resources

On the Human Resources Fast Stream you’ll make a difference to the way the Civil Service does business by looking after our most precious resource - our people.

Duration

3 years

Salary

£28k

Location

Placements are predominantly in England and Wales

About

As an HR Fast Streamer you will make a valuable contribution to the organisations you support and to the individuals who make up our diverse workforces across the UK. Effective Human Resources (HR) are essential to the smooth running of the Civil Service.

 

Due to the size and complexity of the profession, it’s a huge intellectual challenge. The fast-paced nature of this high profile work, often influenced by national and world events, means that the Civil Service is always an exciting and unpredictable place to work. 

 

You will work within both strategic and operational HR, experiencing different regions, cultures and working environments. Assignments will include HR business partnering, organisational design and development, reward and recognition, employee relations, policy development, training analysis and design, and talent management.

 

You'll have exposure to a wide range of opportunities across different departments. You'll work on some fantastic projects with senior leaders at the heart of policy and operational delivery. You'll have the opportunity to influence policy, engage with key stakeholders and build a portfolio of skills in areas such as talent management, employee relations, engagement and building capability.

 

Flexibility/mobility is required subject to business need.

 

Requirements

  • 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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HR Fast Streamers are developed in the skills they need to be the future leaders of the Civil Service. You'll get CIPD accreditation and you will study towards completing an HR professional qualification at Level 7. Successful completion and promotion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k.

More about the Human Resources scheme (PDF)

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Your progression through the programme

Supporting your learning

  • The CIPD is the recognised professional association for HR. As part of the Civil Service HR professional development initiative, you'll study towards a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management.
  • Support from Line Manager and Talent Coach to ensure you are acquiring the right learning to support your development.
  • 5 days of paid study leave per placement and also paid time off for exams and module lectures.You will need to complete some of the requirements of the course in your own time.
  • The Fast Stream Core Curriculum comprises a range of other learning includes pre-booked courses, e-learning, post-specific learning, and action learning sets.

Up to £55k

If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.

What benefits will you enjoy?

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The programme offers many advantages for participants, which include:

 

  • professional qualifications
  • immediate responsibility and autonomy
  • close contact with senior civil servants
  • management of people and resources
  • fast-paced work
  • a valuable network of contact.
  • excellent training and development opportunities.

 

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 the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care assistance and more.

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 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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Next Event

The majority of Fast Stream events are held at universities across the UK. These campus events are typically only open to students and alumni of that university. If you are a member of the public wishing to attend an event on campus you will need to first contact the university concerned to see if they will be able to facilitate external guests.  
Fast Stream also attends a number of large careers events. Details of these are all posted on the events section of our website.