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The Human Resources Fast Stream scheme is an accelerated development programme designed to give the brightest graduates the skills they need to be the future leaders of the Civil Service.
The programme offers many advantages for participants, which include:
You'll get CIPD accreditation and, on completion of the programme, an HR professional qualification.
Due to the size and complexity of the organisation, 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'll have exposure to a limitless number 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.
You’ll start in a Policy, Corporate or HR Business Partner (HRBP) role. On your first of two 18-month placements, you'll learn more about your team, department, the Civil Service and HR generally. You’ll also begin your HR Professional Qualification in this period.
After your first formal assessment at 12 months, the programme will start to consider your next placement. The conversation at 12 months between you, your Talent Coach and line manager, alongside your development needs and personal circumstances, will inform the role you’ll be assigned to for your next placement.
You’ll move into a different department and area of HR – either into a policy, operational or corporate role. You may also move location.
At the end of the three years, you’ll undertake an assessment through which, if you are successful, will allow you to progress onto applying for promotion.
I led large projects and a team, and worked on high profile projects for the Head of the Civil Service, all in my first six months.
The real draw for me was the huge diversity of HR roles you can do. In the Civil Service the possibilities are endless.
The fantastic thing about the Fast Stream is that in just three years you have the skills you need for a senior management position.
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.
You'll have a line manager from your department who is responsible for your day to day work and ensuring you are suitably challenged, developed and supported during your post to help achieve your work objectives and development goals.
You will have 5 days of paid study leave per placement and also paid time off for exams and module lectures.
A range of other learning includes pre-booked courses, e-learning, post-specific learning, and action learning sets. An Activity Manager will ensure you’re challenged and supported, while your Cohort Leader will monitor your progress and explore your development with you.
Up to £55k
If you successfully complete the scheme and are promoted, you could earn around £45k to £55k.
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 and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k, while other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance 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.
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.