Develop professional skills and help deliver the most exciting projects happening in Britain today
Project Delivery Fast Streamers enjoy unprecedented scale and challenge in their work. There are a wide variety of opportunities to work on projects that deliver huge benefits and improvements to our society, from building hospitals and railways, to providing cutting-edge digital services. These projects are transforming the way we live and work and have a positive impact on people across the UK.
Joining the Project Delivery Fast Stream will give you the chance to build professional project skills whilst playing an active role in some of the most significant projects around the world.
You will enjoy fast-paced projects of unparalleled scale and complexity. You could be managing risk on a defence project to build the country’s next aircraft carrier, transforming the way emergency services communicate with each other, scoping a project to reduce carbon emissions or leading a small project of your own.
This 4-year programme will give you experience at each stage of a project lifecycle. Each posting will allow you to build on your core skills in project delivery. These are just some of the roles and projects that our current Fast Streamers are working on:
Projects such as these will allow you to learn a range of skills and methodologies that will support you in becoming a future leader of the Civil Service.
In your first year, you’ll undertake a 12-month placement working on a government project, giving you the skills required to become a project delivery leader of the future.
In your second year, you’ll spend 6 months in another government profession that will supplement and support your growth as a Project Delivery leader. This may include Commercial, Finance, Policy or Operational Delivery. You’ll then have the chance to spend six months working on a project outside the Civil Service in either a charity, Arms-Length Body (ALB), or in another public or private organisation.
In your third year you’ll undertake another 12-month placement working on a government project.
In your fourth year you’ll undertake another 12-month placement working on a government project.
I found my PhD to be a perfect fit for many of the activities I have carried out in the Civil Service. The variety of opportunities is immense. I have relished the chance to become an expert in implementation rather than focusing solely on policy.
The possibilities available to us on Project Delivery are extraordinary, the support will be there throughout and the opportunities are limitless!
Project delivery is integral to the Civil Service, the UK and even the global jobs market as a whole. I’m proud to be playing my part.
I great thing about project delivery is the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy. The impact of your work can improve the lives of millions
You will be supported in many different ways. You’ll be assigned a mentor from within the Project Delivery Profession. This will generally be a Senior Civil Servant with many years of experience. Your activity manager will support you in day-to-day activities. Your cohort leader will work with you to ensure you are getting the wider learning and development opportunities that you’ll need.
You'll also have the opportunity to undertake Project Management qualifications that are the most relevant to your placements. Qualifications include:
In addition, there are a range of standard Fast Stream learning events for you to develop your leadership skills. After 2 years you’ll undertake an assessment to make sure you’re on track for a grade 7 role at the end of the scheme. If you pass the assessment, you’ll be awarded a pay rise to £32,000 for the final 2 years of the scheme.
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.
Successful completion of the scheme, with promotion, will see you earn around £45k to £55k, whilst other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare vouchers and more.
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.