Develop professional skills and help deliver the most exciting projects happening in Britain today
APPLICATIONS CLOSED: Register your interest below.
In government, there is unprecedented scale and challenge to our work and a huge variety of opportunities to work on projects that deliver huge benefits and improvements for our society. From building new hospitals or railways to providing cutting-edge digital services, these projects are transforming the way we live and work and have an 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 work in a range of government departments on a variety of fast-paced projects of a scale and complexity that you won’t find anywhere else in the UK. 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 of each stage of a project lifecycle, with each different posting allowing 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:
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 a complementary government profession (Commercial, Finance, Policy or Operational Delivery) to develop your understanding of the role that they play in a project. 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.
Implementation of government policy relies on projects and the chance to deliver projects that could directly improve the lives of millions seemed unmissable.
The scheme also provides the opportunity to undertake formal Project Management qualifications.
The variety of opportunities is just immense and the chance to become an expert in implementation instead of an area of policy will allow me the occasion to work on any or all of these projects and many others over the years to come.
Joining the Civil Service with a PhD is a perfect fit, many of the activities that one acquires during a PhD are useful in the Civil Service.
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 behind them. In addition, your activity manager will support you on a day-to-day basis and your cohort leader will make sure you’re getting the wider support and learning and development opportunities that you need.
You will also have the opportunity to undertake Project Management qualifications that are relevant to your placements. These are just a few examples of the qualifications you could gain (please note these web pages are used for illustration purposes only, and wouldn’t necessarily be the training organisations we would use):
In addition there are a range of standard Fast Stream learning events for you to develop your soft 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
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.
If you are successful at the assessment centre, you’ll be invited to take part in a final selection process.
The specialist assessments will assess your broad capabilities and motivation to be part of the profession you’ve chosen. You’ll be sent detailed guidance before the assessment to explain what is involved.
Applications closed. Get notified when we are recruiting again for our Fast Stream programme.
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.