project delivery


Project Delivery

Develop professional skills and help deliver the most exciting projects happening in Britain today


4 years






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 need to be 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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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:

  • scoping the benefits and impacts associated with increasing airport capacity
  • working across departments to support economic growth and decentralisation of powers in cities across the UK
  • supporting the High Speed Rail project as an Assistant Project Manager.


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.

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Your progression through the programme

What you’ll learn

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:

  • PRINCE2 Practitioner 
  • Agile PM Practitioner 
  • MoR Practitioner (Management of Risk) 
  • MsP Practitioner (Managing Successful Programmes) 

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.

What benefits will you enjoy?


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.

Application process


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.


Assessment centre

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.


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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