project delivery


Project Delivery

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

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4 years






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 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 to expect

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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:

  • managing risk on a defence project to build the country’s next generation of war ships (the Destroyer Programme)
  • leading on scoping the benefits associated with increasing airport capacity
  • working on a cross-department programme supporting economic growth and decentralisation of powers in major cities across the UK
  • supporting the High Speed Rail project as an Assistant Project Manager
  • these projects 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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What's in it for you

Learning and development

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):

  • APMP 
  • 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 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. 

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 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.

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.

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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.