On the Project Delivery Fast Stream, you’ll develop professional skills to help deliver the most exciting projects happening in Britain today
Up to 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.
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- 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 including degree apprenticeships
- Existing civil servants can apply without a degree
What will you experience?
You will enjoy fast-paced projects of unparalleled scale and complexity. 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. It is expected that our Fast Streamers will undertake a mix of Specialist, Generalist, and Leadership project delivery roles across Projects, Programmes and Portfolios whilst on the scheme.
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. Successful completion of the scheme, with promotion, will see you earn around £45K to £55K.
Whilst the official scheme length is 4 years, there will be early exit opportunities for those who are ready for promotion ahead of this time. There are many factors that determine if someone is ready for early exit, and we would look at each request on a case by case basis.
Map of previous years role locations -
Your progression through the programme
Year 1 - 12 months. Working on a government project, programme or portfolio will give you the skills required to become a project delivery leader of the future.
Year 2 - 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.
6 months working on a project outside the Civil Service in either a charity, Arms-Length Body (ALB), or in another public or private organisation.
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.
Year 3 - 12-month placement working on a government project, programme or portfolio.
Year 4 - 12-months. In your final year you’ll undertake another placement working on a government project, programme or portfolio.
Supporting your learning
- Mentoring from a mentor from within the Project Delivery profession (this will generally be a Senior Civil Servant with many years of experience).
- Support from your activity manager will support you in day-to-day activities.
- A Talent Development Manager will work with you to ensure you are getting the wider learning and development opportunities that you’ll need.
- Attend Fast Stream learning events for you to develop your leadership skills.
- Undertake Project Management qualifications relevant to your placements. Qualifications include:
- APM PMQ Practitioner.
- PRINCE2 Practitioner.
- Agile PM Practitioner .
- MoR Practitioner (Management of Risk) .
- MsP Practitioner (Managing Successful Programmes).
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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.
Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care vouchers and more.
The online assessments consist of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires, Work Based Scenarios and a video interview.
You'll only move on to the next test, if you've successfully passed the previous one.
If you pass the online assessments, you’ll be invited to undertake a half day assessment centre. This will be conducted virtually on line. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist a leadership scenario, a team scenario and a written scenario. Information will be presented via an app that you will be able to access remotely.
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.