Help ensure the best science and engineering underpins government policy across a wide range of areas
Society faces many challenges where science can provide solutions. You'll be responsible for making sure that the best science and engineering advice is applied to government policy and decision-making.
Science and Engineering Fast Streamers work on issues as diverse as climate change, bioscience policy, defence technology, transport innovation and food production.
You'll take on a range of roles across the Civil Service, some have a substantial policy element, others are more technical in nature. This will give you access to a wide range of exciting career pathways, quite different from those found in academia and industry.
You'll apply your specialist skills and knowledge to the development and application of policies, acting as an expert customer, developing an evidence base and undertaking systematic analysis.
Building a foundation: supporting science, engineering and technical advice in government
You’ll complete a year-long posting in the Civil Service. This might be working with a chief scientific advisor or providing expert advice and analysis to inform a specific area of policy. You’ll be exposed to exciting new challenges, grow in expertise and begin to experience the difference you can make.
Broadening your outlook: gaining relevant experience outside the Civil Service
You will complete two 6-month postings, including a 6-month secondment outside the Civil Service. The secondment could be in the wider public sector, the private sector or even overseas, providing you with new perspectives to inform policy making. From the end of year 2, if you successfully complete your mid-scheme assessment you salary will increase to £32,000 a year.
Breaking new ground: expanding your skill set, experience and expertise
You’ll complete another 12 month posting in a Civil Service role. Depending on the nature of your previous postings, it could be an opportunity to take on a more specialist or technical role. You’ll confidently take on new areas, drawing on the skills and competencies developed in the previous two years.
The final piece in the jigsaw: completing your last year-long placement
By the time you complete the scheme, you’ll be as comfortable in a policy or operational delivery role as you are in a technical environment. This will give you a wide choice of career options within the Civil Service, and give you with the flexibility to switch between different types of roles. Not only that, your work across postings will have made a real difference to people’s lives.
The potential benefits of upcoming technologies are simply amazing: no other job would give me the opportunity to help shape the policy which will influence how these technologies are used for the benefit of all of us.
I have very broad scientific interests and this scheme offered me the opportunity to remain connected to science but use my analytical skills to work on the big picture problems across government.
Upon completing my PhD I wanted the opportunity to apply what I’d learned in the real world. The Science Fast stream seemed like an ideal opportunity to do this.
If you have a scientific mind and want a job which will allow you to use your skills to benefit a wide range of people, then the Science and Engineering Fast Stream is for you.
You’ll receive the same core training as Generalist fast streamers, which includes a mixture of face-to-face training courses and e-learning packages, as well as a 4-day induction programme before you take up your first post.
In addition, there will be a range of development opportunities specifically for the Science and Engineering Fast Stream. These aim to provide additional technical skills and broaden your understanding of science and engineering in the Civil Service.
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. Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, a professional qualification, flexible working, season ticket loan, sports and social activities, childcare vouchers and more.
If you pass the online tests, you'll be invited to complete an Application Form and this will be sifted by the scheme owner. If successful at the sift, then you will 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.