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Generalist - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

On the Generalist - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) option, you’ll work on issues of national importance, driving forward policies and delivering opeations that change society for the better.


3 years






Driving innovation, the STEM sector encourages the divergent thinking and creativity that’s critical to realising our vision of building a skilled, innovative and ambitious Civil Service equipped for the future.

That’s why we’re keen to attract more people with STEM degree backgrounds to join the Fast Stream. We’ll encourage you to use your full range of skills in a variety of roles, to bring a new perspective to areas like the development of public policy.

The Generalist – Fast Stream offers the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of roles to establish your strengths and leadership potential. You’ll benefit from placements in different departments, ranging from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Work and Pensions among others, across the country. You’ll also be exposed to roles in different government professions including Corporate Services, Operational Delivery and Policy.


  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • You need, or expect to have a 2:2 or higher in the below degree subjects, including degree apprenticeships
  • Degree subjects: STEM grouped subjects, Economics, Accountancy / numerical based subjects, BSc, MSc.

STEM grouped subjects are listed below:

  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Subjects allied to medicine
  • Biological sciences
  • Veterinary science
  • Agriculture and related subjects
  • Physical sciences
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Computer science
  • Engineering and technology
  • Architecture, building and planning

What will you experience?

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Generalist - Fast Streamers learn from a range of postings in the heart of government policy and operational roles and also have the opportunity to develop a deep knowledge of these areas.

Each role you undertake will require different skills to succeed, offering you the opportunity for continual learning with a real emphasis on leadership development. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45k to £55k.

Supporting your learning

  • Day-to-day contact with a manager based in your department to ensure you’re challenged in your role
  • Developmental support to monitor your performance.
  • e-learning
  • Posting-specific learning
  • Action learning sets.

Up to £55k

  • Starting Salary - £28,840
  • Capability assessed salary increases throughout the scheme
  • Towards the end of Year 3, you will complete your End of Scheme Assessment. If successful, you will be promoted off the scheme, either into a role you have identified or into a priority permanent role allocated by the scheme. In your role on graduation from the scheme, you could earn between £45k and £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.

Other benefits include the Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, childcare assistance, diversity support/networks/forums and more.

Application process

Step 1 - Online Assessments

Online assessments

The online assessments consist of Work Style Questionnaires, a multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaire, Numerical Test and Work Based Scenarios.

Step 2 - Assessment centre

Assessment centre

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.

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