Civil service’s tech fast stream opens for applications

The civil service has opened applications to its fast stream graduate recruitment programme.

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The civil service has opened applications to its fast stream graduate recruitment programme.

The fast stream is the biggest public sector graduate recruitment scheme, employing over 800 individuals every year.

The fast stream covers 16 different disciplines, including one for technology which has been rebranded from ‘Technology in Business’ to the ‘Digital and Technology (DaT) stream’ this year.

People who join the digital and technology stream can expect to learn about strategy and policy, user research, product design, software engineering and commercial management, according to a Government Digital Service (GDS) blog post.

The scheme has been shortened from four years to three, with the first two years covering a number of different roles in different departments. In the final year fast streamers will choose a specialism and work in one department.

The post added: “On-the-job learning will be supplemented by a technical curriculum that includes agile ways of working and coding.”

The Cabinet Office said that the stream is “designed to develop future leaders in the field, and focused on providing simpler, clearer and faster government information and services built around user needs.”

Siju Salami, a technology fast streamer in the CTO’s office in the Department for Work & Pensions, said that his team “plays a central part in designing IT solutions” for both the public and civil servants.

He said: “The fast stream scheme isn’t just for coders, it offers a wide variety of roles in the technology world. Each role I’ve been given has let me tap into my existing skill-set but also develop new competencies.

“What unites the roles and fast-streamers is a real interest in how we can use technology to improve public services. Not only does this scheme help develop your skills, it gives you an opportunity to help shape government services for many years to come.”

Candidates are asked to complete verbal and numerical tests, situational judgement questionnaires and an email inbox ‘e-Tray’ exercise as part of the application process.

Shortlisted candidates are then invited to a one day assessment at a centre in London, where they do a number of written and group exercises and interviews.

Successful applicants receive a starting salary of at least £25,000 and, if promoted, can expect to be earning over £45,000 after five years. The deadline for applications is 3 November.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “To build a world-class Civil Service fit for the 21st century, we need to recruit, retain and promote the very best and help them reach their potential quickly.

“The civil service fast stream plays a key role in helping us achieve this. It has long been one of the most respected graduate employment schemes and we are constantly improving it to reflect changing priorities.”

Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood said: “The Civil Service needs leaders at all levels. Whoever you are and whatever your background, the Fast Stream will give you the skills you need to become a senior leader.

“If you think you have the talent and commitment to succeed, this is an unmissable opportunity to be involved at the heart of government in tackling the big issues facing our country and society.”

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