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Join our Government Communication Service Fast Stream

On the Government Communication Service Fast Stream you’ll reach out to our audiences, supporting awareness and engagement with some of the most important issues in our society.

Location: Nationwide

What you will be doing

The award-winning Fast Stream is the leadership development programme that develops the highest potential graduates to become the future leaders of the Civil Service. Joining the Fast Stream offers the unique opportunity to make a difference to the whole of society. The Civil Service supports the government of the day to implement its policies effectively. Fast Streamers help to shape the decisions that will affect everyone’s lives and to deliver the public services that we all rely on.

The Government Communication Service Fast Stream launched in 2015 to recruit and develop the profession’s next generation of leaders. Working with senior leaders and Ministers in a fast-paced environment, you’ll learn about leading world-class communications. Communications that support Ministers’ priorities, improve people’s lives and enable the effective operation of our public services.

You’ll work across a range of departments and communications disciplines. You might be working in a busy press office, an innovative internal communications team or on campaigns and marketing, using public relations and low cost media. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with senior leaders and ministers in a fast-paced environment.

When you’ve finished the programme, you could be leading a communications team or even a directorate.

You'll also receive support and training throughout your time on the scheme including:

  • • working towards the Level 6 Strategic Communication Management Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • • mentoring from senior leaders within the profession Support from your activity manager who will support you in day-to-day activities.
  • • a Talent Development Manager who 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.
  • • access to a communications specific Learning and Development curriculum

What you will have

You can choose up to 4 scheme preferences when you apply to the Fast Stream. So, whether you are looking for your first graduate role, seeking to return to work, or change profession, the Fast Stream is the ideal place to progress a meaningful, fulfilling career.

We support applicants with health conditions, learning difficulties and disabilities, with their applications and through their Civil Service careers. We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you have a disability and meet the minimum qualifying criteria for your chosen scheme, you may choose to skip part of the first stage of the assessment process.

  • You have or expect to have, a 2:1 or higher in any degree subject. Existing civil servants can apply without a degree
  • You have eligibility to work in the UK.

Company benefits: Minimum starting salary of £28,000. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme salary of £45,000 to £55,000. Civil Service pension scheme, professional qualifications, flexible working, season ticket loans, sports and social activities, child care vouchers and more

Onwards to our company and culture…

We are Civil Service Fast Stream

We are very proud to be voted No 1 Graduate Employer of Choice in the Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. We are also Graduate Employer of Choice for the Public Sector and our HR scheme.

  

What we do

Our work impacts every aspect of society and our organisation is built on a culture where people genuinely matter. Over 400,000 staff work across the UK, contributing to professions as diverse as: Finance, Diplomacy, Health, Human Resources, Communications, Digital, Science and Technology.

Civil servants are united by a strong sense of purpose. And our enduring values – integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity – run through everything we do.

What is it like to work in the Civil Service?

The Fast Stream is an award-winning graduate leadership development programme. We offer structured development, with a choice of 15 schemes, each within a profession and the opportunity to experience multiple government departments.

Fast Streamers benefit from flexible working that enables work-life balance and a competitive salary. The minimum starting salary is between £27,000 - £28,000 with salary progression on the scheme and earnings potential on completion, of £45,000-£55,000. Vibrant face-to-face and virtual networks create social opportunities around work, such a sporting activities, special interest groups and events. The community actively supports one another and life-long friendships are frequently formed.

What type of person do we look for?

There is no typical Fast Streamer. People from all ages, cultures and backgrounds thrive on the programme. So whether you are looking for your first graduate role, seeking to return to work, or change profession, the Fast Stream is the ideal place to progress a meaningful, fulfilling career.

Each Fast Streamer’s journey is based on an agreed and unique personal development plan that will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to be a confident, inspiring and engaging future leader.

  

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