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Join our Houses of Parliament Fast Stream

As a House of Commons Fast Streamer, you’ll work with politicians from all parties to scrutinise Government policy and support the UK’s democratic process.

Location: London

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.

Through a variety of roles within the House of Commons you’ll manage enquiries and evidence sessions for a departmental Select Committee, and be involved in directly supporting the work of the Commons Chamber and assisting in the passage of legislation. You will learn to command the confidence of MPs by providing them with impartial and assured advice, no matter how challenging the issue may be.

You can expect to facilitate debates, help scrutinise legislation and advise MPs on the best ways to achieve their parliamentary objectives. You will also assist in the management of Parliament and its daily business.

You may also have the opportunity to work in other areas of the Parliamentary service such as: media and communications, diversity and inclusion, research and information (the House of Commons Library) or parliamentary estate management.

While most of the learning is on the job you will also receive the following support:

  • • Induction week
  • • Regular training sessions and seminars
  • • Specialised programme of learning to help you gain an understanding of Parliament
  • • Procedural training course (with time to undertake within your job role).
  • • In-house and external training relevant to your job
  • • Development plan full of activities, training and milestones
  • • Support from your line manager, a training coordinator and Fast Stream talent managers

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.

If you have an interest in politics, public policy, and the Constitution, this scheme will give you the experience and skills you need to develop your potential to be a future leader in the Parliamentary service. 

  • You have or expect to have, 2:2 or higher in any degree subject. Existing civil servants can apply without a degree. 
  • You have lived in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years

Company benefits: Minimum starting salary of £27,000-£29,000. 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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