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Join our Project Delivery Fast Stream

Project Delivery Fast Streamers enjoy unprecedented scale and challenge in their work.

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.

Joining the Project Delivery Fast Stream will give you the chance to build professional project skills whilst playing an active role in some of the most significant projects around the world. You will enjoy fast-paced projects of unparalleled scale and complexity. There are a wide variety of opportunities to work on projects that deliver huge benefits and improvements to our society, from building hospitals and railways, to providing cutting-edge digital services. These projects are transforming the way we live and work and have a positive impact on people across the UK. 

You will enjoy fast-paced projects of unparalleled scale and complexity. This 4-year programme will give you experience at each stage of a project life cycle. Each posting will allow you to build on your core skills in project delivery. It is expected that our Fast Streamers will undertake a mix of Specialist, Generalist, and Leadership project delivery roles whilst on the scheme.

These are just some of the roles and projects that our current Fast Streamers are working on:

• scoping the benefits and impacts associated with increasing airport capacity.

• working across departments to support economic growth and decentralisation of powers in cities across the UK

• supporting the High Speed Rail project as an Assistant Project Manager.

Projects such as these will allow you to learn a range of skills and methodologies that will support you in becoming a future leader of the Civil Service.

Whilst the official scheme length is 4 years, there will be early exit opportunities for those who are ready for promotion ahead of this time. There are many factors that determine if someone is ready for early exit, and we would look at each request on a case by case basis.

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

• Mentoring from a mentor from within the Project Delivery profession (this will generally be a Senior Civil Servant with many years of experience).

• Support from your activity manager will support you in day-to-day activities.

• A cohort leader who will work with you to ensure you are getting the wider learning and development opportunities that you’ll need.

• Attending Fast Stream learning events for you to develop your leadership skills.

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 2:2 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. Successful completion of the scheme, with promotion 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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