Civil Service Fast Stream – Applications now Open!

Join the Civil Service Fast Stream – Applications are now open

For more than 65 years we’ve been recruiting talented people to lead the Civil Service. During that time, the Fast Stream and its Diversity Internship Programmes have never stopped finding new ways of developing and supporting leaders who embody the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and impartiality.

If you’re interested in applying for any of the schemes below, please join our Fast Stream Ambassadors – University of Reading Facebook group, where we’ll be posting information about upcoming events, as well as some top tips on how to prepare for each of the assessment stages.

The Fast Stream

The Fast Stream is ranked second in the ‘Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’ – and achieved the ‘Times Public Sector Graduate Employer of Choice’ award each year since 2015.

Through the structured three-year graduate programme you’ll gain genuine responsibility from day one. You will be stretched and challenged on a daily basis, moving between roles and departments to gain a wide range of experience to develop a comprehensive skill set.  You will undertake placements in different government departments, from the Cabinet Office to the Department for International Trade, among others. You will also be exposed to roles in different government professions including Corporate Services, Operational Delivery and Policy.

There are 15 different schemes which you can apply for, including the Government Economics Service, Science and Engineering and the Diplomatic Service. For more information about the different schemes and the application process, click here.

The Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP)

The multi-award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives people in their final 2 years at university from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like. It puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. As a successful applicant, you’ll get an insight into the broad range of opportunities available across the Civil Service.

The SDIP is a great way to prepare for a place on one of our Fast Stream graduate programmes, which could lead to many different career paths at the heart of the UK Government. Two months on the SDIP could change your life!

You’ll also be invited to undertake Fast Pass, which is a quicker route to Fast Stream selection.The Fast Pass means if you receive a positive appraisal during the 2019 SDIP internship, and then apply for Fast Stream 2020, you’ll be fast-tracked past the initial online selection stages. You’ll also receive coaching to support you. This gives you an excellent chance to succeed on the Fast Stream.

For more information and eligibility criteria click here.

The Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP)

This award-winning internship is available to first-year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The 5-day placement in a government department gives you valuable insight and understanding of what it’s like to be on the Fast Stream.

If you’re interested in a career in the Civil Service, it’s an ideal way to learn in a short space of time if we’re right for you. It’s also a great foundation for applying to the Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP).

For more information and eligibility criteria click here.