Civil Service administrators (Fast Stream) work for the government, preparing and carrying through government policies. They deal with some of the most important and complicated matters. Fast Stream entrants are all graduates. They gain rapid promotion to management posts.
You could be:
carrying out research, analysing different options and preparing policies
working out the details of how policies will be carried out
advising ministers on policy and helping them answer questions in parliament
managing a department or a part of a department
negotiating with officials and managers from public and private organisations
keeping cabinet ministers up to date
perhaps working in the private office of a minister.
There are a number of Fast Stream routes available (see ‘More information’ below). You need at least a second class Honours degree, usually a 2:1 or a 2:2. The degree discipline required depends on the route you choose. See the Civil Service Fast Stream website below for specific details.
Entry to a degree course usually requires 4-5 Highers, plus English at least at National 5.
Entry to the Fast Stream is by written tests and competitive interviews, designed to examine your intellectual and leadership abilities.
Dates for registering interest and applications vary according to the Fast Stream route. Details on how to apply are on the Fast Stream website.
strong minded and resilient, as this is a demanding job.
You should have:
a keen interest in politics and current affairs
sound reasoning skills
good intellectual ability
good written and spoken English.
You would train on the job through a series of work placements lasting 3 to 5 years.
Some departments offer you a mentor.
Fast Stream administrators start as trainees and may attend courses at Civil Service Learning.
You would be encouraged to study for further qualifications, including the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).
You can expect to move on quickly, into a management post.
Promotion is competitive and is based on your ability and your commitment.
There are Fast Stream opportunities in Edinburgh within the Scottish Parliament as well as in London and other parts of the UK.
There are 15 different schemes on the Fast Stream, each with high-quality, structured learning and a career path within a government profession. You can choose up to 4 scheme preferences when you apply. Go to the Civil Service Fast Stream website to register your interest.
Full details of the Fast Stream and all relevant contact details can be found on the Civil Service Fast Stream website. The Civil Service Fast Stream is ranked among the top five Times Top 100 Graduate Employers.
The Civil Service operates a Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship Programme for candidates from diverse backgrounds; ethnic minorities, socially or economically disadvantaged, and those with a disability. Interns spend between six and nine weeks in a government department doing project related work. Interns usually start in June and are paid a weekly training allowance. You must have, or expect to get, at least a 2:2 degree in any discipline, and be in your final two years at university. You would normally apply in October - December of the year before you hope to start an internship.