We all need leaders. People who are prepared to commit themselves to solving the big issues – like improving people’s employment prospects, widening access to public services and defending the country against natural disasters. For more than 65 years we’ve been recruiting talented people to lead the Civil Service. During that time, the Fast Stream has never stopped creating new ways of developing and supporting leaders who embody the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and impartiality. Our aim is to equip you with the skills you need to become a senior leader in the UK Civil Service, admired by many as a model of its kind.
The Fast Stream is ranked among the top five of The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. Whichever way you lead, when you take up a place you’ll begin to build the kind of career that will have a real impact on the way the country is run.
Technology in Business Fast Stream
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The Technology in Business Fast Stream
Government technology has an impact on millions of people each day across every part of society. Policing. Prisons. International aid. Education. Social welfare. These are just some of the areas where your ideas can make a real difference as a TiB Fast Streamer. The government has committed to providing services digitally by default. You’ll play an important part in delivering the very best digital and technology services in the world.
What could I do?
Technology in Business is designed to turn you into a technology leader. You don’t need an IT-related degree to join, but you must be interested in technology and understand the role digital and technology plays in enabling departments to meet our citizen’s needs. Over a series of intensive placements, you’ll work with digital and technology leaders across the public sector, gaining new skills and knowledge from each. Every placement is tailored to ensure you develop skills across a number of different digital and technology disciplines.
Training and development
After a short induction event, you will also take part in a specially developed learning programme to help you develop your understanding of the business drivers in the public sector and the political and social dimensions that drive change.
During your placements, training will be geared towards helping you understand the business of the organisation you have joined, while also learning digital and technical skills and management competencies. You will also receive the formal training needed to be successful in a project environment, including practical experience of developing IT-enabled solutions for operational staff or working on projects to develop new digital services for citizens and business users.
As well as a mentor to provide ongoing support and advise you on learning opportunities and the sort of experience you need to gain, you’ll also be able to network with the wider digital and technology community, and with operational and policy peers in central government departments and in devolved administrations.
What are we looking for?
To apply, you will need to have achieved or be predicted to achieve at least a 2:1 degree or postgraduate degree by 2014. You will also need:
a strong interest in digital and technology (though your degree does not necessarily need to be IT related)
the aptitude to understand and use technology
an appreciation of how technology can change and improve services with citizens and businesses
And of course, because you will join the Civil Service as what we call a as Higher Executive Officer (Development), you'll need to demonstrate the key competencies we expect from all our Fast Streamers.
If you are a substantive serving civil servant, graded no higher than HEO or equivalent, and if you have successfully completed probation and are not subject to disciplinary or poor performance proceedings, you do not need any academic qualifications to apply to this option.
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Everything about this programme is designed to help you develop the experience and skills judged to be the most important for future leaders.
Exactly which department, or departments, you work in will depend on a range of factors, including the particular Fast Stream you are in. We can’t take account of personal preferences, but wherever you are based you can expect outstanding development opportunities. This is reflected in the offical title of Fast Streamers in the Civil Service: Higher Executive Officer (Development). And don’t expect to specialise in one area or one kind of work – the Fast Stream provides a very varied set of experiences.
More and more, Fast Streamers take on roles involving direct contact with the public. Insight into the policy-making process is valuable and enhanced by experiencing for yourself how a policy is received by the public, and the impact it makes on their lives.
Operational work is about providing high-quality and efficient public services direct to citizens. For example, you might run a court or the border control at a busy airport.
Policy involves formulating and evaluating government strategy, initiatives and projects. It requires research, analysis, presentation of objectively balanced evidence and close collaboration. For example, you might work as part of a Bill team, framing legislation then helping to steer it through Parliament.
Corporate services include specialist functions such as HR, finance, procurement, communications and IT within government departments. You might coordinate budgets in a tight fiscal environment, or maximise value for money through bulk purchasing strategies.