Fast Stream

Programme update: October 2022

The Government Communication Service is committed to continuous improvement and as part of that process, we have recently held an in-depth review of our Fast Stream programme that has been running since 2015. Following that review, we have decided to pause the programme so we can look at strengthening it. This means we will not be recruiting a new Fast Stream cohort to join us in 2022.

We remain absolutely committed to developing and retaining talent and improving all our accelerated development programmes, including the Fast Stream.

4 years scheme

Can you see yourself as a future leader of government communications? Do you want to be part of a fast-paced environment, with a high level of responsibility from the start? Do you want to work on communicating issues and policies that you feel passionately about?

If so, then the Government Communication Service Fast Stream is right for you.

The Fast Stream scheme offers ongoing training and development as a foundation for promotion on completion of the scheme and long-term career progression.

What is it like to work in government communications?

Andrew Gornall, second-year GCS fast streamer, said:

Since joining the Fast Stream I have completed two postings, in the Ministry of Defence and in Cabinet Office. My highlight so far has been developing the internal and external communications around Prince Charles’ visit to the military base I worked on. The experience I’ve had so far has been excellent, and I would definitely encourage others to apply.

Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications, said:

“Skilled, passionate, talented government communicators don’t just inform the public; our work helps build the economy, saves lives, protects the vulnerable, and promotes Britain in the world.

The work we do is rarely easy, constantly challenging, and always rewarding. As a member of the communications fast stream, you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the full breadth of your skills and to work on projects across government, giving you an unrivalled ability to see what government does as a whole.”

Application process – currently closed

The application process includes a variety of assessments reflecting the type of skills fast streamers use. In order to apply, you will need to hold a 2:1 degree in any subject and be eligible to work in the UK, and if you’re a current Civil Servant, you don’t need a degree to apply.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of departments and communications disciplines. You could find yourself working on awareness and engagement with some of the most important issues in our society, developing and delivering national media campaigns or presenting audience insight to Ministers’ offices.