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Applications open for 20/21 Digital, Data and Technology Fast Stream

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It's that time of year again where applications for the award-winning Civil Service Fast Stream open. Regularly recognised as one of the UK’s leading graduate schemes and for the second year running the number 1 scheme in the Times Top 100 graduate employers. The Civil Service Fast Stream has grown in popularity as successful applicants are able to work in one of 15 fast-paced subject areas to promote and protect the nation's interests.

Becoming a civil servant gives people the opportunity to shape the decisions that will affect everyone’s lives and to deliver the public services that we all rely on. Becoming a Fast Streamer comes with an attractive starting salary and lays the best possible foundation for future promotion and progression.

If you’re looking for a new opportunity in a fast paced environment and are interested in technical, digital, commerce and cyber this could be the career for you. To find out more visit the Digital, Data and Technology stream page.

The Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Fast Stream

The Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Fast Stream offers UK-wide opportunities made up of 3 12-month long placements. Those who apply will become key members of the DDaT and cyber teams working across government to design, build, run and assure essential government digital services.

For next year’s cohort, there will be opportunities to develop expertise at the leading edge of cyber security, in partnership with the Government Security Profession.

The addition of a cyber strand to the DDaT Fast Stream comes at a time when fraud threats are progressively sophisticated, and high profile attacks increasingly common. The need for talented individuals keen to solve some of the hardest problems in government is greater now than ever.

A chance to develop skills and make your mark

During each placement, DDaT and Cyber Fast Streamers will get to grips with a multitude of fast-faced, innovative technology, data, digital policy focused or cyber-focused roles that are at the forefront of e-government.

You may be advising ministers and senior management on strategy and policies, or leading teams responsible for the detection and response to cyber incidents and the technology and processes required to keep pace with the evolving cyber threat.

Each placement will create challenging opportunities to develop your skills, make an impact and set you on course for future progression.

Don’t just take our word for it

Jemima joined the Civil Service 2 years ago and is developing her career in cyber security.

Experiencing different departments has enabled me to learn new skills, while being able to share my thoughts on improving ways of working. From different teams I’ve learned about infrastructure, networking and service desk operations and I’ve had the opportunity to attend cyber conferences, including Cyber UK 2019 in Glasgow hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre.

To read Jemima’s recent blog post visit the Civil Service Fast Stream blog. Or listen to DDaT Fast Streamers explaining in their own words why they applied, how they found the Fast Stream and the different projects they were involved in the GDS podcast.

Who should apply?

The Civil Service Fast Stream is one of the most sought after and award-winning leadership development programmes in the UK.

There’s no “typical” DDaT Fast Streamer. Anyone with (or expecting) a 2:2, a degree apprenticeship or a postgraduate degree in any subject can apply to the DDat Fast Stream provided they’re also eligible to work in the UK.

There is more information on the requirements for different courses on the Civil Service Fast Stream website as well as the Civil Service culture and its values as an inclusive and diverse employer.

The application window is now open until the 22nd October. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

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