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Applications for Civil Service digital and data Fast Stream to open next month

David Bicknell Published 24 August 2017

Scheme which is aimed at graduates and existing civil servants keen to develop their digital, data and technology skills will open for applications on September 14


The Government Digital Service (GDS) has begun promoting the availability of the Civil Service’s digital, data and technology (DDaT) Fast Stream for 2018 which opens for applications on September 14.

The scheme is aimed at graduates and existing civil servants and consists of six placements over four years. Fast streamers will work in up to six government departments, in various UK locations.

In a blog post discussing the scheme, GDS director general Kevin Cunnington suggested that the DDaT Fast Streamn will produce civil service leaders of the future.

“As head of the DDaT profession, I’m hugely excited about this scheme,” he said.

“Our colleagues across departments can be very proud of the steps they have taken to transform and build services that meet the needs of their users. But we know there is a lot more to do, and to enable that we must continue to build a diverse, innovative workforce. With the challenges of Brexit, security, and improving how we use data, there’s never been a more exciting time to join the Civil Service. Nor more of a crucial time to ensure we recruit the best people possible. The DDaT Fast Stream has an important role to play in this,” he added.

Cunnington pointed out that the scheme is also open to applications from people who have well-established positions within the Civil Service as well as those fresh out of university.

“Everyone has something unique to bring to the Fast Stream, and to get the kind of innovative, driven talent that we’re seeking, we look far and wide. For this reason, we don’t require you to have a technical background; you’ll learn everything you need on the job. And you’ll learn fast.”

Cunnington said the DDaT Fast Stream would give participants a “rich grounding” in many different areas of digital.

“A typical placement might include innovative, large-scale and complex projects in fields like artificial intelligence, cyber security, data analytics and data science, or robotics. You might be involved in user research, or building web services and creating content for websites. You’ll also have the chance to train in agile methodologies at the GDS Academy. With the expertise you gain, you may even end up advising ministers on digital, data and technology policies,” he said.

Cunnington said that although the Fast Stream is a four-year commitment, he said he saw it as the first chapter of an exciting long-term career in the modern Civil Service.

“Thanks to initiatives such as the GDS Academy, which allow you to continuously develop your knowledge and expertise as you progress, there will never be a point where your learning comes to a halt.”

There is more about the scheme on the DDaT Fast Stream Site


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