Civil Service Fast Stream: Houses of Parliament scheme

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The Houses of Parliament Fast Stream is a fascinating opportunity to work at the heart of the parliamentary process while remaining outside the cut and thrust of politics.

On the Houses of Parliament Fast Stream you will be placed in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords and be given the opportunity to work in a variety of roles and departments.

Fast Streamers often spend their first two years working on Select Committees or in Chamber-facing offices. Fast Streamers in the Commons spend at least a year of the four-year programme working in another area of the House (such as Outreach, internal audit and the Restoration and Renewal of the Palace of Westminster).

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What skills do you need?

To be eligible to be a Fast Streamer in the Houses of Parliament you need to have at least a 2:2 degree in any subject.

You’ll also need to demonstrate the key competencies expected of all Fast Streamers. Other key qualities which are tested during the final selection board interview process include:

  • An interest in current affairs: working at the centre of British politics you need to know, and have an appetite to want to know, what is going on around you.
  • An ability to demonstrate political impartiality at all times: being sensitive to political events and aware of different interpretations and implications of those events.
  • Good communication is key: you need to be able to communicate effectively, clearly and confidently in person and in writing, often to tight timescales.
  • Being able to handle pressure and work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Being able to relate well to others and working in a team: you will normally find yourself working in a small team (often on a committee), which requires the ability to work with others, both in and out of the House, to produce detailed briefings in complex and quickly-evolving situations.
  • Organisation and the ability to plan and distribute work: these skills are essential in helping the Houses and their Members achieve their objectives.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications for the 2016 Civil Service Fast Stream (including the Houses of Parliament scheme) has been extended until Monday 30 November 2015.

Applications are made online through the Civil Service Fast Stream recruitment process and you can select the Houses of Parliament as your first choice on the ‘General Fast Stream’. If you get through to the Fast Stream Assessment Centre you will be invited to attend an open day at the Houses of Parliament. More information on the various stages of the application process are set out on the Civil Service Fast Stream website.

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