Applications are now open for the 2015 Civil Service Fast Stream, which sees the overhauled technology stream offering digital graduates an opportunity to work in government.
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The Digital and Technology Fast Stream replaced the Technology in Business Stream in 2014, to reflect the government’s attitudes towards digital public services.
The Cabinet Office said the Digital and Technology Fast Stream aims to develop future leaders in the field, while focusing on providing simpler, clearer and faster government information and services built around user needs.
The Digital and Technology Fast Stream offers on-the-job learning, supplemented by a technical curriculum that includes agile ways of working and coding.
Successful applicants will gain technical experience in a number of areas, including strategy and policy, user research, operations, delivery, product design, content analysis, software engineering and commercial management.
As part of the overhaul, the Digital and Technology course has been shortened from four years to three. In years one and two, participants will be encouraged to try different roles in different departments to develop a variety of digital, technology, operational and delivery skills. In year three, they will choose a specialism and work in a government department.
Following the course, the majority of Digital and Technology participants will move into a government department to begin their career.
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The Civil Service Fast Stream is the largest public sector graduate recruitment programme offering permanent contracts, employing more than 800 people each year and covering 16 separate disciplines.
Siju Salami, a Digital and Technology Fast Stream participant in the office of the CTO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), said the Fast Stream scheme isn’t just for coders, but offers a wide variety of roles in the technology world.
“The CTO team plays a central part in designing IT solutions that meet the user needs of both the public and the people who serve them,” he said.
“Each role I’ve been given has let me tap into my existing skillset, but also develop new competencies.
"What unites the roles and the participants is a real interest in how we can use technology to improve public services. Not only does this scheme help develop your skills, it gives you an opportunity to help shape government services for many years to come,” he added.
The deadline for applications is 3 November 2014 and those without degrees are permitted to apply for the Digital and Technology Fast Stream.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: “To build a world-class civil service fit for the 21st century, we need to recruit, retain and promote the very best and help them reach their potential quickly. The Civil Service Fast Stream plays a key role in helping us achieve this. It has long been one of the most respected graduate employment schemes and we are constantly improving it to reflect changing priorities.”
In August, the Cabinet Office said it had seen 100 digital and technology experts join government departments over the past 12 months.
Led by the Government Digital Service (GDS), the recruitment has seen experts join to fill a variety of technical roles, as well as to strengthen digital leadership across Whitehall. Roles include chief digital officers (CDOs) and CTOs, as well as technical architects and developers who are working to transform government digital services for citizens.
Departments which have hired new technology experts include the Cabinet Office, Home Office, DWP, Ministry of Justice (MOJ), Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC), Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).