The government is searching for its next generation of IT leaders

The government is using its new Civil Service Technology in Business Fast Stream scheme to capture the best IT talent to help run its major technology projects.

The government is using its new Civil Service Technology in Business Fast Stream scheme to capture the best IT talent to help run its major technology projects.

Following a successful pilot scheme that led to the recruitment of six men and women from across the country, the new Technology in Business Fast Stream hopes to appoint up to 20 of Britain's best graduates this year.

The Cabinet Office said Technology in Business Fast Streamers will be selected for "their potential to become future chief information officers or leaders of large-scale, IT-enabled business change".

They will be placed in leading central government departments, receive ongoing training and development, have a senior mentor to shape their career development, and the opportunity to meet and work with key technology leaders across the wider public sector.

Sarah Scott, who was recruited by the pilot scheme, has now started work with HM Revenue & Customs after studying business management at the University of Surrey.

She said, "When I started my university course, I never thought it would lead me to a job in government, and certainly not a place on a scheme aimed at developing the IT leaders of the future."

Scott said, "Right from the start I will be working on a project to make IT operations more environmentally friendly - it is a really exciting area and is a long way from the stereotypical image of dull computer experts."

Gillian Merron, minister for transformational government, said, "The Technology in Business Fast Stream has been set up to ensure Britain's best and brightest graduates are given the opportunity to apply their skills to Whitehall's complex and exciting ICT projects, which are all about making government better for people."

The scheme is open to applicants with a first, upper second or postgraduate degree in business, engineering, librarianship, mathematical science, physical science, technology or IT management for business.

Applications for this year's scheme are now open, and close on 30 November.

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