Headlines: September 5th, 2001

The Civil Service ‘fast stream’ – which attracts and nurtures future talent  has been modernised to reflect changes in the skills make-up required for a modern service.As well as traditional time spent working with Ministers, fast streamers will in future be expected to spend time getting hands-on experience of front line delivery, and to work across several departments as their career progresses to encourage more joined-up thinking in the future.A review of the fast stream programme has been conducted as part of the wider reform of the Civil Service. ‘Redefining the Fast Stream’ makes a range of recommendations covering marketing, selection, talent spotting and career development.

Sir Richard Wilson, Head of the Civil Service, stresses that revamping the fast stream is not because of a lack of entrants – this year’s complement has been fully filled even in the difficult skills areas of science and engineering.

He says the move is about attracting a new type of recruit looking to develop a new range of skills that will support the future modernised service.