Science & Engineering

The award-winning Fast Stream is the leadership development programme that develops the highest potential graduates to become the future leaders of the Civil Service.  Joining the Fast Stream offers the unique opportunity to make a difference to the whole of society. The Civil Service supports the government of the day to implement its policies effectively. Fast Streamers help to shape the decisions that will affect everyone’s lives and to deliver the public services that we all rely on.


Society faces many challenges where science can provide solutions. As a Science and Engineering Fast Streamer you could be working on issues as diverse as climate change, health science, defence and security, energy technology, and transport innovation. You'll be responsible for making sure that the best science and engineering advice is applied to the government’s work.


Whatever your scientific or engineering background, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge to the development and application of policies, translating often complex scientific evidence into justifiable, clear recommendations for senior-level decision makers. 


Most importantly, the training and opportunities you will be offered will shape you to become future government leaders in science or engineering. You will exit the programme as confident science advisors, advocating for the value that science and engineering brings to the government’s work.


By the time you complete the scheme, you’ll be as comfortable in a policy or operational delivery role as you are in a technical environment. This will give you a wide choice of career options within the Civil Service, and the flexibility to switch between different types of roles.


The minimum starting salary is £28,000.  Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45,000 to £55,000. Not only that, your work across postings will have made a real difference to people’s lives.


You’ll receive the same core training as Generalist Fast Streamers alongside specialist training unique to the Science and Engineering Fast Stream. This specialist learning is linked to the Government Science & Engineering Profession’s emerging career framework, and includes: 


  • A mixture of face-to-face training courses and e-learning packages.
  • Excellent links with external industry partners and academia.
  • Bespoke training opportunities aimed at addressing your specific learning needs, enabling you to broaden your understanding of science and engineering in the Civil Service.



We support applicants with health conditions, learning difficulties and disabilities, with their applications and through their Civil Service careers. We operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme. If you have a disability and meet the minimum qualifying criteria for your chosen scheme, you may choose to skip part of the first stage of the assessment process.


You can choose up to 4 scheme preferences when you apply to the Fast Stream. So, whether you are looking for your first graduate role, seeking to return to work, or change profession, the Fast Stream is the ideal place to progress a meaningful, fulfilling career.