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.
Operational Research (OR) is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better policy decisions.
You’ll do this using techniques ranging from quick back-of-the-envelope calculations to complicated systems dynamics models, forecasting, simulation and analytics.
Different OR techniques can be used to objectively assess the current situation and how different changes might affect it. Our work brings government policy to life and has an impact on everyone in the UK.
You will be using your intellect and creativity as problems can be complex, often with no single ‘right answer’. Your work will support all areas of government, including policy-making, strategy and operations.
Operational researchers commonly work with economists, statisticians, social researchers, scientists and those in policy. Whilst most OR Fast Streamers only work in analytical posts, it is also possible to take up generalist posts, such as working in a private office (working directly with a Minister and liaising with departments on their behalf).
You will join the Government Operational Research Service (GORS) with access to over 700 members. The minimum starting salary is £27,000. Promotion and successful completion of the scheme will see you earn around £45,000 to £55,000.
Our training includes:
- 2-day residential induction course
- Access to a range of high quality training courses to develop your OR professional skills and wider leadership and management skills.
- Access to a programme of cross-government events and conferences
- Support in achieving professional accreditation by the OR Society (if desired).
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.