Civil Service Fast Stream

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Presentation by Tamas Borbely, Assistant Statistician (Department of Transport), at University of Sussex, February 2011

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Civil Service Fast Stream

  1. 1. ‘For Queen and Country’The Civil Service Fast Stream<br />Tamas Borbely<br />Assistant Statistician <br />Department for Transport<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />My background<br />What is the Fast Stream? <br />The selection process<br />The job <br />Further reading<br />
  3. 3. My background <br /><ul><li>My background
  4. 4. What is the Fast Stream?
  5. 5. The selection process
  6. 6. The job
  7. 7. Further reading</li></ul>Diverse work experience <br />BSc Psychology <br />Enjoyed statistics courses <br />Final-year project in neuropsychopharmacology<br />Any background is welcome in the Fast Stream <br />
  8. 8. What is the Fast Stream? <br /><ul><li>My background
  9. 9. What is the Fast Stream?
  10. 10. The selection process
  11. 11. The job
  12. 12. Further reading</li></ul>‘Talent management programme for graduates who have the potential to become the future leaders of the Civil Service’ <br />Focus on training and development <br />Challenging roles and responsibility from day one <br />Work across Whitehall <br />Opportunity to go on secondments to other Departments, private sector companies, and the EU <br />
  13. 13. The selection process 1/2 <br /><ul><li>My background
  14. 14. What is the Fast Stream?
  15. 15. The selection process
  16. 16. The job
  17. 17. Further reading</li></ul>Very competitive <br />Very long (approx. September to March)<br />Very challenging <br />Exciting and entertaining<br />Online exercises: verbal reasoning and numeracy<br />E-tray: information processing, working under pressure <br />Statistics Assessment Centre: statistics-specific knowledge and skills<br />Fast Stream Assessment Centre: presentation, analytical thinking, communication in groups <br />
  18. 18. The selection process 2/2 <br /><ul><li>My background
  19. 19. What is the Fast Stream?
  20. 20. The selection process
  21. 21. The job
  22. 22. Further reading</li></ul>Skills required: <br />Analytical thinking <br />Effective communication<br />Thinking on your feet <br />Traits required: <br />Self-confidence <br />Hard-working<br />
  23. 23. The job 1/3 <br /><ul><li>My background
  24. 24. What is the Fast Stream?
  25. 25. The selection process
  26. 26. The job
  27. 27. Further reading</li></ul>Produce statistical releases for the public, professionals, ministers, etc. <br />Liaise with executive agencies, local authorities, subcontractors, etc. <br />Answer queries from the press, the public, ministers, MPs, etc. <br />Explore potential improvements to processes<br />
  28. 28. Example 1 <br /><ul><li>My background
  29. 29. What is the Fast Stream?
  30. 30. The selection process
  31. 31. The job
  32. 32. Further reading</li></li></ul><li>Example 2 <br /><ul><li>My background
  33. 33. What is the Fast Stream?
  34. 34. The selection process
  35. 35. The job
  36. 36. Further reading</li></li></ul><li>Example 3 <br /><ul><li>My background
  37. 37. What is the Fast Stream?
  38. 38. The selection process
  39. 39. The job
  40. 40. Further reading</li></li></ul><li>The job 2/3 <br /><ul><li>My background
  41. 41. What is the Fast Stream?
  42. 42. The selection process
  43. 43. The job
  44. 44. Further reading</li></ul>Ts and Cs: <br /><ul><li>Starting salary: £25,000 -£29,000
  45. 45. (possibly specialist bonus)
  46. 46. Annual leave: 20-30 days (+privilege days)
  47. 47. Flexible hours (core hours at DfT: 10-12; 2.30-4)
  48. 48. Possibility of funded external training (limited)
  49. 49. (e.g. MSc, Royal Statistical Society examinations, etc.)</li></li></ul><li>The job 3/3 <br /><ul><li>My background
  50. 50. What is the Fast Stream?
  51. 51. The selection process
  52. 52. The job
  53. 53. Further reading</li></ul>The good: <br />Challenging <br />Exciting <br />Responsibility <br />Training and development <br />The bad: <br /><ul><li>Lack of organisation
  54. 54. Current cuts:
  55. 55. Promotion more difficult
  56. 56. Even fiercer competition for places</li></li></ul><li>Further reading <br /><ul><li>My background
  57. 57. What is the Fast Stream?
  58. 58. The selection process
  59. 59. The job
  60. 60. Further reading</li></ul>Just type it ‘Fast Stream’ into a search engine! <br />Next round of Statistician Fast Stream application runs between 7 March and 4 April <br />Tamas.Borbely@dft.gsi.gov.uk<br />

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