I have been working at Cabinet Office full-time
The Faststream allows you to easily gain experience across a range of departments in short period of time. Good opportunities to build a cross government network and determine where you wise to specialise.
Quality of placements are questionable, some can be great, others can be terrible. You have little to no ability to move placements and although preferences are collected in terms of location and development needs, these seem to go out of the window during an opaque posting matching process. With this process despite being able to identify where you wish to specialise, you are unable to source placements that will allow you to hone these skills which is frustrating, especially considering the length (4 years) of the programme
Advice to Management
Listen to the users, Civil Service Resourcings stubbornness and inflexibility to change is driving talent out of the civil service. Retention figures highlight this and do not apply the generalist process to specialist schemes
I applied online. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (City of Westminster, England) in August 2017.
The hiring process was fair and simple. The application required 4 core competencies, from the civil service competency framework. However it took 3 months before being contacted for interview, I applied in June and later received an email inviting me for interview in mid August. The interview process was excellent, I waited for a while after my scheduled time. I was escorted by a beautiful young HR staff who took me to the room, she was really approachable and spoke with me whilst making my way to the room. I was welcomed by a mix of 3 bright young people, of various backgrounds and genders, which was really exciting.
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