Has the department not been in contact with your friend at all? The email I received informing me of my placement gave me the contact details for someone within that department, and all the contact I have had since then has gone through that person. I can't quite imagine that no contact details have been passed on to your friend.
Yeah...apparently he was in contact with a fast streamer originally (from that department), and was told that his boss would be in contact soon after that. So in theory, he can still contact the fast streamer to try and find out more information, but no, I don't think contact details for anyone else have been passed on. That was the the situation as I understood it, anyway - I can quiz him for more details next time I see him!
Have received an email saying they're in the process of assigning me and I should hear shortly, and then a request to help test a new etray..
Yeah, I got that one as well. It said in that e-mail it would be 6-8 weeks but in the personal e-mail they sent to me (after I e-mailed them to ask) it said it would be about a month. Might be worth dropping them a line to see if you can narrow it down a bit!
That's the thing, my mate got that email but mine was different and sounded more immediate. Might give them until the end of the week and then chase them up
I only got the e-mail about helping out with the new e-tray, so it looks as if we're all at different stages in the assignment process
I only got one email as well, there was just a difference in the intro statement at the top.
oh, so your mate's said something different? I just assumed it was generic.
"Dear Fast Streamer,
As you know, we are currently in the process of assigning you to a department, and we hope to tell you more about this shortly. In the meantime..."
My mate's said:
"Dear Fast Streamer,
I am writing to update you on your Fast Stream assignment. We have not yet assigned you to a government department, but believe we will be able to do so over the next few weeks. As you will know from the literature you've already seen, we cannot be precise about timings; but our best estimate at the moment is that we may be able to tell you something more concrete about your assignment in about 6-8 weeks. "
Of course, I'm not sure what or whether to read anything into the difference.
For those of you joining the Fast Stream, you should be invited to a reception with the Cabinet Secretary (Head of the Home Civil Service) within your first year of joining the Fast Stream. It is here you need to tell him that the system of allocating places needs to be sped up - and it does.
Failing that, write to your MP and ask him/her to write to the Minister for the Civil Service (nominally the Prime Minister but in reality one of the ministers in the Cabinet Office) to see what the deal is.
I get your point, but I still reckon that September to June - and that's without even having a vague inkling of where you're going to end up - is excessive. Not complaining, just want to actually start earning again!