Hello, as fsbs have started for the 2019 faststream and rejections have also begun, I thought it would be a good time to start a thread about the Direct Appointment Scheme (DAS) to provide information and a space to talk about the DAS.
I have seen a few questions about the DAS in the main faststream thread, with a number being repeated, so having its own thread could be beneficial even though it is quite early.
You might be contacted about the DAS if you either failed the FSAC with a high score, (>8), or if you passed the FSAC but failed the fsb again with a high score.
Having read through the 2018 thread, here is the information I have gathered about the scheme:
- The first emails were sent out at the end of February, with some being as late as April.
- The email contains an Expression of Interest (EoI) and lets you know that there could be interest in hiring you through the DAS. You fill out the form with a preference of your location and start date.
- At this stage, your email will indicate whether it's an EO or HEO position you're being considered for. There will be an FAQ attached to the email. Whether you're offered an EO or HEO role seems to depend on your FSAC score. Some with scores between 9-10 were offered HEO roles. I'm not sure what the cutoff score was, it could depend on the department or scheme you applied for.
- There can be a wait up to 3-4 months to hear back once you've returned your EoI. Some people heard back within a month.
- Responses come back department by department, BEIS was the first last year, followed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), DEFRA, DExEU, Home Office, MoD. (I may have missed one or two, they are not in order of responses other than BEIS being first)
- You are contacted to let you know one or more of these departments are interested in you. It can take a month or so to be contacted by the department directly.
- Once contacted, you arrange an informal phone call to discuss your role and suitability. It seems this is a friendly call with no prior preparation required.
- Once offered a role, you go through the standard pre-employment checks. This can take 6-8 weeks. For some roles such as MoD, you may require a DV security check with can take 3-6 months.
- Start dates seemed to begin from June-July onwards.
If there are any other questions, I will try my best to answer them and edit this post if required.
- It seems that you don't need to have a score>2 for all competencies to be offered a role through the DAS. Paceyw1972 was offered an EO position with a score of 9.87 with 1 competency below 2.
- We have confirmation that departments have been contacted regarding taking on candidates through the DAS by -=|Jay|=-.
- We still don't know which departments will be hiring through the DAS but this shows the ball is rolling. Hopefully means we'll start hearing by the end of February like last year.
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Does anyone know if you get a list of departments to pick from which you would prefer to work
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Just to say I spoke to Parity about this. This could be inaccurate because we all know parity is a bit of a mess, but they said FSAC scores, not FSB scores are taken into account. But I've seen that most individual schemes that have FSBs seem to run their own DAS separately so I can't imagine they would ignore the scores completely. Maybe she meant that the fact we passed the FSAC is taken into consideration, whether or not we did well for the FSB?
I pray to god if I get offered anything its not related to Brexit
'Start dates seemed to begin from June-July onwards.'is that 2019 or 2020 ?
Just to add I remember in the main thread before Christmas someone who failed the PD FSB was told that there should be a good number of roles coming up. I don't think they directly mentioned the DAS but I assume that's what it was.
Thanks for starting this thread. I just found out I failed the FSB for DDaT, so I'm hoping for a DAS role now (I got 10.57 at FSAC). I'll update if/when I hear something.