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Hi all,

Today we're opening the UK Parliament Fast Stream programme for 2021.

Apply now, and in a year you could start your placement in the House of Commons or House of Lords.

As you might know, Parliament and Government are not the same – but the Fast Stream application process is similar.

As a Fast Streamer, you’ll work with politicians from all parties to scrutinise Government policy and support the UK’s democratic process. You might manage evidence sessions for a select committee inquiry, or work in Commons or Lords Chamber assisting in the passage of legislation.

We'll keep an eye on this thread, so if you have questions about being a Parliament Fast Streamer, the applications process, or what it's like working in Parliament - just let us know
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Thanks Boris 🙏🏼
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Are applications as competitive as the regular Civil Service fast stream scheme as well? And are there are any tips regarding the application process? Thank you!
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Thanks Boris 🙏🏼
Oh dear.

Need to read up on the difference between government an parliament huh?
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Oh dear.

Need to read up on the difference between government an parliament huh?
not particularly
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Is it true you only have five places available on the scheme?
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Are applications as competitive as the regular Civil Service fast stream scheme as well? And are there are any tips regarding the application process? Thank you!
Hi Sarskinz, thanks for your question. We recruit through the Civil Service Fast Stream, so the application process is the same until after the Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC). The top candidates who are successful at FSAC and have chosen Houses of Parliament as a preference are invited to a final selection board (interview). Our main tip would be to make sure you’re familiar with the criteria being assessed. You can find more information here: https://www.faststream.gov.uk/how-to-apply

Good luck!
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Is it true you only have five places available on the scheme?
Hi Archdukes, the House of Lords and House of Commons are both relatively small employers, so we take on a relatively small cohort of Fast Streamers. This year we’re looking to recruit around 6 Fast Streamers in total. There are lots of benefits to working in a smaller organisation, including getting to know colleagues quickly, including the most senior colleagues.

Don’t be put off – one of the benefits of the Fast Stream process is that you can choose four scheme options as preferences, so it’s worth choosing the HoP scheme if you think you’d enjoy working in Parliament!
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Why is the Parliament Fast Stream the most competitive in terms of applicants to places available?
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Why is the Parliament Fast Stream the most competitive in terms of applicants to places available?
The Houses of Parliament scheme is different from the other Fast Stream schemes because successful candidates work for either the House of Commons or the House of Lords rather than the Civil Service. From the first week on the job, Fast Streamers interact with MPs/Peers from across the political spectrum, which our Fast Streamers consider to be a real advantage to the role. Other advantages include being right in the middle of what’s happening (our Fast Streamers are on a rota for recording the results of votes in the Houses), working on high profile select committee inquiries which might attract lots of media interest, and the Palace of Westminster being your office. We think those are probably some of the reasons why lots of people choose to apply for the Houses of Parliament scheme!

The House of Lords and House of Commons are both relatively small employers, so we take on a relatively small cohort of Fast Streamers.
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Hi,Last year we could also apply directly to the UK Parliament Graduate Development Programme through Bright Network. Is this being run this year too? If so, when will applications open?Thanks!
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Hi,Last year we could also apply directly to the UK Parliament Graduate Development Programme through Bright Network. Is this being run this year too? If so, when will applications open?Thanks!
Hi! We’re only recruiting through the Civil Service Fast Stream for our graduate intake this year, but the scheme has expanded to include positions in the House of Lords as well as the House of Commons.

If you’re interested in working in Parliament and you’re not successful through the Fast Stream, we recommend you keep an eye on the jobs webpages of both Houses, where there are lots of other opportunities to work for us.
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