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Cabinet Office launches new Fast Stream programme

The Cabinet Office has launched a 'Technology in Business' Fast Stream for the Civil Service.

The Civil Service Fast Stream is an accelerated training and development programme for graduates. It offers five schemes: the Graduate Fast Stream (which includes the Diplomatic Service), GCHQ, the Economist Fast Stream, Statisticians Fast Stream and now the Technology in Business Fast Stream.

The Technology in Business Fast Stream aims to provide an entry route for talented graduates interested in delivering technology–enabled change within the public sector.

According to the Cabinet Office, Technology in Business Fast Streamers will be selected for their potential to become future Chief Information Officers or leaders of large scale, IT–enabled business change.

The Cabinet Office says successful candidates will be placed in a leading central government department and will be provided with foundation and ongoing training and development. They will have a formal mentor to support their career development and will have the opportunity to meet and work with technology leaders across the wider public sector.

Katie Davis, director of Government IT Profession, said: "The profession's aim is to provide IT professionals with a career that benefits both them and government, ensuring that IT supports the business transformation of government itself and provides better, more efficient public services.

"To help us achieve this aim long–term we are looking for graduates who have a strong interest in technology and the aptitude to understand and use technology, plus an appreciation of how technology can change Government's ways of working and interacting with citizens and businesses and a demonstrable drive for results."

Further information about the Technology in Business Fast Stream will be available on the www.cio.gov.uk/ITProfession web site in September.

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