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Want to lead the civil service? Apply for the tech fast stream, says GDS director

The next generation of civil service leaders will come from its digital, data and technology fast stream, the head of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington, has claimed.

Now in its eighth year, the programme is one of 13 streams open to recent graduates and current civil servants. Appointees work across government departments to build new digital services.

In a blog announcing that applications will open on 14 September, Cunnington wrote: “There’s no doubt that the DDaT Fast Stream is where we’ll see the leaders of the future emerge.”

The scheme lasts four years and places employees in up to six departments across the country. While it focuses on technology, candidates aren’t required to have a technical background.

“You’ll learn everything you need on the job. And you’ll learn fast,” Cunnginton wrote.

The programme is one of the most competitive fast streams schemes in the civil service, with just 3.5 per cent of applicants winning a place in 2015, according to the latest annual report.