Minister for Europe, Baroness Kinnock, today announced the re-launch of the European Fast Stream and encouraged graduates to apply.
The scheme, part of the highly successful Civil Service Graduate Fast Stream, aims to prepare candidates to succeed in the EU’s demanding recruitment process by providing them with specialist work experience and training in EU affairs. As a European civil servant, individuals could have the opportunity to influence policy that affects over 400 million people across the EU, for example working to tackle climate change or to combat terrorism.
Commenting on the scheme Minister for Europe, Baroness Kinnock said:
“Joining the European Fast Stream (EFS) is an exceptional opportunity for passionate, dynamic individuals from the UK to have a voice in Europe, to shape European policy and to make a real difference to the world in which we live.”
For the first two years, successful recruits will be based in a Government Department with significant EU-related responsibilities, such as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, or the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In addition to this, candidates will get the chance to work in the European Commission for six months on an internship.
They will also receive EU-related training and language training in French or German. With this support, it is hoped candidates will pass one of the competitions to enter the EU institutions during their two years on the scheme. Those who do not will enter the mainstream Graduate Fast Stream and get the opportunity to do both policy and operational jobs in the UK civil service.
The Fast Stream registration and application process opens on Monday 21 September 2009 and closes on the 30 November 2009.
Further information on the scheme is available at: http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/jobs/faststream/