Exclusive: Fast Stream reform group aims to move fast in introducing right to training and secondments

The group tasked with reforming the civil service Fast Stream wants to introduce a right to undertake training and secondments, the group’s head Lin Homer has told CSW. She hopes to make the changes quickly, and suggested that they may affect all current fast streamers.

By Joshua.Chambers

22 Feb 2012

Homer, who is the HMRC chief executive, said the Fast Stream Task and Finish Group is keen to move “fast” on “how we ensure that we are making available the right forms of development and training opportunities... so one of the things we’re looking at is ensuring that there is a chance [for fast streamers] to do one posting outside [their] department.” Currently, fast streamers’ access to training and secondments is extremely variable.

Homer said her group will report back to the Cabinet Office at the end of March, and will “try and get some improvements off the ground quickly.” The changes could affect current cohorts, she said: “There is an appetite amongst [fast streamers] that some of the things we’re doing on training and development, if it were possible, should be offered out to existing fast streamers.”

Homer added that her group wants to see “better coordination of data and information about the people who are going through the scheme,” from departments.

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