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My Government Statistical Service (GSS) Fast Stream experience

Natasha Bance

Now that I’m getting to the end of my first year in the Civil Service, I have been taking some time to think about what this year has taught me and my Fast Stream journey so far. I’m on the Statistics scheme and have been working as a Data Analyst at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). I’m part of a team working on the Government’s response to the Grenfell tragedy taking flammable materials off buildings.

The role immediately appealed to me as it’s a high-profile area which makes a difference in the real world. But I was apprehensive when I found out my Activity Manager (AM) would be part-time. I have since found that my AM’s working pattern has allowed me to be involved in work which may not be typical in other Fast Stream statistician roles. For example, I have been able to:

  • contribute to ministerial briefings
  • contribute to Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs)
  • advise and influence senior civil servants

This role has been fast paced and days can vary greatly. For example, short notice data requests from private office colleagues can mean that we have to stop working on other projects and concentrate on specific analysis. I have had the opportunity to independently manage datasets and carry out analysis that has helped find funding solutions to make buildings safer, and avoid costs being passed on to residents.

My Skills and Capability Manager (SCM) has been an important part of my Fast Stream journey so far. Our meetings provide me with advice and time to think about my development. I am able to use our meetings to identify skills I would like to develop while still in this role and beyond. The Fast Stream programme has also given me the opportunity to play netball every week, and attend a range of social and networking events.

I previously worked in academia, and was unsure about the changes that joining the corporate world would bring. But as my first year in the Civil Service comes to an end, I’m certainly feeling more settled in my new career.

Maxime Brooks
Natasha Bance
Maxime Brooks is a Year 1 Government Statistical Service (GSS) fast streamer. She is currently in her first posting at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).