2nd February 2016

A report commissioned by the Civil Service, with the input of The Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission, reveals a distinct lack of socio-economic diversity in the Government’s Fast Stream graduate programme and makes practical recommendations to tackle the issue. The Fast Stream is aimed at equipping candidates to become future leaders of the Civil Service. The research, led by the independent charity The Bridge Group and supported by CEM, demonstrates that while advances have been made, the profile of the Fast Stream intake remains unrepresentative of the wider student and graduate population.

Just under 140,000 candidate applications were included in the large scale quantitative analysis, led by CEM. This work builds on previous and current research that the Centre is undertaking to address social mobility and access in education.

The Bridge Report suggests bold practical steps to address socio-economic inequality not just within the Fast Stream, making broader recommendations and encouraging employers across the public and private sectors to follow the Civil Service's lead in tackling this issue.

Read a full version of the report at the Cabinet Office website.

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