IT services group Parity has been awarded preferred supplier status by the Civil Service for an £8m, five-year deal to move to online screening for its graduate training programme.
The service will set out to improve communication with candidates, and speed up the selection and recruitment process for the Civil Service's Fast Stream initiative.
By October next year the existing paper-based initial assessment process will be replaced by supervised computer-based testing.
The online scheme hopes to reduce the number of dropouts during the recruitment process by increasing the number of days applicants are able to attend.
Currently, those invited to the assessment phase of selection have a choice of just four days during the year to take the tests.
The new scheme will allow candidates to take the initial assessment at any of Parity's 28 regional training centres.
The progress of each candidate's application will be tracked using Xperius technology based on Microsoft's .Net web services platform.
Parity will also host a contact centre, allowing delegates to check the status of their application via the web, phone or by post.
The Cabinet Office said: "The marketplace for the top five per cent of the nation's graduates is fiercely competitive, and these improvements will reduce the risk of losing out to other high-level, usually City-based institutions.
"The improvements will contribute to a more progressive, online vision of government."
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