Horizons Talent Matching Service -REFERRAL ONLY



Horizons Talent Matching Service - REFERRAL ONLY


Following the success of previous similar programmes, Buckinghamshire Council is pleased to present our new employment initiative, Horizons. Working alongside select partner organisations, we hope that the Horizons programme will offer the support needed for individuals in Buckinghamshire who face barriers to securing work.

Whilst this programme is currently a referral-only system, we have carefully considered the partners we are working with to ensure that the right people have access to the support on offer.

About the role

Being part of our Horizons Talent Matching Service means that you will have access to the following, whilst you work towards securing a role:

  • Signposting to online and in-person employment support
  • Invite-only employment events run by the Council
  • Monthly drop-in sessions with our in-house Career Development Consultant
  • Guidance on best-practice for job applications and interviews
  • Job-matching based on your skills, interests and personal requirements*


The support won’t end once you secure a job with us. Candidates who are successful in being offered a role at the Council will continue to have access to the programme for 6 – 12 months following their start date. Once in post, you will be offered:

  • Continued coaching and guidance from the Career Development Consultant
  • A personalised Horizons learning plan upon induction to set you up for success in your first year and beyond
  • Training and development recommendations tailored to your needs.
  • Networking opportunities to make connections that will support you through your career.


Please remember that we can only match candidates to jobs when they become available at the Council and may not immediately have suitable job opportunities for you.

About you

To be eligible for the Horizons programme you will need to be unemployed (or on a contract of 15 hours or less) and referred to us by one of our partnering organisations or teams. We are also looking for people who are ready to start or return to work and are open to learning new things, but just need a little extra support to get them there!

At present, we are only accepting applications to the Horizons programme from those who have been referred to us by one of our partnering teams as follows:

  • DWP or JobCentre Plus
  • Buckinghamshire Council’s Leaving Care team
  • Buckinghamshire Councils NEET and NEET SEND team
  • Oasis Partnership
  • Oxford Health
  • Talkback

Please be aware that we are limited to the number of referrals that we can receive at any one time. If our referral limit is reached, we will not be able to accept your application, but you can apply again at a later date.

Other information

Horizons is referral-only to ensure a high-quality service for those on the programme. If you’re looking for extra support getting into a job but aren’t eligible for support from our partnering teams and organisations, there are lots of options available for you to consider. Some of our recommendations include:

Adviza: a registered charity that inspires and supports young people and adults to progress in learning and work – aiming to raise people’s aspirations, motivate them to achieve their full potential and support them when they have to make key decisions about their future.

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning: the main local provider of part-time learning opportunities for adults, offering over 1500 courses and regularly running courses aimed at supporting people into (or back into) work.

Bucks Skills Hub: whatever stage of career you’re at, the Bucks Skills Hub can help you to develop the skills and qualifications needed to be successful in the workplace.

Building Futures: helping adults and young people across Buckinghamshire break through the barriers to education and employment, whatever their circumstances.

Careers Springboard: A free job club for Managers, Professionals and Graduates actively seeking work – offering CV advice, mock interviews and more.

Pertemps: our official partner for agency workers, Pertemps also has a range of resources to help you into work.

For further information please contact [email protected]

Our values

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • a fair and inclusive culture
  • the chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events

At Buckinghamshire Council, we know that our biggest strength comes from the people that work for us, and that’s why we’re working hard to ensure we continue to be an accessible and inclusive organisation.

From dedicated staff networks overseen by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, to proudly standing as a Disability Confident employer, it’s important to us that all our colleagues feel engaged, listened to, and valued. Our offer of flexible working empowers a productive and happy workforce and allows employees to combine work with other responsibilities and commitments.

We believe our workforce should reflect the diverse communities we service in Buckinghamshire, and are looking for like-minded individuals to join us in promoting equality, fairness, and inclusion for everyone.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto-enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme. We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and much more.