Skill Up Bucks is an employability programme that aims to create opportunities for people aged 17+ to meet and interact with employers across Buckinghamshire. The programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for Work and Pensions*.


What is Skill Up Bucks?

Skill Up Bucks will align schools, colleges and local employers to provide work experience opportunities for anyone living in the county, developing both the available skills pool for local employers and opportunities for young people.

Through a range of activities such as employer visits, recruitment events, mentoring and work experience, Skill Up Bucks aims to:

  • Develop local talent and skills
  • Develop employability skills and confidence
  • Support students to make the right decisions for their future
  • Help schools and colleges to meet Gatsby benchmarks (particularly 5 and 6)
  • Help employers identify and nurture future talent
  • Help local people to discover opportunities in their county
  • Reduce skills and talent migration
  • Give local employers a voice with their LEP, especially in the area of key skills required.

Who delivers Skill Up Bucks?

Skill Up Bucks is delivered by careers charity Adviza and delivery partners Buckinghamshire New University, The Healthy Living Centre and Buckinghamshire Business First.


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How can I get involved?

Anyone keen to get involved – either employers, individuals or education centres – can contact [email protected] and a specialist adviser will be in touch.

Employers can also register for support here


*The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme.

The project is receiving up to £973,283.95 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit