Horizons

Improving access to Westminster jobs and careers.

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New Faces, New Politics

Progressive Britain is proud to launch the Horizons Programme, an event series, aimed at supporting young people interested in working in politics from under-represented backgrounds 

The programme aims to: 

  • Give practical knowledge of the many avenues and roles that are available, what to expect when applying, and what they can expect from working in politics, thinktanks and the wider Westminster eco-system. 
 
  • Give attendees a handle on an industry where formal guidance is often not available via FaceTime with speakers representing areas across the many different aspects of the sector. 
 
  • Help attendees understand the skills and experience they need, the expectations employers have and the complex political nature of these jobs.
 
Though these events are focused on Westminster careers we are holding them around the country to reach people who want to lend their talents to central government. 
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"Politics can feel like a closed loop sometimes with those from certain backgrounds given opportunities over and over again. The Horizons Programme is designed to open the door to those who don't have access to these regular opportunities and help them in their first steps into Politics."

Dylan Turner, Policy Manager, Horizons Programme Lead

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"This is brilliant from Progressive Britain. Politics should be for everyone, but it can seem intimidating or exclusive if you feel you're not from the 'right' background. If you're a young person who wants to work in politics, sign up. "

Matt Forde, Comedian and Writer

Programme Principles

Improves Opportunity

Free To Access

Targets Under-represented Groups

Cross-party

The Horizons Programme is based on a few fundamental principles that we strive to meet through our work. 

Our key focus is to improve the opportunities for jobs and careers in and around Westminster that are unacceptably distant to many. 

All our events are free for attendees. We feel this is an important principle as many of the barriers to opportunity exist simply due to cost. Our events are, if possible, recorded and uploaded on our YouTube channel.

The Horizons programme is targeting groups that are under-represented in and around Westminster. Your opportunities should not be limited by your class, sex or colour. 

The programme also seeks to include representatives from different political perspectives to ensure all career paths are represented.

"I didn't know anyone working in politics, growing up. I didn't know members of political parties, what that meant, or who that was for. It was finding what I was passionate about and ways to volunteer that started my journey. This scheme seeks to help more people start theirs"

Claire Hazelgrove, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke

Partner With Us

If you are interested in bringing the Horizons programme to your local school, university or community then get in touch.

Or if you have a question, idea for an event or want to support the programme in some other form get in touch using the button below. 

2024 Partners

"This is a good thing for people outside old boy networks, hello politics teachers/students, please pass on if you know someone who might be interested"

Gaby Hinsliff, Guardian Columnist and Writer

"I grew up not knowing anyone involved in politics - I was lucky to get to university and slightly fall into it. If you're interested - sign up!"

Steve Race, Public Affairs Professional, Labour Parliamentary Candidate, Exeter