Recruitment advice and support for local businesses

Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team offer a range of advice and support for Employers and Businesses in the city.

Who are we?

The Employment Support Team work with people of all ages across Southampton who are looking for work. We’ve been active in Southampton for over 30 years and in that time have supported people to overcome their barriers to employment. We’re not a recruitment agency – we work closely with jobseekers and employers, empowering people to develop their skills and build their confidence so they are ready to enter the world of work.

How can we help?

We offer a range of support for employers in Southampton, no matter how big or small they might be. Contact us today to find out how we can help.


Positive Recruitment

Our team is works with over 500 people every year, meaning we have access to a diverse, skilled, and largely untapped pool of talent that could benefit your business.

We’re not a recruitment agency, and our support is always completely free of charge. We use the models of Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support to help people achieve their goals and foster mutually beneficial links between jobseekers and employers. Our zero-exclusion policy means we work with an enormous variety of individuals, and while they may have some barriers to employment, we work with them on a one to one basis to address these barriers and put support in place to allow them to thrive.

#EST30 Who We Work With

The support we offer employers can include:

  • Linking you with individuals who are actively looking for work
  • Providing in work support to our clients, helping them to settle in and feel confident in their new role
  • Assisting with retention
  • Advising around adaptations and adjustments in the workplace, including support around Access to Work
  • Training for your workforce

Contact us to find out more


Advertise your vacancies for free

Our fortnightly Jobs Bulletin is viewed over 800 times per month and is a great way to reach people who are actively looking for work.

It’s completely free to advertise your vacancies in the bulletin and there is no limit to how many times or how many vacancies you can advertise.

Contact us to advertise your vacancies


Exhibit at our Jobs Fairs

We regularly organise Jobs Fairs in Southampton to enable meaningful conversations between jobseekers and recruiting businesses. These range from large scale events to smaller, focused sessions. We will never charge you to exhibit at our Jobs Fairs. All we ask is that you have live vacancies and are willing to engage with people who speak to you on the day.

Find out when our next Jobs Fair will be happening and book your place on our dedicated Jobs Fairs page


Focused Recruitment Events

We can also host employers with vacancies at our employment hub in Central Library. Whether you want to run a drop in, conduct interviews or promote your vacancies, all employers are welcome to visit our Work Club on Thursdays between 3pm-5pm or our Young Adults Employment Hub Monday-Friday between 10am and 5pm.

Drop in, or contact us to arrange a dedicated recruitment event for your organisation


Perinatal Mental Health training for your organisation

We are partners in the PATH project which aims to raise awareness of Perinatal Mental Illness in new and expectant parents.

To help employers find out more about emotional and practical support for new and expectant parents, we have developed a training session specifically for managers and HR professionals called Getting the most from the parents in your workforce

This training will give you an introduction to perinatal mental health, how it can affect your employees and what you can do to support them. During this training you will:

  • Gain more understanding of perinatal mental illness
  • Find out about and share best practice
  • Learn more about ways to support parents through their parenting journey

This training is completely free and is an excellent opportunity to network with other professionals, improve your knowledge of something that effects a large proportion of your workforce and take one step closer to becoming a PATH parent-friendly employer.

To book onto the training, please contact daniel.stickland@southampton.gov.uk


Stay in touch

Email: employment.support.team@southampton.gov.uk

Useful Links

Support for businesses from Southampton City Council

What Is Supported Employment? | British Association for Supported Employment

What is IPS? | Centre for Mental Health

Perinatal Mental Health Advice and Support for Employers


Skills Support for the Workforce in Solent – Funded Training to Help your Business Grow

The Skills Support for the Workforce programme (SSW) helps support small and medium businesses in Solent to upskill their employees with training courses and qualifications to help their business grow.

The SSW programme is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) so a wide range of training can be accessed at no cost to your business. There are hundreds of courses on offer including construction, leadership and management, digital skills, and many more.

We will work with you to identify your business’ training needs to support your business goals.

W: www.serco-ese.com/skills-support-for-the-workforce/regions/solent

E: skillssupport@serco.com 

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