Welcome to the Access Southampton Events & Opportunities Calendar

Below is a summary of the latest careers events, training courses, employment opportunities and open days that are coming up in Southampton. These opportunities will give you the chance to develop new and existing skills, meet employers face to face, or find out about local colleges and training providers. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and times/locations may be subject to change – always contact the training provider to find out more information. 

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Back2Work Warehousing Course

When: Starts Monday 25th March 2019 for 2 weeks

Where: Jurys Inn, Charlotte Place, Southampton, S014 0TB

2 Weeks FREE Warehouse Course with Qualification and Guaranteed Interview– Southampton starting 25.03.2019

Free course to those who are:

  • 19+ and Unemployed
  • Good standard of English and Maths
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Eligible to work in the UK – Must of lived in the UK for 3 years
  • No High – medium convictions and must not be on probation.
  • Hold ID: Date of Birth, Address and National Insurance Number

Upon completion of the Warehouse Course, you will gain:

  • Diploma (L2) in Warehouse Storage and Personal Development
  • Guaranteed Interview with a Local Employer

If you would like any more information on the course or would like to enrol, please contact:

Kate Greene, Learner Engagement Manager, B2W Complete Training

Mobile: 07970642475

Email: kate@b2wgroup.com

Prince’s Trust Get Started with Outdoor Activities

When: Taster Session 26th March 2019, main course 1st-5th April 2019

Where: Southampton

The Prince’s Trust is offering a FREE one-week programme in Southampton, which gives you a fantastic opportunity to work in a challenging and new environment.

If you are aged 16-25 and unemployed you can get involved and:

  • Gain industry relevant qualifications including First Aid, NICAS Level 1 and Entry Level 3 Qualifications in Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills and Participation in Exercise and Sport.
  •  Go Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking and Bouldering.
  • Take part in a Get Started team challenge.
  • Receive 3 months Prince’s Trust support to help you find a job, further education or back into education.

Travel costs reimbursed and lunch provided throughout the week.The course runs from 1st- 5th April 2019 in Southampton. Come to a taster session on 26th of March 2019 to see if it’s for you!

To register your interest and be invited to the taster session please get in touch: Text: ‘OUTDOORS’ to 07943 511218 and we’ll call you back or call 0800 842842.

National Careers Service Executive Workshop

When: Wednesday 27th March 2019 10am-3.30pm

Where: EDT Offices, Whiteley

Our Executive Workshops are run on a regular basis across the region and cover …

  • Skills Analysis and Transfer
  • Labour Market Information
  • CV hints and tips
  • Job seeking
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Interview skills

This day long workshop is open to management level clients as well as graduates or those looking to upskill.

To book please call 01329 559169.

No Limits Careers, Education and Training Event

When: Thursday 11th April 2019 1pm-4pm

Where: No Limits Advice Centre, 13 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF










Jobs Fair

When: Friday 3rd May 2019 10am-1pm

Where: Solent Conference Centre, SO14 0YN





















Waves of Change Programme

When: Closing Date Friday 3rd May 2019. Programme runs 2nd July – 23rd July

Where: Fairways House, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton SO14 0QB

Waves of Change Programme Details

The Waves of Change programme is designed to bridge a gap in technical skills between education and employment. Six full funded places are provided by the Doris Campbell Fund through the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund. Six young people will be selected to attend six practical workshops in which, through the vehicle of Maritime Archaeology, they will learn and develop transferable skills in technology and digital media. A seventh session will look at possible next steps into further education, training or employment. Emphasis will be on those who are not currently following a path into University education. Please see attached programme overview, application form and poster.

These workshops will:

  • Provide rare and exciting opportunities for hands-on experiences that can be incorporated into CVs and job applications.
  • Develop transferable technical and IT skills and an understanding of their many applications in different industries.
  • Provide hands on experience of modern technology.
  • Develop soft skills such as communication, organisation and teamwork.
  • Provide experience of working in a professional organisation, and also within the charitable sector.
  • Develop confidence.

To be eligible for this course you must be able to answer yes to the following questions:

  1. Are you aged 18-25?
  2. Do you live in Southampton, Portsmouth or in Hampshire?
  3. Are you interested in learning digital and technological skills?
  4. Can you commit to all 7 dates in July?

 How to apply?

If you wish to apply, please complete the application form and return it before the deadline of Friday 3rd May. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in mid-June.

Further information about the Maritime archaeology Trust can be found on: http://www.martimearchaeologytrust.org/

If you have any questions, please email helen.wallbridge@maritimearchaeologytrust.org

Careers & Apprenticeship Show 2019

When: Tuesday 14th May 2019

Where: St Mary’s Stadium

This employer-led event hosted at Southampton Football Club is designed to allow young people, schools, colleges and parents to understand the real opportunities that will be available for young people on completion of their full-time education. There will be a strong focus on apprenticeship opportunities and routes from level 3 to degree level.

We know that local employers are committed to providing excellence in terms of training and investment for our future workforce and this event allows you to gain access to students across schools in the cities aged 14-19 who are investing in their future careers.

What are the benefits?
Benefits are numerous:

  • Direct access to students, teachers, parents and careers advisers
  • One large event as opposed to lots of small school events
  • Networking with other sector and same sector organisations
  • Opportunity to ensure that young people are clear on the skills, attitudes and behaviours they require for a successful career in your organisation

This is an employer event however training providers may attend alongside employers if this will support discussions with young people. Please note, there will not be additional stands available for training providers.

Students will be focussing on vacancies from 2020 onwards, but there may be some young people who are about to complete their post-16 education who will interested in vacancies for this year.

Who are the key sponsors and supporters?

We are delighted to gain support and sponsorship for this event from the Southern Universities Network (SUN – NCOP) partnering with Careers and Enterprise, Solent LEP, Solent Apprenticeship Hub, Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Solent University, University of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Education Partnership and SEF.

Who is exhibiting?

  • A variety of employers from a range of sectors
  • Employers who are committed to the promotion of apprenticeship opportunities
  • Employers who offer level 3 to degree level apprenticeships

What will the day consist of?

7am – 9am: Arrival, set up and light breakfast refreshments
9am – 2pm: Schools to attend a pre-workshop session then explore exhibition (schools will be allocated session times)
2pm – 4pm: College students will arrive into the exhibition and then have the opportunity to attend workshop sessions
4pm – 5pm: Event will be closed for employers to have a meal with an opportunity for networking
5pm – 7pm: Parent, carers and wider community will arrive at the exhibition and then have the opportunity to attend workshop sessions
7pm: End of event

For more information, please contact:
Sam Cobb at Southampton City Council
Email: sam.cobb@southampton.gov.uk

How can I attend?

Volunteers’ Week

When: 1st – 7th June 2019

Where: Across the UK

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

Here you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week, and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.

The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.

Eastleigh College Open Event

When: Wednesday 12th June 2019 5pm-7pm

Where: Eastleigh College, Chestnut Ave, Eastleigh, SO50 5FS

















Behaviour Management with Young People in the Arts and Cultural Sector

When: Friday 21st June 2019

Where: Artswork, Southampton

This is essential training for anyone working directly with young people. Undertaking practical workshops and activities requires a broad understanding of youth culture and the issues surrounding young people’s lives. There are added pressures of working directly with young people at risk, one of which is having the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to support behaviour effectively and responsively. This course will discuss behaviour strategies, health and safety issues and risk assessment. You will also look at ways of promoting a style of engagement with young people that supports their wellbeing and individual needs, and helps them to succeed and achieve.

Ideal if:

You work directly with children and young people in the arts and cultural sectors.

You will gain:

  • A better understanding of behavioural issues, potential causes and the best ways to respond to them
  • Strategies to transform challenging behaviour into positive outcomes
  • Flexible and responsive approaches to use in your own work with young people
  • Share personal concerns and previous experiences in a supportive environment as you learn new ways to overcome future challenges

Further information:

The fee for this course is £150pp, this includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance. Limited bursary places are available upon application.

For further information and to book your place please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/behaviour-management-with-young-people-in-the-arts-and-cultural-sector-tickets-55640378871, or contact a member of the Professional Development Team via: 02380 332491 / training@artswork.org.uk

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College Open Event

When: Wednesday 3rd July 2019 6pm-8pm

Where: Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Hill Lane, Southampton, SO15 5RL

Ongoing Opportunities

TEEM Work ClubsTEEM Poster 2017

Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team runs several work clubs across Southampton every week as part of their TEEM Project (Training, Education, Employment, Motivation). The works clubs are open to Council Tenants and two of the work clubs (Central and Bitterne) are open to everyone. The work clubs are an opportunity to gain employment advice and support from the Employment Support Team’s dedicated employment officers. For more information contact Francesca on 023 8091 7585 or Francesca.prior@southampton.gov.uk

When: Every Week

Mondays – Bitterne Library, SO18 5EG, 10am-12pm

Mondays – Weston Community Library, 1pm-3pm

Tuesdays – Maybush Local Housing Office, 43-45 Irving Road, SO16 4EG, 10am-12pm

Wednesdays – Northam Community Centre, Kent Street, SO14 5SP, 10am-12pm

Wednesdays – Central Housing Office, 100F St Mary Street, SO14 7FL, 1pm-3pm

Thursdays – Central Library, SO14 7LR, 3pm-5pm

Self-Employment Support

Who is the Self-Employment Project for?

People aged 18 and over

You might have an idea for a business, be in the process of getting started, or you may want support with your existing business

People living in Southampton Council Housing

Must live under the Southampton City Council Boundaries

What can the project offer?

IAG to help you start your own business

Advice on how to access funding and training

One-to-one support

Access to Work Clubs around the city

Signposting and referral to any other appropriate provison

How can I refer?

To make a referral, you can either drop in to a work club or download a referral form and send it to Francesca Prior, Senior Employment Officer: francesca.prior@southampton.gov.uk

What happens next?

You will be allocated to one of 3 employment officers working on TEEM

You will be directly contacted to arrange an initial meeting

What happens in the first meeting?

Your employment officer will complete the initial paperwork with you including an assessment form and a consent form

You will work with your employment officer to create an action plan and set goals that you want to achieve

Your employment officer will discuss the support that is available and encourage you to explore different opportunities that are available

Help Getting OnlineIT Map

When: All the time

Where: Across Southampton

With many services moving online including housing benefits, college and apprenticeship applications and even online shopping, it can be very daunting for people who don’t know how to use computers and IT systems. Southampton City Council have put together an interactive IT map which shows information about a wide range of IT facilities, training and free WiFi that is available in Southampton to help support people to get online. The map is designed to be used by advisers, family and friends or a user themselves to find the most appropriate IT training/facilities to suit them.

If you are aware of any other free training or online help we can add to the list, please contact tenant.involvement@southampton.gov.uk

Construction Work Experience on a major development site

When: Ongoing

Where: Major development sites within the Southampton city boundary

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals to gain experience of major development construction sites on a 2 week work placement in Southampton. Placements are agreed locally with the placement organisation and placements are a maximum of 30 hours per week.

Commitment to completing the work experience and an understanding of its value in gaining employment should be clearly demonstrated by the prospective participant. Clarity on which trade / profession within construction they would like work experience of is required.

To access this opportunity, you need to be:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Fit for manual work
  • Qualified to at least Level 1
  • Not currently in paid employment
  • A resident of Southampton
  • A holder of a current CSCS card or recent pass certificate (within 60 days)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please speak to your adviser or support worker. To make a referral or for more information, please contact Tim on 023 8083 3737 or email tim.naylor@southampton.gov.uk

Construction Training

When: Ongoing

Where: across the whole of Hampshire

The Construction Skills Fund is new funding that is provided by the Department for Education (DfE), and administered and implemented by CITB. The government recognises there is a shortage of workers in the construction industry and employers will need to recruit skilled and unskilled labour to fill their workforce. The scheme aims to support innovative ways of training new entrants and retraining adults in areas for which public funding is not available.

We will be working collaboratively with JobCentre Plus, local community groups, training providers and through the construction supply chain, to design training programmes and employment opportunities for those wishing to enter the construction industry. The training provides both on and off-site learning and experience focusing on the skills and requirements as stated by employers in the local area. This funding is available across the whole of Hampshire and runs until March 2020.

For more information or queries on the project, training or how you can refer/signpost your customers, please contact Gemma.Conway2@hants.gov.uk or email CSF@hants.gov.uk

Saints Street FC

When: Every Tuesday 1pm-3pm

Where: Goals Soccer Centre, Millbrook, SO15 0JZ

Are you aged 16-25 and not in education, employment or training?

Join Saints Street FC for free Street Football sessions. There will be training, matches, tournaments and employability support.

Street Football is a fast paced four-a-side version of the 11-a-side game. Street Football is easy to learn for players with different amounts of football experience. It’s also exciting to watch and play, with rules favouring the attacking team.

For more information and to sign up, please call 07388 949398 or email dwarnes@saintsfc.co.uk




















Youth Options Individualised Support

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton

Youth Options offer individualised key worker support for youth people who need assistance returning to employment, education or training.

They will give one to one support to identify a young person’s needs and design a personalised plan to develop areas such as social and emotional development, skills and qualifications and improve aspirations by sign posting, activity days and group activities.

They can offer support through home visits or by meeting in the community as an individual requires.

For more information, or to refer, please contact sharynpeters@youthoptions.co.uk or call 07917 343846







































Skills2Achieve 19+ Functional Skills

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton




















Townhill Helping Hub

When: Tuesdays 10am-12pm

Where: Townhill Park Community Centre, Meggeson Avenue, SO18 2FH


















Learning and Skills Solutions

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire

Learners can sign up every week and the duration varies, the shortest courses are 3 weeks long, the longest 3 months.

ESOL – 5 levels, intensive 4 week course or once a week 2-3 months

Functional Skills English and Maths 3-15 weeks depending on an initial level

CSCS card with Health & Safety Level 1 – 3 weeks

Contact izabela@learningandskillssolutions.com or call 07786 042128 for more information


DA Training and Consultancy Traineeships & Study Programme

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire



















No Limits SEE for your Future

When: Every Thursday 2-4pm

Where: No Limits Advice Centre, 13 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF

The No Limits Work Club is a drop in work club for young people every Thursday.

It delivers practical support to all young people (16 to 25 years old) wanting to get into full time and part time work, apprenticeships, training or voluntary work.


For more information, please visit nolimitshelp.org.uk/get-help/work-club


Out of Area Support

Do you need support finding work but live outside of Southampton? Check out these job clubs and support services from elsewhere in Hampshire

RCS Job Clubs

When: Various times and days in the week

Where: Basingstoke and Andover

Get free one to one help to find work at one of four RCS Job Clubs

Tuesday: Basingstoke Discovery Centre 9.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday: Longmeadow Centre, Andover 10am-2pm

Wednesday: Basingstoke Discovery Centre 9.30am-3pm

Thursday: Oakridge Hall for All, Basingstoke 9.30am-12.30pm