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. 

Submit details of your own training course or careers event

 National Careers Service Executive Workshop

When: Thursday 21st June 2018 10am-3:30pm

Where: Education Development Trust Offices, Whiteley

Group Workshop with approx. 12 attendees covering…..

  • Skills analysis
  • Your Brand
  • What are employers looking for?
  • Labour Market Information
  • CV hints and tips
  • Hidden job hunting techniques
  • Electronic job hunting ideas
  • Interview techniques
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Networking
  • Self-employment
  • Sharing of good ideas, methods and techniques
  • A chance to network with like-minded individuals  

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

Please call 01329 559169 to book

Women in Engineering Day at Carnival UK

When: Saturday 23rd June 2018 – 10.00 am until 12:30pm

Where: Azura (terminal to be confirmed)

In support of ‘International Women in Engineering Day’ Carnival UK are offering a guided tour on board P&O Cruises Azura.

The tour is aimed at young women between 12-18 years old who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

As well as a tour of the ship there will be a question and answer session where you will be able to learn about the careers available at sea and the lifelong career prospects offered by the maritime industry. There will be a particular focus on Cadet schemes.

Please note: All under 18s must be accompanied by an adult, photographic ID will be required and tours are subject to operational restrictions on the day.

Places are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible by emailing: educationprogrammes@carnivalukgroup.com

Google Inspires Southampton

When: Friday 29th June 2018 10am-1:30pm

Where: Southampton Civic Offices, Southampton, SO14 7LY

Radian’s Employment, Support and Training (EST) team are excited to be offering masterclasses by Google Digital Garage in Southampton on 29th June 2018.
Delivered via 3 workshops with Google trained coaches, you can sign up for either 1 or 2 or attend them all!
(Please note you will be required to book a ticket for each session you wish to attend)

The Workshops:-

10am-11am – Build a CV – Learn how to define, describe and highlight your skills to make your CV shine.
11am-12noon – Social Media Strategy – Harness the power of social media for business to reach new audiences and turn them into valuable customers.
12.30pm-1.30pm – Self Promotional Skills – Highlight the importance of self promotion in your career and provide you with the tools to start developing this skill in the workplace and beyond.

National Careers Service Executive Workshop

When: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 10am-3:30pm

Where: Basepoint Centre, Southampton

Group Workshop with approx. 12 attendees covering…..

  • Skills analysis
  • Your Brand
  • What are employers looking for?
  • Labour Market Information
  • CV hints and tips
  • Hidden job hunting techniques
  • Electronic job hunting ideas
  • Interview techniques
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Networking
  • Self-employment
  • Sharing of good ideas, methods and techniques
  • A chance to network with like-minded individuals  

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

Please call 01329 559169 to book

Artswork Creative Enterprise Workshops

When: Every Tuesday from 3rd July 2018 until 2nd October 2018 10am-3pm

Where: Various Locations across Southampton and Portsmouth






















3 Day Employability Training

When: Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July 2018 10am-3pm

Where: U-Support Training Rooms, The Marlands (next to Chari-teas café on the ground floor opposite the lifts)

We will be running our next 3 day Employability Training Course on 4th, 5th and 6th July. The only criteria for this course is that clients are aged 19+ and they don’t have to be claiming benefits to do the course.

The course aims to:

  • Improve learners’ confidence and motivation
  • Support learners with CV writing
  • Teach job application tips and tricks
  • Develop interview techniques
  • Help learners plan their move into paid work

If you are working with anyone who would like to do the course, please contact 023 8091 7585 or email us to book them a place.

People can also sign up to the course at our Bitterne Library Work Club (Mondays 10am-12pm) or our Central Library Work Club (Thursdays 3pm-5pm)

Get Started With Stewarding in partnership with Southampton Football Club

When: Taster Day: Wednesday 11th July, Main course: 16th-20th July 2018

Where: St. Mary’s Stadium

The Prince’s Trust and Southampton Football Club are offering a FREE one-week training course, which gives you a fantastic opportunity to work in a challenging and new environment.

If you are aged 16-25 and unemployed you can apply to join the programme where you will:

  • Work towards a Level 2 award in understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events
  • Learn new skills from a professional club
  • Enjoy a fun and rewarding week improving your teamwork, communication and confidence
  • Gain certificates and references upon completion
  • Be supported with travel costs and have lunch provided every day
  • Receive three months support after the programme to help you progress
  • Guaranteed pre interviews for stewarding positions at the club


This course will run from Monday 16th July– 20th July 2018 at: St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton Football Club

A taster day will take place at St Marys Stadium on Wednesday 11th July.

To register your interest or to find out more please contact us:

Call: 02380 622662

Text: ‘STEWARD’ to 07943511218 and we’ll call you back

E-mail: joseph.harket-burgess@princes-trust.org.uk

Fuller Working Lives Careers Event

Monday 16th July 2018 10am-3pm

Where: Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1AG

Over 45? Would you like to retrain, regain or remain in employment to achieve a more financially secure future?

Book your place at the Fuller Working Lives Careers Event

As the UK workforce ages and fewer younger people enter the labour market, employers will increasingly need to rely on the skills and experience of older workers if they are to remain competitive, increase productivity and growth, and avoid skills shortages in the future.

While there are more people aged 50+ in work than ever before, there are still significant numbers of people over the age of 50 leaving their jobs prematurely; a decision that can affect them both financially and socially.

On Monday 16th July 2018, a Fuller Working Lives Careers Event will be held from 10am-3pm at the Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road, Southampton SO15 1AG.

We would love you to join us and help you to retrain, regain or remain in employment to achieve a more financially secure future.

At this event, you will also have the opportunity to participate in free workshops to help improve your employability skills. If you’d like to sign up for a workshop, please state in your registration which workshops you would like to attend. The workshops are:

10:30am Transferable Skills Workshop

  • What is meant by transferable skills in relation to work & learning
  • Different Ways to identify transferable skills
  • How to use transferable skills in your job search & career planning
  • How to research your career ideas in more detail

11:30am Create a Winning CV Workshop

  • To give you the confidence to build, update and tailor your own CV
  • Understand how to identify and promote your own skills and experiences to apply for jobs
  • Understand what employers are looking for when screening CVs from job applicants

12:30pm Preparing for Job Search

  • Understand what employers are looking for
  • How to prepare yourself for effective job searching
  • How to identify your strengths
  • How to strengthen your CV
  • Understand the importance of good interview skills

1:30pm What can I do about my pension?

  • How do I find out more about my State pension?
  • What kind of pensions have I got?
  • How do I find out what I can do with my pension?
  • How can I plan for my retirement and make sure that I have enough?

Please book your place at the event via Eventbrite


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please find information about transport links and parking by clicking here: http://www.southampton.gov.uk/roads-parking/parking/default.aspx

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions about the event, or are unable to register using Eventbrite, please contact WPHILLIPS@educationdevelopmenttrust.com

What should I bring to the event?

You will be meeting with employers face to face so make sure you come dressed appropriately. It would also be a good idea to bring some copies of your CV and covering letter to give out to employers.

I am an employer who would like to exhibit, who should I contact?

Employers for this event have already been invited, but if you would like to exhibit at future events, please contact daniel.stickland@southampton.gov.uk

National Careers Service Executive Workshop

When: Thursday 19th July 2018 10am-3:30pm

Where: Education Development Trust Offices, Whiteley

Group Workshop with approx. 12 attendees covering…..

  • Skills analysis
  • Your Brand
  • What are employers looking for?
  • Labour Market Information
  • CV hints and tips
  • Hidden job hunting techniques
  • Electronic job hunting ideas
  • Interview techniques
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Networking
  • Self-employment
  • Sharing of good ideas, methods and techniques
  • A chance to network with like-minded individuals  

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

Please call 01329 559169 to book

National Citizen Service

When: 6 dates between June and August 2018

Where: Southampton


The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all 16 – 17 year olds that builds skills and confidence whilst also helping them get ahead in work and life.

There are a number of benefits in taking part. NCS will improve a young person’s CV by giving them important skills for work and life that are hard to teach in the classroom alone. The programme will help young people contribute to their local community, and in doing so meet new people from different backgrounds and develop their social skills.


The programme runs over 4 weeks:

Week 1– Five days away from home enjoying instructor-led group activities such as kayaking, coasteering and rock climbing.

Week 2 – While spending 5 days living in Southampton Solent University Halls, the young people’s responsibility is increased as they have to cook and budget for themselves, and are encouraged to become more independent, through a range of activities such as first aid.

Weeks 3 & 4 – The young people will meet with local businesses and organisations, before planning a ‘Social Action Project’ in their local community. They will then pitch for funding to kick starts their chosen project, ready to make an impact in Southampton.

Finally…they graduate – receiving a certificate signed by the Prime Minister. As part of the NCS Graduate Programme they get access to unique opportunities to continue volunteering and stay connected to each other and their local community.

There is a small cost to the programme of £50, which covers all food and accommodation whilst away, and all activities during the programme.

There are 4 ways to reserve your place:

Fill in the application form and return it in the pre paid envelope.  (these can be provided on request via ncs@youthoptions.co.uk)

Go online at www.NCSYES.co.uk and you’ll see a link to sign up for NCS.

Phone our office on 02380 770713 and sign up over the phone.

To secure your place, a payment of £50 needs to be made. You can pay online, by cheque, or over the phone. Full bursaries and reductions are also available. Again, please call us to discuss. If a young person is eligible for free school meals, the cost is only £20 for all food, activities, transport.

Your young person can pick from the following waves, please check your availability accordingly.

Summer 2018 Dates

Wave 1- Mon 25th June – Fri 20th July

Wave 2 –Mon 2nd July- Fri 27th July

Wave 3 –Mon 9th July – Fri 3rd August

Wave 4 – Mon 23rd July – Fri 17th August

Wave 5 – Mon 30thJuly –Fri 24th August*

Wave 6 – Mon 6th August – Fri 31st August**

*Indoor accommodation with outdoor activities in week 1 (may suit those with additional needs or who don’t like camping but still want all the outdoor challenge activities)

**indoor accommodation with art workshops as an alternative to outdoor activities on in week 1 of wave 6. (may suit those who do not want to complete outdoor challenge activities but still stay away from home, meet new people and enjoy something new)

CTP Employment Fair

When: Thursday 11th October 2018

Where: Southampton

Whether you’re still considering your options or ready for the civilian job market, don’t miss out on this fantastic networking opportunity where you might just find your next job!

Each Employment Fair will have up to 90 national and local companies in attendance who will be offering a wide range of employment opportunities for leavers of the Armed Forces. Check the events calendar on the CTP website for the most up to date information on which companies are exhibiting.

To book your place, call the Central Bookings Team on 0203 162 4410.

Please note: This event is open to serving and ex-military personnel who have pre-registered to attend through the Career Transition Partnership, and not to the general public.

If you are an employer and interested in exhibiting at CTP events, please email us at CTPEvents@ctp.org.uk

For more information about this event, please visit: www.ctp.org.uk/events/details/CTP+Employment+Fair-488643

Dance and Theatre Careers Open Day

When: Friday 19th October 2018 10am-3pm

Where: The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9DE

Aimed at young people looking to take the next step in building a career in the arts industry, we would like to invite you and your pupils to attend our Dance & Theatre Careers Day. Tailored specifically to students aged 16-21 this event will inspire your performing arts pupils to achieve their full potential.

To keep this event affordable for schools tickets are just £3 per pupil, teachers go free.

Students will take part in four workshops and put their questions to a panel of theatre and dance professionals.

Past workshops have included:

  • Monologue Prep
  • Technical Prep for Performance
  • Physical Theatre
  • Vocal Techniques
  • Solo Performance Choreography
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Running an Arts Company

Workshops are led by visiting practitioners from all areas of Dance and Theatre. Previous experts have included Rose Bruford College, Avant-Garde Dance, Theatre Re, Zoo Nation, Luke Brown, Hampshire Youth Dance Company and more.

BOOK NOW: contact olivia.squires@eastleigh.gov.uk or call 023 8062 7817

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








Westquay Jobs and Training Opportunities

When: Ongoing

Where: Westquay

Hammerson Plc, the developer and owner-manager of Westquay Shopping Centre is committed to training and employing local people.  Westquay Works has been created to support you find the right job in the new restaurants and cinema in Westquay South and the existing retailers in Westquay North.

Westquay has a range of opportunities with a state of the art cinema, top leisure and catering brands and new public space with year round entertainment, as well as existing retailers and restaurants.  There are always a range of job opportunities available in sales, customer service and management.

As part of their commitment, Hammerson are providing advice and free training (subject to criteria) covering management, food hygiene, customer service and key skills to secure a job at Westquay.

To see the full list of vacancies at Westquay and to find out about training to work there, check out Westquay Works

If you’re currently seeking work, follow the link below for help in gaining the skills and qualifications to enhance your CV and prepare you for that important interview: www.brock.ac.uk/employers/quickstart-employment-services/westquay-watermark/











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

Kiwi Employability Courses

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton











Kiwi Functional Skills and Level 1 Courses

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton




















Greenhouse Supported Volunteering OpporunitiesSupported Volunteering

When: All the time

Where: Citylife Volunteering venues across Southampton

The Greenhouse Programme by Citylife is a new initiative to support people into volunteering opportunities. Supported placements take place at a variety of locations including:

Aldermoor Farm

286 Events and Maintenance

Windows Café

Scratch Charity

Basics Bank

Woodworking and Gardening

For more information, please contact greenhouse@citylife.org.uk or visit their drop in session every Tuesday 10am-12pm (term time) at 286 Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 3BE

Job Club and Tea and Tech

When: Tuesdays 10:30am-12:30pm

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





















Stepping StonesStepping Stones Welfare Reforms Support

When: Ongoing

Where: Wheatsheaf Trust

Have you been affected by the recent Welfare Reforms? Wheatsheaf Trust new service “Stepping Stones” provides support for families or individuals in the Southampton area who have been impacted by the benefit cap and the Universal Credit roll out.

They can provide 1:1 support with budgeting and helping to overcome barriers to employment as well as support people to explore funding options and tools to support with financial independence.

For more information about Stepping Stones, please call 023 8023 7662 or email t.barrett@wheatsheaftrust.org







Vicky Country Park Heritage Youth GroupVicky Country Park Youth Group

When: Evenings, Weekends & After School

Where: Royal Victoria Country Park

Royal Victoria Country Park have set up a heritage youth group and are looking for 12-16 year olds who are interested in history and their local area. The group will have the opportunity to run events, design activities and help the team at the park to bring alive local heritage and history. This is an opportunity to:

Get involved and make a difference

Help run events

Design activities

Challenge yourself

Help bring local heritage and history alive

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Jo on 023 9224 4064 or email joanne.basham@hants.org.uk

Supported Internships for young people with education, health and care plans at Southampton City College Internships graphic

What is a Supported Internship?

The Supported Internship enables young people to combine a work placement with a work skills programme at college along with working on Maths and English skills.

Our personalised supported internship is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have a or an EHC plan and who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

It is not so much a college course as an employment programme designed to get the intern into work.  This internship programme will give young people the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.The programme is designed to assist disabled young people to achieve sustainable paid employment by giving them the skills they need for employment through learning in the workplace.

What will I be doing as part of an Internship?

Developing skills valued by employers

Improving work skills through a work placement

Developing confidence at work

Building up experience for a CV

Completing a range of work ready qualifications

Getting personalised support from a Tutor and work coach while you learn

Improving English and maths skills

Who can do a supported internship?

Anyone aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan can do a supported internship.

Will I get paid?

Supported internships are unpaid, but equip you with the skills that employers need in order for you to move on to paid employment.

How do I find out more?

Contact the admissions team at City College Southampton on:

Tel: 023 8048 4848 Email: enquiries@southampton-city.ac.uk

DA Training and Consultancy Traineeships & Study Programme

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire























Make Our Rights Reality (MORR)MORR

When: Dates and Times are flexible

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

MORR (Make Our Rights Reality) MORR is a national project for people ages 15-25 which teaches young people about their rights and gives them support to solve everyday problems and give them a voice to challenge injustice equipping them with a new set of skills to help prevent and deal with everyday problems that may arise.

By the end of the training it is hoped that young people would:

Know more about their rights

Know how to find information and support they need

Have learnt useful ways to minimise stress caused by everyday problems

Have the confidence and skills to challenge unfairness

Realise they have power to change situations

MORR is a 9 hour course that is spread across a number weeks with flexibility with young people’s availability.

The MORR project is fun and FREE!!!

To find out more, there is an information flyer which can be downloaded here

For more information please contact No Limits on 023 8022 4224


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



Youth Forum Champions

Youth Forum Champions Opportunity

Southampton City Council are currently recruiting for Youth Forum Champions!

By becoming a member of the Youth Forum, young people will have the exciting opportunity to make a real difference not only to their own lives, but also the lives of other children, young people and families across the city.

Young people can become a member if:

They live in Southampton

Go to school or college in Southampton

Are in training in Southampton

Work in Southampton

By becoming a member, it is completely up to that young person how much or how little they want to be involved. By signing up, we will keep in touch (via email) by alerting them to the latest information, events and opportunities to have their say. Equally, if a young person has an idea such as a project, campaign or issue that they would like the Youth Forum to help with, then we want to hear from them.

We are also looking to recruit 30 Youth Forum Champions (aged 13-25), who would meet in person and be the face of the forum. We really want this group to be full of young people from variety of backgrounds, abilities and life experiences.  The role is currently adaptable to meet the needs of the young people who may like to volunteer. We really want this to be their group- an opportunity for them to shape it as and how they like- with the support of the Youth Forum

If you are interested in the Youth Forum opportunities, know someone who might be, or would like further info, email youthforum@southampton.gov.uk or sign up directly via this link: https://southamptoncitycouncil.researchfeedback.net/wh/s.asp?k=147326230244

My Journey to Employment

Information on Travel in the Southampton Travel to Work area















 Weston Homework ClubHomework Club

When: Every Wednesday 3.30pm-5pm

Where: YMCA Weston Community Library, 68 Weston Lane, Southampton, SO19 9GH

Southampton University have recently set up a homework club that takes place at Weston Library. The sessions are for secondary school age pupils and run every Wednesday at Weston Library . The sessions are on a drop in basis, so there is no need to book in advance.




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

Totton College Job Club

When: Every Wednesday 1pm-4.30pm

Where: Forest First Nursery, Heather Road, Fawley, Southampton, SO45 1DZ

To book a place at the Job Club, please contact the Projects Team at Totton College on 023 8042 7353



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










For more information, please visit http://www.rcsservices.org.uk