Everything you need to know about careers events, training courses and employment opportunities coming up in Southampton. Here are just a few of the upcoming opportunities in the area that can help kickstart your career. Please contact us if you want to advertise your careers event.

Total Security Services Recruitment Open Day

When: Monday 26th June 2017 10am-4pm

Where: Novotel Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RA

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Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme

When: Starts Monday 26th June 2017

Where: Southampton

The Fairbridge Programme is a FREE Personal Development Programme for young people aged 16 – 25 who are currently unemployed or who lack the skills or confidence to engage in full time training or education

Book induction place’s now for the next  Fairbridge Programme at the Solent Centre, Southampton, starting 26th June 2017

ACCESS – Is an introductory week where the young people will take part in activities such as climbing, raft-building and a two night residential. Young People also have the opportunity to achieve the Prince’s Trust Personal Development and Employability skills qualification

FOLLOW-ON – is an individually tailored journey where young people pick and choose the sessions they want to attend. What kind of activities do we offer?

  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Budgeting and employability sessions
  • Bush craft and outdoor cooking sessions
  • Conservation and community projects

1:1 SUPPORT – Throughout the programme Young People will be supported by a dedicated worker who will help them set goals and work with them to develop the skills to help them move towards a positive outcome

IN ADDITION – Young People will have the opportunity to build their skills base, developing their numeracy and literacy with the support of specialist staff

MOVING ON – When the time is right for the young people to leave the programme they are supported into positive outcomes and will received 3 months of follow up support from their dedicated worker


Contact Paul on 02380 206985 / 07717 487993 or email paul.creeden@princes-trust.org.uk  to hear more about the programme and book an induction. The next course starts 26th June 2017.

Apprenticeship Information Workshop

When: Monday 26th June 2017 11am

Where: City College, St. Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1AR

If you are interested in an Apprenticeship in Engineering, Marine, Construction, Motor, Business Administration, Early Years, Hair & Barbering and Hospitality, City College has a vast number of apprenticeship opportunities for interested candidates.

City College has particular specialisms in Marine, Engineering, Construction, Hospitality, Travel and Tourism and the Creative and Performing Arts. The college has established close links with employers in the city resulting in our students having excellent access to jobs, apprenticeship vacancies and work experience.

If you are interested in attending please register your interest by emailing Victoria Odey on Victoria.odey@southampton-city.ac.uk and joining instructions will follow.

SAFE Later Life Choices Course

When: Closing date Monday 26th June 2017 – Course starts Wednesday 28th June 2017

Where: 1st Floor Dukes Keep, Marsh Lane, Southampton. SO14 3EX

This course is designed for 50+ adults who are long-term unemployed or who have confidence and self-esteem issues due to redundancy. Candidates have often attended other formal provision for confidence and employability but have been unable to benefit from it.

The 50+ clients we work with face multiple barriers to employment around confidence, self-esteem, depression and anxiety, physical conditions and attitudinal barriers caused by feeling institutionalised and out of control. Later Life Choices will help them face their barriers and bring about increased motivation and transformed thinking, attitude and behaviour so they can get the maximum benefit from Work Coach support to progress into employment, training or community involvement.

It will help them plan for realistic and fulfilling work that matches their strengths, skills and motivations. It is for those struggling with low confidence, self-esteem and motivation but who want to change their situation and progress in their lives. The course will enable them to identify their skills and strengths, along with a healthy way of thinking about themselves and their situation so that their motivation increases.

Although Later Life Choices is an intensive 50-hour programme, it is delivered in a relational, informal and interactive way.

Travel expenses are reimbursed and lunch and refreshments are provided.

The course runs for 2 days a week 10am-3.30pm for 5 weeks (Wednesday and Thursdays):

  • Wednesday 28 June
  • Thursday 29 June
  • Wednesday 5 July
  • Thursday 6 July
  • Wednesday 12 July
  • Thursday 13 July
  • Wednesday 18 July
  • Thursday 19 July
  • Wednesday 26 July
  • Thursday 27 July

To make a referral to the course:

Each candidate must have a 30-minute motivational interview prior to the start of the course and so time needs to be allowed for this.

Level 3 Award in Requirements for Electrical Installations BS7671: 2008 (2015), (2382-15) Training Course

When: Closing Date Monday 26th June 2017, Main Delivery Wednesday 29th June, 5th July, 12th July and 19th July 2017 9am-5pm

Where: City College Southampton, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1AR

Professional training and qualifications for the electrical industry

This is a Level 3 Award in Requirements for Electrical Installations BS7671: 2008 (2015), (2382-15)

It is a legal requirement for anyone working in the electricity industry working on jobs which fall under the regulations of the IET 17th Edition Wiring Regulations to hold a relevant, proven qualification that allows them to complete the work to the correct standards.

To do this course, you must be aged 18+ and have previous knowledge of the electrical sector and be looking to update your knowledge on the regulations.

Please refer to this course through the adviser team at Southampton Jobcentre Plus by Monday 26th June 2017. For more information, please contact Tina on 023 8071 3817 or tina.bige@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

British Marine South Careers Pathway Event

When: Tuesday 27th June 2017 6pm-8pm

Where: Boathouse 4, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ

British Marine South presents 12 leading figures in the Marine industry including Oyster Boatbuilder, Sam Mobley and Yacht Broker, Phil Dollin of Inspiration Marine. Their aim is to show the wide range of job opportunities available within this sector and to provide invaluable information for those looking to work within this interesting and exciting field.

This event is free to attend and open to anyone interested in working in the marine industry including those in full time education / training, Careers advisors and those looking for a career change.

If you would like to attend, please register via the Eventbrite page.

Get Into Business or IT with PETAPETA 28th June

When: Wednesday 28th June 2017 1pm-4pm

Where: PETA Training Centre, One Access Point, Northarbour Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3TE

PETA are offering the opportunity to visit their training centre in Portsmouth to find out more about their Apprenticeships, Traineeships and courses.

The aim of the event is to further inform people about Apprenticeships and how PETA are able to support potential Apprentices in finding an Apprenticeship

For more information, please visit www.peta.co.uk/choices



PETA 29th JuneGet Into Engineering with PETA

When: Thursday 29th June 2017 1pm-4pm

Where: PETA Engineering Training Centre, 5 Kenwood Business Park, New Lane, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 2NT

PETA are offering the opportunity to visit their engineering training centre in Havant to find out more about their Apprenticeships, Traineeships and courses within the engineering sector.

The aim of the event is to further inform people about Apprenticeships and how PETA are able to support potential Apprentices in finding an Apprenticeship

For more information, please visit www.peta.co.uk/choices



Construction Careers Information Workshop on Apprenticeships

When: Tuesday 4th July 2017

Where: Novotel Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RA

“The construction industry has 232,000 jobs to be created over the next 5 years”

CITB is the Industry Training Board and partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales. They work with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and full qualified workforce.

CITB are the largest provider of Apprentices for the construction industry, with over 45 year’ experience of developing skilled Construction Managers, Painters and Decorators, Civil Engineers, Bricklayers, Carpenters and many other construction occupations.

CITB are hosting a Construction Careers Information Workshop for all school leavers on Construction Apprenticeships on the morning of Tuesday 4th July at Novotel Southampton. They will be offering advice on types of apprenticeships available in construction, career progression, searching for vacancies and how to apply for positions.

If you would like to attend, please register by emailing a copy of your CV to Heidi Greenham and joining instructions will follow.


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Eastleigh College Open Evening

When: Tuesday 11th July 2017 5.30pm-7.30pm

Where: Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5FS


PAT Testing Training Course

When: Closing Date Monday 17th July, Main Delivery Monday 24th July and Monday 31st July 9am-5pm

Where: City College Southampton, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1AR

This PAT testing training course is for electricians or candidates with knowledge of electrical installations who wish to carry out the inspection and testing of in-service electrical equipment.

The successful candidates will achieve a Level 3 Awards in the In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT) and the Management Requirements for the Maintenance of Electrical Equipment (2377)

You must be aged 18+ and have previous knowledge of the electrical sector to do this course.

Please refer through the adviser team at Southampton Jobcentre Plus by Monday 17th July. For more information, please contact Tina on 023 8071 3817 or tina.bige@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Southampton Jobs Fair Local

When: Thursday 27th July 2017 10am-2pm

Southampton Jobs Fair Local is a new initiative by the Southampton Jobs Fair Partnership to give people the opportunity for face to face engagement with handpicked employers who are willing to support individuals into employment.

Employers exhibiting at the event will be announced over the coming weeks. If you would like to exhibit and showcase your vacancies for free at the event, please contact daniel.stickland@southampton.gov.uk

If you would like to attend this free event in order to find a job, you will need to book a place. To book your space, please contact daniel.stickland@southampton.gov.uk

Smart Futures

When: Summer intake starts 7th August 2017

Where: Southampton

Smart Futures is a great paid experience of work for ambitious, bright Year 12s that can improve your chance of getting a job after school or going onto higher education.

The activities in the first 2 weeks focus on developing the skills and confidence of young people, whatever career path they are planning to take (whether that is straight out to work in an apprenticeship scheme or going to university). In addition, the programme is partnered with CMI, so the sessions are tailored so young people will also achieve a Level 2 Qualification in Team Leading.

In the third week, they will get more of an insight into working with a team and getting hands on business experience. On top of this, they will be assigned a ‘mentor’ who will provide support and encouragement throughout their final year at school, helping with decisions about higher education and their career over the following 9 months. They will be more than happy to assist with CVs, interview practice and UCAS personal statements. 

Smart Futures are looking for applications from those of you who are:

  • Currently in Year 12 (England) or Fifth Year (Scotland)
  • Eligible for free school meals at some point in the past six years
  • Attending a state school
  • Studying any combination of A-level/International Baccalaureate/BTEC Level 3s/Standards/Highers
  • Ambitious and motivated to join the world of work
  • Looking for a great paid work experience this summer or Easter* that will help you secure a job after school, or a place at university.

For more information, or to apply, please click here.

Ongoing Opportunities

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





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











 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

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



National Citizen Service NCS

When: Summer 2017

Where: Southampton

Between January and now your young person attended a talk on the National Citizen Service (NCS) as part of their assembly at school. Hopefully they have come home and spoken to you about the programme, but if not here is a bit of an overview to discuss with them.

NCS is a national, government-funded programme which is open to every 15 – 17 year old in England. NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which builds skills and confidence whilst helping young people get ahead. 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, develop their social skills and meet new people from different backgrounds.


The programme runs in the summer holidays over 4 weeks:

Week 1– 5 days away from home enjoying instructor-led group activities such as kayaking, high ropes and rock climbing.

Week 2 – While spending 5 days living in Southampton Solent University Halls, the young people’s responsibility is increased as they cook and budget for themselves, and are encouraged to become more independent. They take part in community based workshops and events to increase teamwork and develop life skills.

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 start 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, accommodation, transport and all activities for the first two residential weeks. The second two are based in central Southampton where young people commute in daily.

We have 6 departure dates available over the summer so can work around holiday, work or other commitments to find some dates which work for you. Spaces are filling up fast so please do get in touch to secure a spot.

We have been into every school in Southampton and have a range of young people from different backgrounds and areas attending. It provides a wonderful opportunity for making new friends in preparation for college life.

If your young person is interested in taking part in NCS for Summer 2017, they can find more information by going to www.ncsyes.co.uk or by contacting us on 02380 770 713.


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

No Limits Work ClubNo Limits Work Club

When: Every Wednesday 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 Wednesday.

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

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.

The extension at Westquay will be an exciting place to work with a state of the art cinema, top leisure and catering brands and new public space with year round entertainment.  There will be 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.

There are many job vacancies being advertised with lots of the new restaurants at Westquay including:Westquay1200px600px

  • Bill’s
  • Byron
  • CAU
  • Cabana
  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Showcase Cinema
  • Franco Manca
  • Cosmo
  • Five Guys
  • Red Dog Saloon
  • Wahaca
  • Zizzi
  • Thaikun

To see the full list of vacancies at Westquay and to also find out about training for the new development, check out Westquay Works


Totton College Job ClubTotton 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



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.




 Android TrainingAndroid Training for Beginners

A great introduction to android tablets for new owners or those thinking of buying one. Equally suitable for those who own a tablet but would like to get more out of it.

We have tablets available to use on the day if you don’t own one!

No prior knowledge is necessary and the session is completely free!

To book a place please contact 023 8083 2162

* Wednesday 24 May 2017 in Central Library @ 10.30am *

* Wednesday 7 June 2017 in Woolston Library @ 10.30am *

* Wednesday 14 June 2017 in Bitterne Library @ 10.30am *

* Wednesday 21 June 2017 in Central Library @ 10.30am *


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