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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Peter Symonds College Open Evening

When: Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th October 2018 6pm-9pm

Where: Peter Symonds College, Owens Road, Winchester, SO22 6RX


01962 857500

Eastleigh College School Leaver Open Event

When: Thursday 18th October 2018 4:30pm-7:30pm

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

Register to attend

NCS Short Course (October half term)

When: Starts Friday 19th October 2018

Where: Runways End Outdoor Centre in Farnborough and Mansel Park Pavillion in Millbrook

Youth Options are delivering a short course of the National Citizen Service this October half term.   This is available to 16 and 17 year olds who have yet to complete NCS.   There are also places available for those who are over 18 but who have faced barriers to attending due to physical, emotional or learning difficulties (subject to discussion/assessment with referrer).

The short course consists of:

Phase 1:  Departure from Mansel Park Pavilion, Millbrook on Friday 19th October at 5pm.  A 3 night residential stay at Runways End Outdoor Centre in Farnborough with activities including; Archery, rifle shooting, climbing, abseiling, Jacobs ladder, caving, and team building exercises.  Young people will experience living away from home and cooking for themselves with recipes and ingredients provided.  Return on Monday 22nd October at 3pm.

Phase 2: Tuesday 23rd October-Thursday 25th October based at Mansel Park Pavilion, Millbrook.  Experience a set of independent living workshops and experiences including Money4Life (UK Youth budgeting programme), ‘Destination Southampton’-a challenge based exploration of the city with prizes, ‘Shape Factory’-a social enterprise workshop and an interactive public speaking workshop.

Phase 3: Friday 23rd-Sunday 28th October-Social action planning, ‘Dragons Den’ and implementation of a project to make a lasting impact on Southampton.

Phase 4: Celebration event. Thursday 8th November 7pm-8pm-  A chance to meet up, review your achievements, receive your certificate signed by the Prime Minister and celebrate your success.

To refer, please call 02380 770713 or visit www.ncsyes.co.uk for more information.

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

Get Started with Film

When: Monday 22nd October– 26th October 2018

Where: City Eye, Southampton Cultural Quarter

The Prince’s Trust and City Eye 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:

  • Receive an Introduction to digital filmmaking.
  • A core 5 day workshop project; incorporate training in areas of planning, production and post-production. Participants would have opportunity and encouragement to experience all aspects of the filmmaking process.
  • Engage in filmmaking workshops including opportunities to work with and meet professional filmmakers.
  • Opportunity to showcase the weeks teamwork project at Southampton Film Week 2018.
  • Meet new people and improve your confidence.
  • Receive up to three months’ progression support from the Prince’s Trust to help you find further work or training.

This course will run from Monday 22nd October– 26thOctober 2018 at:

A taster day will take place at City Eye in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter on Wednesday 17th October.

To register your interest or to find out more:

Call: 0800 842842 or Text: ‘FILM’ to 07943511218 and we’ll call you back.

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

Level 1 Warehousing Course in conjunction with Lidl

When: Starts Monday 5th November 2018 (Monday-Friday) 9am-5pm for 2 weeks

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

This short warehousing course is designed to support you in your journey back into employment or to change careers. It covers a range of employability and work skills topics for warehousing and storage roles including picking and packing, goods in and recycling. The course aims to build confidence in the workplace and personal development skills.

Successful completion of the course guarantees you an interview for a permanent role at the Lidl Regional Distribution Centre in Nursling across a range of shift patterns.

What will you learn?

You will complete 5 units:

  • Health and safety at work
  • Pick goods in logistic environment
  • Maintain hygiene standards in handling and storing of goods in a logistical environment
  • Sort goods and materials for recycling or disposing in a logistical environment
  • Make an effective contribution to a business sin the logistics sector

Take advantage of this fully funded course where you won’t have to pay for the course. Apply online now!

WEA Team Working Skills Course

When: Starts Tuesday 6th November 2018 9:15-11:15am for 10 weeks

Where: Mount Pleasant Junior School

Become a Community Event Organiser!

3 Credits towards a Level 2 qualification from City & Guilds

Become an Effective Team worker by organising and hosting your own Local Community Event. You will learn practical skills such as:

  • Understand your role and that of others.
  • Know your potential responsibilities.
  • Understand, manage and resolve conflict.
  • Agree on an action plan with the aim of working towards a community event.

This course can make you more employable!

10 weeks course + Event

06/11 Tuesday START – 9:15-11:15

To Enrol Contact:

WEA Office Clovelly Road 02380 630483

Get Inspired Southampton

When: Wednesday 7th November 2018 9.30am-3pm

Where: O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Get Inspired Southampton gives 10 to 16 year-olds the opportunity to gain a real understanding of the broad range of exciting career paths that the diverse businesses in and around our City have to offer through interactive activities. The event will inspire the students about local firms and employment.

It will inspire the students and their teachers about local firms, employment, future career choices and opportunities with businesses.

Get Inspired Southampton event gives students the chance to:

  • Meet the Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 4, 5 & 7
  • Learn about a huge variety of careers in the City
  • ‘Have a go’ at different skills and discover their talents
  • Speak to employers about real jobs
  • Be involved in quizzes and competitions to win fantastic prizes

There are no entry costs for schools as the event is supported by local businesses. Spaces are limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Download the Leaflet


If your pupils wish to attend this exciting event, please do complete the booking form below and return ASAP to Suzanne Lewis, slewis@ebpsouth.co.uk or 02392 283400.

Download – Get Inspired Southampton Booking Form

If you are an employer who would like to exhibit at this event, please contact Suzanne Lewis, slewis@ebpsouth.co.uk

Get Inspired Southampton is organised in partnership with EBP South and Southampton City Council.

City College Southampton Open Event

When: Saturday 10th November 2018 10am-12pm

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

Register to attend

023 8048 4848

Brockenhurst College Open Day

When: Saturday 10th November 2018 10am-2pm

Where: Brockenhurst College, Lyndhurst Rd, Brockenhurst, SO42 7ZE

Register to attend

01590 625555

Totton College Open Evening

When: Wednesday 14th November 2018 5.30pm-7.30pm

Where: Totton College, Calmore Road, Totton, SO40 3ZX


023 8087 4874

Sparsholt College Open Day

When: Saturday 17th November 2018 10am-2pm

Where: Sparsholt College Hampshire, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF


01962 776441

SETA Open Evening

When: Monday 19th November 2018 4:30pm-7:30pm

Where: SETA, First Avenue, Millbrook, Southampton, SO15 0LJ


















Eastleigh College School Leaver Open Event

When: Wednesday 21st November 2018 4:30pm-7:30pm

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

Register to attend

City College Southampton Open Event

When: Thursday 22nd November 2018 5:30pm-7:30pm

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

Register to attend

Create Self-Employment Course

When: Starts Tuesday 27th November 2018 10am-1pm

Where: Southampton Voluntary Services, Kingsland Square, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NW

Do you have an idea and passion that you want to turn into a business?

Are you currently self-employed or running a business and need to update your knowledge about running your business?

Radian invite you to ‘stop thinking, start creating’ with our new self-employment course ‘Create’. We have secured European funding to offer FREE self employment courses and additional support to people living in six key areas over the next three years including Southampton and Eastleigh.

The project is being delivered by Radian’s award winning Employment, Support and Training (EST) team, who specialise in supporting residents into employment and training and have successfully supported over 100 business start ups. Learn step by step how best to start, what to consider and plan for, as well as addressing all the necessary legalities so that you can have the best possible start with the right tools and information. With our team of experts, we will support you during our course with FREE 1:1 mentoring, specialised workshops and an online helpdesk. All we ask is for your commitment, passion and drive! The 10 week ‘CREATE’ course could be the start of your entrepreneurial journey; come along to our introduction day to find out more! Full dates are as follows: Nov 27, Dec 13 (2018), Jan 8, 22, 29 (2019) – all are 10am – 1pm sessions.


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

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

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: Starts September 2018

Where: Southampton























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





















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

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























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!!!

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

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










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