Access Southampton Events & Training Calendar

**** Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some courses and events may be cancelled at short notice. Always contact the training provider to check whether the course/event is still going ahead ****

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, 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

Virtual Learning and Opportunities

Free Online Training

The Skills Toolkit – The Skills Toolkit is a new online platform giving access to free, high quality digital and numeracy courses to help people build up their skills and boost employability across the country – free course listings can be found on the Reed website

FutureLearn – includes some courses that are available for free

Vision2Learn – funded courses delivered in partnership with colleges in England – over 1000 free courses you can complete at your own pace

Babington Free Online Courses – programmes and qualifications available for remote learning and fully available online, supported by specialist trainers

Think Employment – a range of courses that can be completed at home, with remote-tutor support

Virtual College – a wide range of free e-learning

University of Southampton – free online learning packages including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and podcasts

Upcoming courses and events

Solent Youth New Futures Programme

When: Starts 7th June 2021

As you may know, we have helped a large number of young people in your area tackle stress, anxiety and depression through personalised coaching sessions.  

As one young person on our most recent course said, 

I’m loving the course I’m already feeling so much more confident”.  

With rising mental health concerns, now more than ever, our experienced course facilitators are ready to deliver excellent support to young people who need it the most.  

Despite the current circumstances, our courses continue to run online. The next youth course is on the 7th June and will be: 

  • Free
  • Online 2 days a week 
  • Open to all young people 

Please refer any young people you think may benefit to secure their place for our course starting Monday 7th June 2021.

If you have any questions, we would love to talk: 023 8017 9591

Southampton New Futures Programme

When: Starts 8th June 2021

Limited places available for our Free Southampton New Futures programme. Refer your clients today.

We have helped a large number of young people in your area tackle stress, anxiety and depression through our CBT- based coursed and personal coaching sessions.

As one candidate on a recent course said:

“The course was literally life changing, it’s the best thing I’ve done and for the first time in a year I have felt structure to my life and I feel clearer minded, would definitely recommend.​”.

With rising mental health concerns and more people out of work throughout the pandemic, now more than ever, our experienced programme facilitators are ready to deliver excellent support to adults who need it the most.

Despite the current circumstances, we are continuing to run our programmes online. Please note the new programme start date:

The next Adult 18+ course is on the 8th June 2021 and will be:

  • Free
  • Online 2 days a week via the Zoom platform
  • Open to all adults who are not employed or in education and may feel stuck in their current situation
  • Aims to improve self-esteem, self-confidence and motivation and to help candidates regain a sense of control over their lives

If you have any questions, we would love to talk with you: 023 8017 9591 or

Prince’s Trust Get Started in Health and Social Care

Taster Session: Wednesday 9th June (1pm-3pm)

Main Programme: Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th June (10am-4pm)

Where: Online via Zoom

Are you 16-30 and looking for employment? Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference?

The Prince’s Trust, in partnership with employers in the Solent area, are offering a FREE online employment course, giving you a fantastic opportunity to learn about starting your career in Health & Social Care and interview for live vacancies. There are vacancies in Southampton, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and surrounding areas.

This will be our standard Get Started in H&SC programme, where Days 1 & 2 will be group sessions covering roles within H&SC and on Day 3 you will get the chance to speed interview with up to 3 employers! The roles available will mainly be Care Assistant/Support Worker/Healthcare Assistant. (Please note that 16-17 year olds may have limited options for interviews.)

Please see attached poster for information or register your interest at Eventbrite here: Get Started with Health & Social Care (Solent) Tickets, Tue 15 Jun 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

If you have any queries you can also contact the Health and Social Care team at

National Careers Service Creating A Winning CV Workshop

When: Wednesday 9th June @ 10AM – 11AM

National Careers Service Moving Forward/The National Skills Fund Workshop

When: Wednesday 9th June @ 10AM – 11AM

National Careers Service Kickstart Careers Workshop

When: Wednesday 9th June @ 10AM – 11AM

National Careers Service Careers in the Civil Service Workshop

When: Wednesday 9th June @ 10AM – 11AM

National Careers Service Self-Employment Awareness Workshop

When: Wednesday 9th June @ 10AM – 11AM

Prince’s Trust Get Started with Engineering (16-30 year olds)

When: Application deadline – 14th June, main course – 21st-25th June 2021

Where: Face to Face, Isle of Wight

Delivered in partnership with The Isle of Wight College and Cecamm, this is a free one week practical programme which will give young people a taster of welding, drilling and CAD design as well as learning more about careers in engineering. Up to six months support following completion of the programme.

Make an enquiry

New Futures Solent Supporting Employment Programme

When: Starts 15th June 2021

New Dates for the New Futures Solent Supporting Employment Programme. Limited places available for this fully funded programme.

We have helped a large number of people in your area tackle stress, anxiety and depression through our programmes and personal coaching sessions which follow a cognitive behavioural approach.

As one candidate on a recent programme said:

“The course was literally life changing, it’s the best thing I’ve done and for the first time in a year I have felt structure to my life and I feel clearer minded, would definitely recommend.​”.

With rising mental health concerns and more people out of work throughout the pandemic, now more than ever, our experienced programme facilitators are ready to deliver excellent support to adults who need it the most.

Despite the current circumstances, we are continuing to run our programmes online.

The next New Futures Solent Supporting Employment is on the 15th June 2021 and will be:

  • Fully Funded
  • Online 2.5 days a week via the Zoom platform
  • Open to adults 25+ in the catchment area who are not employed and need help to overcome their barriers to gaining employment
  • Catchment areas are Eastleigh, Gosport, Fareham, Havant, the New Forest and the Isle of Wight
  • Aims to improve self-esteem, self-confidence and motivation and to help candidates regain a sense of control over their lives

If you have any questions, we would love to talk with you.

  • 023 8017 9591

Prince’s Trust Get into Security (18-30 year olds)

Application Deadline: June 14th

When: Taster Day June 16th

Main programme: June 21st-July 2nd

Where: Face to Face, Southampton

Delivered in partnership with Triforce Security, this is a free two-week programme where young people will complete a Level 2 Award in working as a door supervisor. Upon completion of the programme SIA badges will be paid for as well as up to 6 months follow-on support. ID documents and criminal background check are required.

Make an enquiry

Abri Work Academy

When: Starts Tuesday 15th June 2021

If you’re out of work, looking for a job that’s highly rewarding, makes a huge difference, with opportunity for a career, why not become a Care Worker?

Social Care in Action (SCIA) and Abri are offering a guaranteed interview to participants that complete the free care training on offer

  • No experience necessary. We’re looking for people who are compassionate, enthusiastic, and have a positive attitude
  • Positions available: Home Care Support Workers, Extra Care Workers, Bank Extra Care Workers, Independence Skills Development Workers, Care Coordinator
  • Training takes place over three days, less than two hours a day
  • Email to reserve a place

Abri Work Academy Referral Form

EY Foundation Paid Work Experience Programme

When: starts 12th July 2021

The EY Foundation, an independent charity founded by the professional services firm, EY (Ernst & Young). Every year we deliver a paid summer work experience programme for Year 12students, called Smart Futures and we would love your students to apply for our 2021 programme. (Participation in this programme is at no cost to your provider.)

Smart Futures is a 2 week paid employability training and work experience programme. Students will gain a variety of transferable skills that will give them a head start in their career and support their transition into work and further education.

As part of the programme young people are allocated a business mentor to support them throughout their final year at school/college and advise them on one of the biggest career choices they will make – the first step in their working life. Students will also be invited to a series of alumni events throughout this time. The programme aims to support young people from low income families who have a good level of academic attainment but may lack genuine opportunity and key employability skills. Below is the key eligibility criteria for the programme:

► Currently in Year 12

Eligible (not necessarily claiming) free school meals at any time in the last two years, or eligible for a college bursary

► Studying any combination of A-level/International Baccalaureate/BTEC Level 3s/National 5/Highers

► Ambitious and motivated to join the world of work

I would be happy to deliver a virtual presentation to interested and eligible students. Please suggest a time which works for you and we will try to accommodate.  Alternatively, we have created a pre-prepared virtual presentation about the Smart Futures programme which I would be happy to send at your request.

Students can apply via our website by clicking on the link below and selecting ‘Apply now’.

Prince’s Trust Google IT Support Certificate (18-30 year olds)

Application Deadline: July 23rd

When: Taster Day July 28th

Main programme: August 2nd-5th August and ongoing weekly sessions

Where: Virtual, any location

Delivered in partnership with INCO Academy, this programme will support young people through the learning required to gain a Google IT Support Certificate on the Coursera platform as well as providing up to six months of follow on support to help them identify a role in the IT sector. This is a self-led programme with structured group training sessions, young people can expect to complete the programme within three months.

Make an enquiry

Career Foundations Programme

Participants must start before 31st July 2021

Work with the most exciting and innovative companies in the UK

We have a range of exciting placements available now – including events, marketing, film production assistants, data analysts and technology development.  

Our 8 week programme is open to everyone. How you did at school is irrelevant to us. We’ve built our programme to provide you with the skills you need in today’s workplace. Over the 8 weeks we will work with you to build your confidence, teach you how to write the perfect CV and shine at interviews, and fill any skills gaps that you think are barriers for you. You will be mentored by business experts and are invited onto a two week work placement in the role and company of your choice. This placement could lead to further opportunities, including an apprenticeship or job offer.

Pathway 1 

If you already have Maths and English qualifications, and soft IT Skills, this is the pathway for you. In this pathway we focus on providing you with core skills that will give you far greater chance of securing your ideal role. You will also participate in a two-week work placement that could lead to a future opportunity with a leading UK company. 

Pathway 2

If you already have soft IT skills, but you need some support with Maths and English, we will help you to achieve these qualifications, alongside the core skills and work placement in pathway 1.

Pathway 3

If you don’t have Maths and English qualifications, and haven’t had any exposure to IT skills, we will ensure that within an eight-week plan, we cover all of these alongside the core skills and work placement in pathway 1.


  • Aged 19-24 years (or up to 25 with an ECHP)
  • Currently unemployed
  • Have less than a L3 qualification or A-Levels
  • Live in the South East, London, West Midlands or Yorkshire & Humber

For more information or to sign up, please visit Career Foundations – National Youth Covid Recovery Programme

Southampton Jobs Fair

When: Friday 26th November 2021 10am-1pm

The Southampton Jobs Fair returns on Friday 26th November 2021 at St Marys Stadium, 10am to 1pm.

The Jobs Fair is free to attend for all job seekers.

Speak face-to-face with various local and national employers at this one-day event. Recruiters will be from a variety of different industries on the day.

For more information please visit
Southampton Jobs Fair Tickets, Fri 26 Nov 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

College Open Events

City College

City College have their own dedicated online open event where you can watch videos about the college and find out more about the subjects on offer.

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Find out more about college life and talk to staff and students about the courses on offer.

Open Evening Sign Up – Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Itchen Sixth Form College

Itchen College has a dedicated online open event including an introduction from the principal, a facilities tour video, course videos and presentations and a Live Chat Q&A Service (3pm-4pm Monday-Friday)

St Anne’s Sixth Form

Find out more about studying at St. Anne’s Sixth Form:

Bitterne Park Sixth Form

Bitterne Park Sixth Form have shared a video on YouTube to tell you more about life at the college

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

Find details of upcoming open events at

Peter Symonds College

360 virtual tour of Peter Symonds College:

Eastleigh College

Virtual open event will give the opportunity to preview the facilities and discover the courses on offer.

Open event | 10 June | Book here · Eastleigh College

Totton College

A chance for prospective students to get a feel for life at Totton College.

Open Evening: Tuesday 22nd June 2021 | Totton College

Brockenhurst College

Virtual Open Event:

Fareham College

Online showcase introducing you to Fareham College:

Ongoing Opportunities

Online CSCS Training

The Construction Skills Fund now have virtual training available for those who want to get their CSCS card. The CSCS test cannot be done virtually, and they will be done at the learner’s nearest CSCS test centre. 

Referrals can be made in the usual way to

Before you refer anyone, please:

  • Ensure that they have access to a laptop or tablet computer (a phone is not sufficient), wifi and a quiet learning space
  • Ensure that they have the right photo ID to do the CSCS card test (passport/driving licence/citizen card – details can be found here)
  • Ensure that the learner can travel easily and safely to their nearest CSCS test centre

Southampton Library Service – Your Library from Home

Find out what’s available for you and your family at home from our libraries, there’s something for everyone and it’s all free with a library membership!
Not a member? Join online now (also free!)

Reading and Listening

Local and Family history

Online Events

Staying in touch

For regular updates and activities, follow the library service on social media:

Activities for Lockdown

If you’re looking for something new to do, a skill to learn, or some music or theatre to enjoy, take a look at this list of ‘Activities for Lockdown’ which Leonard Cheshire’s Digital Inclusion team have collated.

Virtual Work Club

Thursdays 3pm-5pm

Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team are running a weekly virtual work club for people in Southampton needing information, advice and guidance around employment. The virtual work club will take place every Thursday 3pm-5pm starting on Thursday 25th June 2020. As part of our response to the ongoing situation, we want to give clients to opportunity to drop in to a session where they can get advice from one of our Employment Officers. The virtual work club will be running on Zoom and clients can drop in at any time in the 2 hour session. They will have the opportunity to speak 1 to 1 with a member of our team – we will be using Zoom’s ‘Breakout Rooms’ feature to ensure clients information is kept confidential, so there is no need for them to worry about discussing their case in front of other clients. At the virtual work club, we can help with:

  • IAG relating to job searching, applications and interviews
  • Creating or updating CVs
  • Advice and signposting around furlough and returning to work
  • Referral to our other projects for 1 to 1 support if required
  • Signposting to other support services

To join the virtual work club, you don’t need to have a Zoom account. All you need to do is click this link: and enter the password: 356055

Quickstart Courses

Quickstart (Brockenhurst College) are now back open and will be ready to take referrals for our courses from Wednesday July 1st. Our phone lines will be open between 10am and 2pm.

In light of the Covid-19 situation we have now put in place a few changes to make sure that we adhere to the current government guidelines;

  • Learners will be booked on to telephone IPIs with our Work and Training Advisors
  • In the centre we have introduced social distancing measures maintaining the 2 metre rule and have reduced the numbers of learners that we will have on courses so learners and tutors in classrooms are properly distanced
  • We will provide learners with access to antibacterial hand gel, as well as PPE such as disposable masks and gloves
  • Whilst with us learners will have to sign an updated code of conduct to say that they agree to adhere to our rules and procedures

Call 02380 682571 to book

City College Distance Learning Courses

At City college, make 2021 your year with our wide range of professional, technical and creative courses. Whether you are learning for work, to gain a qualification for a new career, or to learn a new skill, we have a course for everyone.

Our distance learning qualifications provide you with the flexibility to study at a time and place that suits you, so you can fit your learning around your work and home life.

Level 2 courses:

Level 1 courses:

Take a look at the part-time courses we offer and see how we can help you to achieve your personal or career goals for 2021.


S2A are now recruiting young people across Southampton, Eastleigh Portsmouth and Basingstoke to start in August 2020

Skills2Achieve Functional Skills for Adult Learners

Skills2Achieve will be running Adult classes throughout the 20/21 year in Math and English Functional Skills up to level 2. Each course will run for 10 weeks.

Email or telephone 023 8021 1683.

Prince’s Trust Coronavirus Support Hub

We’ve pulled together some of the most useful advice, guidance and resources so you can continue to upskill by developing your confidence and abilities during this challenging time, as well as find the answers to your questions on work and self-employment.

We’ll continue to update our hub, so do keep visiting for the latest tools and tips – and share with your friends and family.

  • Live Chat for Advice and Guidance
  • Jobs Boards, job search and job application advice
  • £5million Enterprise Relief Fund offers grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business
  • Enterprise and self-employment advice
  • Money Management
  • Education Support
  • Confidence and Wellbeing
  • CV Support
  • #Can’tTalkWrite activity toolkits

Find out more by visiting or calling 0800 842 842

Totton College Flexible Learning Courses

Funded qualifications delivered online with access to your own individual assessor/mentor. Industry recognised certifications delivered over up to 12 weeks. Available to the employed and unemployed. For your immediate enrolment contact

There are many streams of funding available to employers and their employees to upskill their workforce at little to no cost*. We offer a range of short courses that deliver long-lasting results, you can develop your employee’s skill sets with enriching courses which maximise efficiency, increase motivation, and boost business productivity. Watch your team flourish as you create a more committed and skilled workforce.

Courses available:

  • Understanding Behaviour That Challenges
  • Principles of Business Administration
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health
  • Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent · Principles of Team Leading

*Subject to Adult Education Budget eligibility declaration completion at application.

Eastleigh College Online

Free online learning courses from Eastleigh College

Apply in 3 easy steps:

1.  Click here to choose your course

2.  View course and see online demo

3.  Apply

Kiwi Education Funded Courses Now Available

Completed online in 4 weeks. Courses available are:

  • Workplace Violence and Harassment
  • Climate Change and Environmental Awareness
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Data Protection and Data Security
  • Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Cleaning Principles
  • Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance

For more information, visit Kiwi Education

Saints Learning Accredited Qualifications and E-Learning

Southampton Football Club’s range of accredited Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and e-learning qualifications provide certainty and belief in the abilities of those who achieve them. Courses are designed to fit around participants’ busy schedules, with expert-led training to bridge the gap between career ambition and career progression.

Accredited Qualifications
We provide training to reach the industry-recognised standards that enable ambitious, determined people to push on with their lives and careers. These are our selected suites of formally recognised and accredited qualifications. Please enquire for learning options.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

  • Level 2 Team Leading
  • Level 3 Principles of Management & Leadership
  • Level 4 Management & Leadership
  • Level 5 Management & leadership


  • Food Safety – Level 1
  • Food Safety – Level 2
  • Food Safety – Level 3
  • Health & Safety – Level 1
  • Health & Safety – Level 2
  • Health & Safety – Level 3

General e-Learning:

  • Conflict Management
  • Communication
  • Team Work

Find out more:

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

Portsmouth City Council Employment and Skills

The Employment and Skills provision supports individuals and local business through a range of targeted programmes. All participants also benefit from additional support from our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator who can support a range of healthy living initiatives including weight management and smoking cessation work.

Our experienced Employment Advisors work with people to help them overcome barriers to employment through a range of funded programmes. This can include helping individuals to consider new approaches to work, new career options and retraining as well as supporting direct job search activities.

We support local employers to recruit, often working with them to consider diversifying their workforce to support individuals with disabilities enter the employment market.

Support for the unemployed – Our fully-supported service works with employers to help recruit and retain staff to enrich your workforce. Our employment, learning and skills department deliver government-funded programmes to support those facing barriers to employment, including disabilities. Individuals can join these programmes by getting in touch, or can be referred through the Job Centre

Construction Skills Fund – This unique training opportunity for unemployed individuals aged 18+ provides a 2 week course to obtain their CSCS cards.

CSCS Cards – For those with industry experience a short course experience is available at costs to support individuals into work. Please apply for current prices.

Contact details

The You Trust

Young Lives

For further information, please contact:

  • For the New Forest area, telephone: 02380 668441
  • For the Dorset area, telephone: 01305 789028 or 01305 213783

New Forest and Dorset Young People

Our vision is for every young person to become a positive force for change in their own life, and the lives of others, whatever their background or circumstance. In this way they will make a successful transition to adulthood with the capabilities they need to become happy, healthy, valued members of the community, fully equipped to access employment and achieve their aspirations. We give young people the tools they need for life, work and a better future through having a voice so they can influence the world around them. We create innovative and inspiring programmes in partnership with young people and deliver them to community-cased and targeted youth organisations. Through key-working, we help young people to:

  • Work in staying safe
  • Manage their accommodation
  • Find work
  • Develop life skills
  • Avoid isolation
  • Prepare for more independent living
  • Get into college
  • Find a job
  • Join a sports or social club

RCS Services

A community organisation that works across Hampshire to deliver support and opportunities for people. We pride ourselves on supplying a quality service by utilising our own expertise, as well as the expertise of our many partners, to achieve the common goal to improve the wellbeing and life experiences of the community around us.

RCS offer a vast range of courses in a wide number of locations around Hampshire –

Employment Training Programme covering Andover, Romsey and Basingstoke –

Phone: Romsey – 01794 522106
Andover – 01264 359223

Email: (Andover office)

Seetec Pluss

Areas Covered: Gosport, Havant & Newport

Call: 0800 334 5525


Hampshire County Council

A new helpline is now available to provide information and advice, as well as practical support to frail or vulnerable Hampshire residents.

The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline – Hantshelp4vulnerable – can be contacted on 0333 370 4000. (Calls charged at local rate.) Or you can request a call-back from the helpline by completing the call-back request form.

The helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need assistance with practical issues.

Please note the service is for people currently residing in the county of Hampshire. If you are a resident of Southampton, Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight, and call the number above, you will be signposted to their respective local support numbers.

Hive Portsmouth

Hive Portsmouth is currently dedicated to supporting our most vulnerable residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you are an individual in need of help please call the helpline:
Portsmouth Residents in PO1 – PO6 postcodes:
☏ Helpline: 023 9261 6709 (Lines are open 9am-5pm Monday – Friday)

Residents in other PO postcodes:
☏ The Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline
Hantshelp4vulnerable – can be contacted on 0333 370 4000 (Lines are open 9am-5pm)

Kooth digital counselling and emotional wellbeing service available for young people

Health and Care Portsmouth has commissioned the online counselling service Kooth, a service delivered by Kooth Plc. Kooth is now an integral component of Portsmouth’s mental health provision offering a digital counselling and emotional wellbeing service for young people from January 2021.

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 11-18 years (up to 19th birthday) in Portsmouth with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors. By accessing Kooth young people can benefit from:

  • A free, confidential, anonymous and safe way to receive support online.
  • Out of hours’ availability. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop in basis.
  • Online counselling from a professional team of BACP qualified counsellors is available via 1-1 chat sessions or messaging on a drop in basis or via booked sessions.
  • Discussion boards which are all pre-moderated allow young people to access peer to peer support.
  • Online magazine full of moderated articles many of which are submitted by young people offering advice and guidance on a huge range of topics.
  • No referral is required. Young people can register for Kooth independently at

You can also view a short video about the service by following this link.

Project UP (Unlimited Potential)

Abri are launching a new venture called Project UP (Unlimited Potential).  Funded through the European Social Fund and match funded by Abri, Project UP offers free expert support, training and advice for people who are looking to secure employment, gain new skills for work and improve their confidence.  Our initial focus is on Gosport, Portsmouth, Millbrook and Mansbridge, but if you have customers that live in the wider Solent LEP area we can also support them.  Anyone who is unemployed or economically inactive can benefit from 1to1 career advice, access to a local job club run in partnership with SEHCO (South East Hampshire Community Outlook), job opportunities with local employers and the chance to attend our in house programme of employability, self-employment, wellbeing and confidence training webinars.  To find out more either respond to this email or contact us at, call 0800 432 0570

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