Access Southampton Events & Opportunities 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 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

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

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

Interview Support Workshop

When: Friday 4th December 2020 10am-11am

Digital and Social Media Awareness Workshop

When: Monday 7th December 2020 1pm-2pm

Experience Matters Workshop

When: Tuesday 8th December @ 11am until 12pm

Self-employment Awareness Workshop

When: Thursday 10th December @ 13:00 until 14:00

Executive and Professionals Workshop

When: Friday 11th December @ 10:30am until 12:30pm

Redundancy Support Workshop

When: Monday 14th December @ 13:00 until 14:00

Creating a Winning CV Workshop

When: Tuesday 15th December @ 13:00 until 14:00

Virtual CSCS Course

When: Tuesday 15th – Thursday 17th December 2020

The only face to face requirement is a site visit at 4-5 pm on Friday 11 December in Winchester.

• Online course is 9.30-4, 15-17 December 2020. Learners will get a CSCS card and Health and Safety level 1.
• Learners must be over 18, and not currently working in construction (agency workers are fine).
• They must have access to a laptop with audio and a webcam – this is a requirement for the online CSCS test they will do.
• They must have photo ID (passport/driving licence/citizen card/ID waiver form) – please check this before referring.
• You can refer learners to us, or learners can self refer – please do share the attached flyer on your social media.
• All learners will receive support to get into work after the course.

Preparing For Employment Workshop

When: Wednesday 16th December @ 13:00 until 14:00

Waves of Change

When: Starting 7th January 2021

Please contact for more information

Safe Teens New Futures Course

When: Starts Monday 11th January 2021

As you may know, our programme helps students in need of mental and emotional support feel more confident for their future. As a student on our most recent course said, “I feel better in myself …. I can see a difference …. My mum and dad have said to me ‘ever since you’ve started doing the online course there’s a difference in you.”

Our courses use the Zoom for Education strict online safeguarding protocols. The course will include:

Online learning 2 days a week with 1:1 telephone support
Accessibility from home and school with laptops available
Home-delivered pizza on the last day

Please refer any students you think may benefit from this course immediately as we have spaces for our course starting Monday 11th January 2021.

If you have any questions, we’d love to talk.

Safe Adults New Futures Course

When: Starts Monday 11th January 2021

Limited places for our Free Southampton 25+ Safe New Futures Course. Refer your clients today. As a candidate on our most recent course said, “this course is an eye opener. Not things that you would think about. It provides a long-lasting solution, not just a quick fix. Everyone should come on this course.”

We focus on helping those who have been in long term unemployment cultivate confidence and motivation. With the unemployment rate rising, now more than ever, our experienced course facilitators are ready to deliver excellent support for those who need it the most.

Despite the current circumstances, our course continues to be:
Online 2 days a week
Open to all those currently unemployed

Please refer anyone you think may benefit from this course immediately as we have only a few spaces for our course starting Monday 11th January 2021.

If you have any questions, we would love to talk

Safe Youth New Futures Course

When: Starts Tuesday 12th January 2021

As you may know, we have helped a large number of young people in your area tackle stress, anxiety and depression through personalised therapy sessions.
As one young person on our most recent course said, “it got me thinking about other thought patterns that I’ve never confronted”.

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 12th January 2021 and will be:
Online 2 days a week
Open to all young people

Please refer any young people you think may benefit from this course immediately as we have spaces for our course starting Tuesday 12th January 2021

*Please note: this youth course is for 18-30’s within the Southampton area*

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

Prince’s Trust Team Programme

When: Starts January 2021

We are pleased to say our TEAM programme will be running again in January 2021 from Basingstoke and Redbridge (Southampton) Fire Stations.
We have had a resounding success with our COVID-19 adapted programmes with all learners being supported in engaging with the virtual learning and also with the face to face delivery at one of our fire stations. In January we will still be working with small groups of learners, complying with all the necessary guidance to be Covid secure, ensuring we have a Covid action plan and risk assessment in place. We will also be ensuring social distancing, thorough cleaning and hygiene standards etc. We are also able to loan all students access to a Samsung device to be able to access the virtual learning aspects of the programme.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is a 12 week self-development programme which is completely free and doesn’t affect any benefits. The course is for 16 – 25 year olds who are not in education, training or employment. The course is designed to help these young adults gain the skills, qualifications and experiences needed to get back education, training or employment.

The key weeks of the programme are

  • Team building
  • Fundraising & community project – great for the CV
  • Work placement – CV’s, application forms, work experience
  • Team challenge – Helping the local community, great for the CV

The young person will also gain key skills such as road traffic safety, fire safety, first aid & money management.

If you know anyone who will benefit from a free course like this one then please let us know and we can arrange to meet up and discuss the programme with the young person or with yourself. If you would like any further information please let us know, we have also attached our leaflet which breaks down the 12 weeks, feel free to share this and the email with your colleagues and young people.

You can also find more information including films about the programme here:

Free Construction Courses – Forklift or Vehicle Banksman (Includes CSCS)

Please contact for more information

Free Construction Training
Get your CSCS card and support to find a job
Forklift or Vehicle Banksman
Course starts January 2021

“Ready, Steady, Go!”

When: Starts 1st February 2021

Get ready to conquer the job market with the Employability Programme at FareShare Southern Central

With our free Employability Programme “Ready, Steady, Go!” we want to help you secure long term employment in a warehouse environment. During our Programme we will focus on offering you training, work experience and employability support to give you everything you need to get back into work.
What we offer*
• Accredited training in Food Safety & Hygiene, Health & Safety, First Aid
• Non-accredited training in warehouse operations, warehouse equipment, databases and admin (optional)
• Work experience in various warehouse roles at FS Southern Central
• Work experience with a FS Southern Central Partner Business (pending)
• Promoting a better understanding of your employability skills and individual strengths
• Employment support through information about sector-specific sought-after skills, mock-interview, CV writing support (pending)
• Increasing your mental and emotional wellbeing

What you could be doing*
• Working as part of a team to manually sort and store large deliveries of surplus food
• Helping to assemble the daily deliveries of food for local charities and community groups
• Making sure the food is within use by dates and handled safely
• Accompany our volunteer drivers to deliver and collect food
• Help load and unload the vans
• Log food orders on our online system

Who is it for?
Anyone between 18-65 who is unemployed, seeking future employment in a warehouse environment and is motivated to get started.

Facts & Figures*
• Duration of Programme: 6 months
• Hours per week: 16-25
• Start Date: Monday 1st February 2021
• End Date: Friday 30th July 2021

Recruitment Process
• Step 1 – Application: Apply for the Programme by sending us a Cover Letter (please state why you are interested in this line of work and in taking part in the Programme)
• Step 2 – Interview: If we think you are a suitable candidate, we will invite you for an interview at our Totton site
• Step 3 – Taster Sessions: Come in for two Taster Sessions so we can see you in action

Who we are
We at FareShare believe that no good food should go to waste which is why we redistribute surplus food from retailers and producers to charities and community groups who turn it into meals. The charities we work with include those that support the homeless, women’s refuges and groups for people with disabilities, older people’s lunch clubs and breakfast clubs for disadvantaged children. We are a busy warehouse, where last year alone we redistributed 678 tons of food. We are doers. We are a community.

Other perks
• This Programme and all the resources provided are free, so you don’t need to worry about any fees
• Travel expenses are available to a maximum of £10 per shift
• An informal environment full of friendly people who are passionate about their work

What next?
If you would like to take part, get in touch and call us on 07494 074223, send your Cover Letter to or mail it to
Timea Cheeseman, FareShare Southern Central, Unit 1 Sunset Business Park, Brunel Road / Nutwood Way, Calmore Industrial Estate, Totton, SO40 3WX

* Individual aspects and components of the Programme may be subject to change. If you have any questions, please ask for further information.

Online 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.

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.

Totton College

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

Brockenhurst College

Virtual Open Event:

Fareham College

Online showcase introducing you to Fareham College:

Ongoing Opportunities

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:

SeaCity Museum Online Resources and Downloadable Activities

SeaCity Museum Logo Blue
The Lives. The Times

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the SeaCity Museum has put together a range of free online resources and downloadable activities for children and families to enjoy including:

  • Colouring & Activity Sheets
  • Southampton through time, Titanic and Mayflower 400 activity packs
  • The Great Big Titanic Quiz
  • Puzzles and Jigsaws

There are also virtual tours of museums and exhibitions available on Southampton City Council’s Cultural Services YouTube account

Find out more:

God’s House at Home

God’s House Tower Art & Heritage venue has a range of online activities including:

  • Make and Create Workshops – Led by local emerging artists, the Make & Create workshop series is inspired by the theme: GHT beside the sea. These artists have devised a series of creative workshops which will take place at GHT, but in the meantime these activities will let you get to know the artists and try something creative at home.
  • Decorate your own Historic Southampton postcard
  • Try your hand at water drawing
  • Lunchtime Lectures every Friday at 12:30pm
  • And much more…

Full details, activities and links can be found on their website:

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


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.

Free Online Creative Writing Workshops

As part of ArtfulScribe’s ongoing commitment to support writers of all ages and at all stage of their creative development, we have now migrated most of our services to online platforms and these are free to attend. With regard to children and young people we are offering creative writing sessions as follows:

7-11 yrs – Junior Writers’ Club with Susmita Bhattacharya on a Wednesday morning from 9.30-11am – sign-up by emailing

11-14 yrs – Mayflower Young Writers in partnership with Mayflower Theatre on a Saturday morning from 9.15-11am – sign up by clicking through this link:

15-18yrs – Mayflower Young Writers in partnership with Mayflower Theatre on a Saturday morning from 11.15am-1pm – sign up by clicking this link:

18-25yrs – Mayflower Creative Writers in partnership with Mayflower Theatre on a Monday evening from 7pm-8.30pm – sign-up by clicking this link:

We also have a youngwritersonline club on a Wednesday at 11.30am-1pm with Tabby Hayward aimed at secondary school and sixth form students – sign up by emailing

No Limits

No Limits are following government guidelines and have made the decision to suspend face-to-face services, however we are still here to provide advice and support to children and young people. If you are a child or young person in need of support from a Youth Worker, you can:

  • Phone: If you would like to speak to a Youth Worker on the phone, you can phone 02380 224 224 during our normal Advice Centre opening times.
  • Email: You can email to speak to a Youth Worker for advice and support. Our emails will be monitored during our normal Advice Centre opening times.
  • Web Chat: We have launched a web chat service on our website so you can speak to a member of our team. To access our web chat, visit Our web chat service will be available during our normal Advice Centre opening hours.

Our Youth workers are available to provide support during the following hours:

Monday: 10am-5pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 1.30pm – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: 10am – 1.30pm

Details of the updates to No Limits services are:

  • Advice Centre: Our Advice Centre is now operating remotely via telephone, webchat and email. All our youth workers are still working and available to provide support on any issues, using the contact details above, during normal Advice Centre opening hours.
  • Breakout Youth service: we are offering LGBTQ+ Zoom groups to young people. Social and themed sessions – details are available by contacting Referrals to the service are still being received through this e mail account.
  • Bright Beginnings: support for young parents is continuing by telephone.
  • Community Support: for help with your tenancy or housing situation, income, benefits, bills, debts and budgeting, as well as education, training, work and life skills. Referrals are as normal and appointments are taking place over the phone.
  • Counselling: for young people aged 11 and above, phone to book an assessment by calling 02380 224224 on a Monday 10-11am. Counselling sessions are being held via Zoom or telephone, depending on client choice.
  • DASH (Drugs, alcohol support and health): referrals are as normal, appointments are taking place over the telephone. We plan to also provide support via Zoom.
  • Emergency Department: We are accepting referrals. We will triage over the phone and offer 1:1 appointments and check-ins. Referrals and signposting into specialist support.
  • Health and Wellbeing: We are providing Health and Wellbeing drop-ins for vulnerable children and children of key workers who are in school, observing social distancing.
  • Health and Wellbeing Zoom: we are accepting referrals from schools, professionals, parents and self-referrals for young people to access Zoom groups around specific topics which have been advertised directly with partners and via social media. Zoom topics include self-esteem, coping with loneliness and relationships and sex education.
  • Housing and homelessness: 1:1 support is taking place over the telephone. To speak to a youth worker, contact the Advice Centre as normal.
  • Primary Mental Health (U18 AND 18+): Referrals are being accepted on Weekly 1:1s via phone call or ‘Visionable’. Our U18 PMHWs are still triaging CAMHS referrals in the SPA. We are checking in regularly with those on the waiting list.
  • NLXtra: Help with debt and budgeting. Referrals being accepted by email and support offered via telephone or email.
  • Space 4U: for children and young people in Southampton (up to 25) and Isle of Wight (11-17) who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health and who need access to instant emotional and practical support. Specialist staff available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings 5-8pm and Saturday 10-1.30pm.
  • Sexual health: 1:1 phone consultations with a specialist sexual health nurse are available – email to arrange. Relationships and sex education topics will be provided to young people through ZOOM upon referral. Young people can access general advice and guidance through our webchat, email or phone.
  • Social prescribing: Support for young people’s emotional health and wellbeing. We are accepting referrals as normal with assessments completed over the phone, including signposting and referring on for support.
  • Safe House and Teen Safe House: Normal referral routes. Support groups are taking place over Zoom.
  • Time4U: Normal referral routes. Support groups are taking place over Zoom.
  • Young Carers: Referrals being accepted by email. Assessments are being completed over the phone. Weekly 1:1’s are being held over the telephone and support groups meeting via Zoom
  • Youth Infinity: Support group for those on the Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme. The group is meeting via Zoom.

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.

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)

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