Welcome to the Access Southampton Events & Opportunities Calendar

Below is a summary of the latest careers events, training courses, employment opportunities and open days that are coming up in Southampton. These opportunities will give you the chance to develop new and existing skills, meet employers face to face, or find out about local colleges and training providers. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and times/locations may be subject to change – always contact the training provider to find out more information. 

Submit details of your own training course or careers event

iPad & Android training for beginners

When: Saturday 17th March 2018

Where: Shirley Library

A great introduction to iPads and Android tablets for new owners or those thinking of buying one. Equally suitable for those who own an iPad or Android tablet but would like to get more out of it. We have devices available to use on the day if you don’t own one. No prior knowledge is necessary and the session is completely free.

Android session – 10.30am to 12.30pm / iPad session – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

To register your interest for any of the courses listed below please contact 023 8083 2971 or email: dean.wilson@southampton.gov.uk

Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Personal Development Programme

When: Starts Monday 19th March 2018

Where: Solent Centre, High Street, Southampton

Do you work with a Young Person who would benefit from the a personal development programme, working on skills such as confidence, resilience, motivation, team work, reliability and self-esteem .

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

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
  • High Ropes
  • 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 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


The next course starts 19th March 2018.

Swim Academy Programme

When: Starts Tuesday 20th March 2018 for 16 weeks

Where: The Quays, Southampton

What is it?

  • Free for 16 to 24 year olds. Not in Full-time education or work (Over 16 hours) & hasn’t already attained a full level 3 qualification.
  • FREE Level 1 & 2 Swim England assisting/teaching qualification + optional free NPLQ (Lifeguard qualification)!
  • Work preparation Level 1 workshop + Maths & English upskilling for those that need it
  • Complete 100 hours of unpaid quality work experience, completed over/up to 16 weeks.
  • You don’t need to be a strong swimmer, just passionate to work in the industry!

What else?

  • Travel help for those that need it
  • DBS checks are all paid for! Previous conviction? This will be case by case, as you will be working with vulnerable people.
  • You might qualify for a financial weekly bursary up £50 per week.
  • Free full membership to the Quays during the course.

Progression Opportunity?

  • The Quays are low on swim teacher and are in need of recruitment! Level 2 Teachers start at £13.62 per hour.
  • NPLQ included to help make-up additional hours if wanting to make the role full-time
  • If you are already associated with a Swimming complex/organisation and want to complete your 100 hours there, then you can!
  • Alternatively to the above, the Quay are also looking to recruit some apprentices in either a Lifeguard role, Customer Service, Fitness or a combination of all 3!

To apply for this traineeship, please visit www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/traineeship/-244702

Daily Echo Job Fair

When: Tuesday 20th March 2018 10am-3pm

Where: Novotel Southampton


The event is free for jobseekers to attend and there will be a selection of free seminars as well as one-to-one advice clinics. Representatives from the National Careers Service (NCS) will be in attendance to offer advice to job seekers. The National Careers Service will be on hand to offer support with the CV clinics a chance to have a one-to-one with a skilled professionals offering advice on your CV.

There will also be three seminars:

  • “How to Write a Winning CV” at 10.30am and 1.30pm;
  • “Successful Job Seeking” at 11.30am
  • “Top Interview Techniques” at 12.30pm

Our Employment Support Team will also be exhibiting to share job vacancies with Southampton City Council and talk to people about TEEM, Solent Jobs Programme, STEP and our other Supported Employment Programmes.

You can keep up to date with the Job Fair here: http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/jobsfair2018/













Eastleigh College Parents’ Open Event

When: Tuesday 20th March 2018 4.30pm-7.30pm

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

Telephone: 023 8091 1299

Email: goplaces@eastleigh.ac.uk

Website: Eastleigh College

Bupa Academy – Movement to Work

When: Information Day: Wednesday 28th March, course starts Tuesday 3rd April

Where: Information Day: Southampton Jobcentre Plus, training takes place in central Southampton

Permanent job vacancies – part time and full time positions available!

Care Assistant/Activities Coordinator, Housekeeping Assistant/Food Services Assistant roles!

10-15 actual vacancies

Pay rates £7.50 p/h +, excellent training and benefits

Opportunities at Knights Grove, SO52 9EW, Maypole, SO30 4FS, Northlands, SO15 2LY, Oak Lodge, SO19 7NG, Wilton Manor, SO15 2HP

Fantastic benefits, training & career progression, free uniform, meals on shift and DBS paid by Bupa, based in 1 home, not home care!


  • Aged 18 +
  • Resident in UK/EU for over 3 years
  • Must have ID/RTW docs and able to pass full DBS check
  • A passion and enthusiasm for health & social care


Main course to start on Tuesday 3rd April 2018

  • 3 weeks in classroom training in central Southampton
  • Guaranteed interview for the role (2 week work placement for MTW age)


Information/Registration/Selection Day: Wednesday 28th March 2018, 11am– Southampton Jobcentre Plus

Alternatively to make a referral please email – victoria.loveless@capita.co.uk / or call 07753 440 684, please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions

Opportunity Meets Talent 2018

When: Thursday 26th April 2018 10am-3:30pm

Where: St. Mary’s Football Stadium, Southampton

Are you a student looking to get your foot on the career ladder?

This event is your chance to meet the region’s leading businesses, recruiters and educators to grab opportunities for future employment.

You will also have the chance to share CVs, hear about live job opportunities from employers, attend a number of “Insight Into” sessions to learn more about working within specific sectors and much more.

Please note pre-registration will close at 16:30 on 25th April 2018. If you haven’t registered by this time please come along on the day and register on the door.

Employers will be on hand showcasing their organisations and career opportunities directly to hundreds of talented students, who are seeking local employment.

Educators will be at this event assisting students with their career strengthening provision.

In addition get valuable advice on:

  • Getting your CV ready
  • Have your professional profile photo taken by Solent Creatives
  • Advice on cleaning up your social media
  • “Insight Into” sessions running throughout the day covering sectors: Health, Travel, Leisure, Tourism, Construction, Finance, Professional Services, Technology, Digital, Media and Public Services

Also features:

  • Viewings of St Marys pitch will be available
  • Cash refreshments available
  • 1:1 advice from employers
  • Roaming careers advisors will be on hand to help

Exhibiting employers already confirmed:

  • ABP Southampton
  • Brymor Construction Ltd
  • Carnival UK
  • Cobham plc
  • Eastleigh College
  • Hadland Care Group Ltd
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Lester Aldridge LLP
  • Lidl
  • Old Mutual Wealth
  • Ordnance Survey
  • Portsmouth College
  • Red Funnel
  • Royal Navy and Royal Marines Careers
  • Southampton City College
  • Southampton City Council
  • Southampton Hoteliers Association
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Southdowns College
  • Southern Co-op
  • Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

For more information or to book your place, please visit: www.businesssouth.org/events/opportunity-meets-talent-convention

Apollo Academy Open Day

When: Saturday 12th May 2018 1pm-6pm

Where: Unit 6, Fitzherbert Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, PO6 1RU






















National Citizen Service

When: 6 dates between June and August 2018

Where: Southampton


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

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


The programme runs over 4 weeks:

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

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

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

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

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

There are 4 ways to reserve your place:

  • Fill in the application form and return it in the pre paid envelope.  (these can be provided on request via ncs@youthoptions.co.uk)
  • Go online at www.NCSYES.co.uk and you’ll see a link to sign up for NCS.
  • Phone our office on 02380 770713 and sign up over the phone.

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

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

Summer 2018 Dates

  • Wave 1- Mon 25th June – Fri 20th July
  • Wave 2 –Mon 2nd July- Fri 27th July
  • Wave 3 –Mon 9th July – Fri 3rd August
  • Wave 4 – Mon 23rd July – Fri 17th August
  • Wave 5 – Mon 30thJuly –Fri 24th August*
  • Wave 6 – Mon 6th August – Fri 31st August**

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

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

CTP Employment Fair

When: Thursday 11th October 2018

Where: Southampton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Opportunities

TEEM Work ClubsTEEM Poster 2017

Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team runs several work clubs across Southampton every week as part of their TEEM Project (Training, Education, Employment, Motivation). The works clubs are open to Council Tenants and two of the work clubs (Central and Bitterne) are open to everyone. The work clubs are an opportunity to gain employment advice and support from the Employment Support Team’s dedicated employment officers. For more information contact Francesca on 023 8091 7585 or Francesca.prior@southampton.gov.uk

When: Every Week

Mondays – Bitterne Library, SO18 5EG, 10am-12pm

Mondays – Weston Community Library, 1pm-3pm

Tuesdays – Maybush Local Housing Office, 43-45 Irving Road, SO16 4EG, 10am-12pm

Wednesdays – Northam Community Centre, Kent Street, SO14 5SP, 10am-12pm

Wednesdays – Central Housing Office, 100F St Mary Street, SO14 7FL, 1pm-3pm

Thursdays – Central Library, SO14 7LR, 3pm-5pm








Westquay Jobs and Training Opportunities

When: Ongoing

Where: Westquay

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

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

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

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

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











Help Getting OnlineIT Map

When: All the time

Where: Across Southampton

With many services moving online including housing benefits, college and apprenticeship applications and even online shopping, it can be very daunting for people who don’t know how to use computers and IT systems. Southampton City Council have put together an interactive IT map which shows information about a wide range of IT facilities, training and free WiFi that is available in Southampton to help support people to get online. The map is designed to be used by advisers, family and friends or a user themselves to find the most appropriate IT training/facilities to suit them.

If you are aware of any other free training or online help we can add to the list, please contact tenant.involvement@southampton.gov.uk


Construction Work Experience on a major development site

When: Ongoing

Where: Major development sites within the Southampton city boundary

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals to gain experience of major development construction sites on a 2 week work placement in Southampton. Placements are agreed locally with the placement organisation and placements are a maximum of 30 hours per week.

Commitment to completing the work experience and an understanding of its value in gaining employment should be clearly demonstrated by the prospective participant. Clarity on which trade / profession within construction they would like work experience of is required.

To access this opportunity, you need to be:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Fit for manual work
  • Qualified to at least Level 1
  • Not currently in paid employment
  • A resident of Southampton
  • A holder of a current CSCS card or recent pass certificate (within 60 days)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please speak to your adviser or support worker. To make a referral or for more information, please contact Tim on 023 8083 3737 or email tim.naylor@southampton.gov.uk

Kiwi Employability Courses

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton











Kiwi Functional Skills and Level 1 Courses

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton




















Greenhouse Supported Volunteering OpporunitiesSupported Volunteering

When: All the time

Where: Citylife Volunteering venues across Southampton

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

  • Aldermoor Farm
  • 286 Events and Maintenance
  • Windows Café
  • Scratch Charity
  • Basics Bank
  • Woodworking and Gardening

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



Stepping StonesStepping Stones Welfare Reforms Support

When: Ongoing

Where: Wheatsheaf Trust

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

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

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







Vicky Country Park Heritage Youth GroupVicky Country Park Youth Group

When: Evenings, Weekends & After School

Where: Royal Victoria Country Park

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

  • Get involved and make a difference
  • Help run events
  • Design activities
  • Challenge yourself
  • Help bring local heritage and history alive

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

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

What is a Supported Internship?

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

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

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

What will I be doing as part of an Internship?

  • Developing skills valued by employers
  • Improving work skills through a work placement
  • Developing confidence at work
  • Building up experience for a CV
  • Completing a range of work ready qualifications
  • Getting personalised support from a Tutor and work coach while you learn
  • Improving English and maths skills

Who can do a supported internship?

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

Will I get paid?

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

How do I find out more?

Contact the admissions team at City College Southampton on:

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

DA Training and Consultancy Traineeships & Study Programme

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire























Make Our Rights Reality (MORR)MORR

When: Dates and Times are flexible

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

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

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

  • Know more about their rights
  • Know how to find information and support they need
  • Have learnt useful ways to minimise stress caused by everyday problems
  • Have the confidence and skills to challenge unfairness
  • Realise they have power to change situations

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

The MORR project is fun and FREE!!!

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

For more information please contact No Limits on 023 8022 4224


No Limits SEE for your Future

When: Every Thursday 2-4pm

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

The No Limits Work Club is a drop in work club for young people every Thursday.

It delivers practical support to all young people (16 to 25 years old) wanting to get into full time and part time work, apprenticeships, training or voluntary work. For more information, please visit nolimitshelp.org.uk/get-help/work-club



Youth Forum Champions

Youth Forum Champions Opportunity

Southampton City Council are currently recruiting for Youth Forum Champions!

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

Young people can become a member if:

  • They live in Southampton
  • Go to school or college in Southampton
  • Are in training in Southampton
  • Work in Southampton

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

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

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

My Journey to Employment

Information on Travel in the Southampton Travel to Work area















deafPlus Employment Training and Volunteering Programme

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire




















Weston Homework ClubHomework Club

When: Every Wednesday 3.30pm-5pm

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

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




Out of Area Support

Do you need support finding work but live outside of Southampton? Check out these job clubs and support services from elsewhere in Hampshire

Totton College Job Club

When: Every Wednesday 1pm-4.30pm

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

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



RCS Job Clubs

When: Various times and days in the week

Where: Basingstoke and Andover

Get free one to one help to find work at one of four RCS Job Clubs

Tuesday: Basingstoke Discovery Centre 9.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday: Longmeadow Centre, Andover 10am-2pm

Wednesday: Basingstoke Discovery Centre 9.30am-3pm

Thursday: Oakridge Hall for All, Basingstoke 9.30am-12.30pm










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