Careers events take place across Southampton all the time. Here are just a few of the upcoming events in Southampton that can help kickstart your career. Please contact us if you want to advertise your careers event.

Fareham College Open Evening

When: Friday 28th April 2017 5pm-8pm

Where: Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1NH

Saints vs. Stigma Football FestivalSaints vs Stigma

When: Friday 28th April – Sunday 30th April 2017 (see poster for times)

Where: Guildhall Square Southampton

Southampton’s iconic Guildhall Square will be transformed into a five-a-side football arena next weekend for a landmark event to raise awareness of mental health and encourage people to join the city-wide movement against stigma.

The Saints Foundation is teaming up with Southampton City Council and local mental health support organisations to host the event.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem this year. Yet many suffer in silence through fear of stigma. This can result in an individual not seeking help before reaching crisis point.

That’s why Southampton is standing united against mental health stigma, using football to raise the topic locally and encouraging people to speak up about mental health and speak out against stigma.

Teams representing the city’s young people, adults and senior residents will compete alongside special guest teams from Arsenal, Norwich, Brighton and Belgian club Gent.

There will be a host of activities taking place for spectators to get involved with whilst they watch the action:

Saints Schools Anti-Stigma Cup Friday 28 April / 12:00 to 19:00

  • Nine local schools will be competing as part of the Kicks for Youth inclusion project
  • Activities will be delivered by local service providers, charities and other organisations for young people to learn more about mental health

Saints Street Football Exhibition Saturday 29 April / 10:00 – 14:30

  • Special guest teams will travel from Gent, Arsenal, Brighton and Norwich to take part in a street football exhibition with two teams from Southampton FC.
  • Southampton Ukulele Jam will play live at 12:15
  • Activities to raise awareness of mental health will be delivered by local providers and charities and community organisation
  • We will have a stall showcasing our employment support services and various projects. Come and say hello and find out how we can support you.

Senior Saints Shield Sunday 30 April / 11:00 – 14:30

  • Six local walking football teams will compete to showcase the benefits of the sport on physical and mental health
  • Activities to raise awareness of mental health will be delivered by local providers and charities and community organisation

Find out more about the event by clicking here.

Barton Peveril College Open Evening

When: Thursday 4th May 2017 5.30pm-8.30pm

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

Brockenhurst College Open Evening

When: Thursday 4th May 2017 4pm-8pm

Where:  Lyndhurst Road, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7ZE

Saints4Sport FA Level 1 Football Coaching Course

When: Starting Monday 8th May 2017

Where: Goals Soccer Centre, Millbrook Point Road, Southampton, SO15 0JZ

Saints4Sport are running another FA Level 1 football coaching course from the week beginning 8th May 2017. The course will run all week at Goals Soccer Centre in Millbrook, however transport will be provided daily from Southampton city centre if required.

The course enables participants to gain qualifications in Level 1 football coaching, FA first aid and FA children’s safeguarding. The practical element of the course will run Monday to Friday and the safeguarding and first aid element will take place a week later at St. Mary’s Stadium.

There are written elements to the course so if a participant needs extra support then this can be arranged. Lunch is provided for the week.

The criteria for Saints4Sport are as follows:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Current or previous issues with drugs or alcohol
  • Homeless or at risk of being homeless
  • Mental Health issues
  • Previously or currently involved in the criminal justice system.

There are limited spaces so if you or someone you know is interested and can commit to the full week, please contact Lisa on 07975 797171


QuickStart Employment Support Services Brockenhurst College ITQ Level 1 Course

When: Monday 8th May 2017 – Monday 31st July 2017

Where: Unit 32, Basepoint Enterprise Centre Andersons Rd, Southampton SO14 5FE

Word Processing and File Management – Create and manage files and folders; use word processing software to enter text, numbers and symbols; format basic paragraph and document properties.

Spreadsheets – Enter and edit data accurately; insert, replicate and format arithmetical formulae; use common numerical formatting and alignment; manage and print spreadsheet and chart documents; produce pie charts, bar charts, line/column charts.

Presentations – Set up a consistent slide layout; select fonts and enter text; import and insert images; use drawing tools; format slides and presentation; re-order slides and produce printed handouts; manage and print presentation slides.

Email and Internet – Identify and use email and browsing software; navigate the internet; use search techniques; transmit and receive email messages and attachments.


  • Must be aged 19+
  • Must be unemployed and claiming benefits (JSA / ESA / UC / IS)
  • Must have ID
  • Must complete a literacy and numeracy test

To book a place please call: 023 8068 2571 or email


Itchen Sixth Form College Open Evening

When: Tuesday 9th May 2017 5pm-8pm

Where:  Middle Road, Bitterne, Southampton, Hampshire, SO19 7TB

Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Programme

When: Starting Monday 22nd May 2017

Where: Prince’s Trust Solent Centre, 61-64 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2NS

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

Book induction place’s now for the next  Fairbridge Programme at the Solent Centre, Southampton intake starting 22nd May 2017

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

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

  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Budgeting and employability sessions
  • Bush craft and outdoor cooking sessions
  • Conservation and community projects
  • 1:1 SUPPORT – Throughout the programme Young People will be supported by a dedicated worker who will help them set goals and work with them to develop the skills to help them move towards a positive outcome
  • IN ADDITION – Young People will have the opportunity to build their skills base, developing their numeracy and literacy with the support of specialist staff
  • MOVING ON – When the time is right for the young people to leave the programme they are supported into positive outcomes and will received 3 months of follow up support from their dedicated worker


Contact Paul on 02380 206985 or email  to hear more about the programme and book an induction. The next course starts 22nd May 2017.

MPCT Information & Community Awareness Meeting MPCT

When: Wednesday 24th May 2017 6pm-7pm

Where: MPC Southampton, Chamberlayne College for the Arts, Tickleford Drive, Weston, Southampton, SO19 9QP

MPCT are a Grade 1 OFSTED training provider most famous for our military preparation course. We will be holding an information evening on Wednesday 24th May 2017 between 18:00 – 19:00 hours at our Southampton college. We welcome anyone to attend the event however we would love to see young people and parents/guardians from year 11 and in particular those who have a desire to join the military once they have finished school.

This is an excellent opportunity for young people, parents/guardians and anyone else within our community to find out more about our course.

Teenage MarketSouthampton Teenage Market

When: Saturday 27th May 2017 9am-5pm

Where: Focal Space – Westquay Shopping Centre, Harbour Parade, Southampton, S015 1QF

The Teenage Market is coming to Westquay in Southampton on Saturday 27th May. The Teenage Market provides young people with a free stall to sell their products and goods (arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery etc.).

16 stalls are available for free to those aged 13 – 25. Preference will be given to those living within Southampton. We welcome applications from groups, colleges and schools as well as individuals.

Find out more about the Teenage Market by watching this short film from the Leeds Teenage Market

If you are interested in trading at the event, you will need to apply online:

Volunteer Fair

When: Tuesday 30th May 2017 12pm-3pm

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





























National Citizen Service NCS

When: Summer 2017

Where: Southampton

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

NCS is a national, government-funded programme which is open to every 15 – 17 year old in England. NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which builds skills and confidence whilst helping young people get ahead. NCS will improve a young person’s CV by giving them important skills for work and life that are hard to teach in the classroom alone. The programme will help young people contribute to their local community, develop their social skills and meet new people from different backgrounds.


The programme runs in the summer holidays over 4 weeks:

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

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

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

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

There is a small cost to the programme of £50, which covers all food, accommodation, transport and all activities for the first two residential weeks. The second two are based in central Southampton where young people commute in daily.

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

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

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

City College Southampton Open Day

When: Saturday 10th June 2017 9.30am – 1pm

Where: St Mary Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 1AR

Totton College Open Day

When: Saturday 10th June 2017 11.30am-2.30pm

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

QuickStart Employment Support Services Brockenhurst College Basic IT Course

When: Monday 12th June 2017 – Wednesday 14th June 2017

Where: Unit 32, Basepoint Enterprise Centre Andersons Rd, Southampton SO14 5FE

Word Processing- being able to produce a simple document and use the basic functions.

Internet – Using the internet to search for Jobs, registering with job search websites.

Email – Using email, being able to send and receive and email, attach a file to an email.


  • Must be aged 19+
  • Must be unemployed and claiming benefits (JSA / ESA / UC / IS)
  • Must have ID
  • Must complete a literacy and numeracy test

To book a place please call: 023 8068 2571 or email


Eastleigh College Open Evening

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

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

Smart Futures

When: Summer intake starts 7th August 2017

Where: Southampton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Work Clubs 2017TEEM Work Clubs

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

When: Every Week

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

Mondays – Weston Community Library, 1pm-3pm

Tuesdays – Warren Centre, Warren Crescent, SO16 6AY, 1pm-3pm

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

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




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 or visit their drop in session every Tuesday 10am-12pm (term time) at 286 Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 3BE




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

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:

No Limits Work ClubNo Limits Work Club

When: Every Wednesday 2-4pm

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

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

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


Basic Forklift Training

When: Starting March 2017 and running throughout 2017

Where: Eastleigh

This 9 day course is split into 2 sections, the first 4 days will be spend completing employability skills to help put you in the best position possible for work. You will also complete training in manual handling and health and safety so you have the knowledge needed in the workplace to keep yourself and other safe. You will then go on to complete 5 days of forklift training on a counterbalance truck once you have completed your training and passed the assessments we will apply and pay for you forklift licence for you.

Candidates must be:

  • 25 or over
  • Unemployed
  • Must have ID
  • Forklift experience is NOT necessary
  • Candidates must be motivated to find work needing a forklift licence
  • Must complete a literacy and numeracy test

Course Content:

  • Forklift operatives training – Counterbalance
  • Health and Safety In the Workplace
  • Manual Handling
  • Employability Skills

Individual support with:

  •  Job search & applications
  • CV writing
  • Interview preparation and practice

To make a referral to this course, please contact Brockenhurst College’s Quickstart Centre on: Tel: 02380 682571         Email:

Please note places are limited

Youth Forum ChampionsYouth 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 or sign up directly via this link:

Westquay Jobs and Training Opportunities

When: Ongoing

Where: Westquay

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

The extension at Westquay will be an exciting place to work with a state of the art cinema, top leisure and catering brands and new public space with year round entertainment.  There will be a range of job opportunities available in sales, customer service and management.

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

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

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

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


Totton College Job ClubTotton College Job Club

When: Every Wednesday 1pm-4.30pm

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

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



Weston Homework ClubHomework Club

When: Every Wednesday 3.30pm-5pm

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

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




 Android TrainingAndroid Training for Beginners

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

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

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

To book a place please contact 023 8083 2162

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

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

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

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


iPad TrainingiPad Training for Beginners

A great introduction to iPads for new owners or those thinking of buying one. Equally suitable for those who own an iPad but would like to get more out of it.

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

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

To book a place please contact 023 8083 2162

* Thursday 27 April 2017 in Woolston Library @ 10.30am *

* Thursday 25 May 2017 in Portswood Library @ 10.30am *

* Friday 9 June 2017 in Central Library @ 10.30am *



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