Welcome to the Access Southampton Events & Opportunities Calendar

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

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Level 1 Award in Retail

When: Closing date Wednesday 16th January – main course Monday 21st January – Friday 25th January 2019 9am-5pm

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

This course is designed to offer individuals the opportunity to access a short course to support them in their journey back to employment or develop those in retail or with an interest in Retail, even if currently working.

The course covers a range of employability and work skills topics for Retail, Including Customer service,  Business, Health and safety , selling, replenishment and team work

The course aims to build confidence in the workplace and personal development skills. Successful completion of the course guarantees individuals an interview for a permanent role at a variety of Lidl Retail stores across the town.

Guaranteed Interview at Lidl, should the applicant want one.

Please visit https://www.southampton-city.ac.uk/courses/retail-p0581819-b0058/ to apply for this course.

Prince’s Trust Team Programme

When: Starting on 21st January 2019

Where: Southampton

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 or employment. The course is designed to help these young adults gain key skills needed to get back into a positive outcome.

The key weeks of the programme are

  • Residential in the new forest – Team building
  • 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 from the local fire station such as road traffic collision, fire safety and first aid.

The course start’s on the 21st January 2019 and we are actively recruiting in your local area.

If you know anyone who will benefit from a free course like this one then please let us know and we can arrange to met up and discuss the programme with the young person.

Please get in contact on: Paula – 07918 887865 Main recruitment number: 07918887897

Or via email : paula.hankin@hantsfire.gov.uk

National Caree Service Executive Workshop

When: Monday 21st January 2019 10am-3:30pm

Where: Discovery Centre, Winchester

Our Executive Workshops are run on a regular basis across the region and cover …

  • Skills Analysis and Transfer
  • Labour Market Information
  • CV hints and tips
  • Job seeking
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Interview skills

This day long workshop is open to management level clients as well as graduates or those looking to upskill.


To book please call 01329 559169

National Careers Service is a FREE service for adults 19+(18 if on benefits) for information, advice and guidance relating to work or learning. If you would like to book an appointment, please call the above number.

Get Started with Football

When: Taster Day Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Where: Goals Millbrook

If you are aged 16-25 living in Southampton or the surrounding areas and into ‘Football’ but out of work then Get Started with us and achieve your goals.

Join our FREE football programme running: Monday 28th January 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019 where you can:

  • Learn coaching skills from Southampton Football Club professional coaches
  • Gain a FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football, FA First Aid, and FA Safe Guarding
  • Meet new people, build confidence, and improve your communication and teamwork skills
  • Get three months support after the programme to help you into further education, training or employment

Travel costs reimbursed and lunch provided for the duration of the programme:

Taster day: Wednesday 23rd January 2019 (Goals, Millbrook)

Programme: Monday 28th January 2019 – Friday 8th February 2019 (Goals, Millbrook)

Interested? Phone: 0800 842842 or text “Football Saints” to 07943511218, alternatively you can email joseph.harket-burgess@princes-trust.org.uk 

Southampton Careers Fair

When: Friday 25th January 2019 10am-2pm

Where: Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton, SO14 1NF


New Forest National Park Volunteer Fair

When: Sunday 27th January 2019 10:30am-4pm

Where: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Off High Street, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7NY

Make a change and volunteer for wildlife projects, heritage surveys, ranger services and outdoor activities within the stunning landscapes of the New Forest National Park.

People looking for new challenges and new friends are invited to the annual New Forest Volunteer Fair.

Organised by the New Forest National Park Authority, the fair showcases a variety of stands and talks from local volunteer organisations on projects running in 2019.

Come to the fair to meet over 40 different organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Hampshire Ornithological Society, The National Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and more!

Throughout the day there are also several free and fascinating short talks from local volunteer leaders.

More information: https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/event/new-forest-national-park-volunteer-fair-2019/

Employability Course

When: Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th January 2019 10am-3pm

Where: Seminar Room, Central Library, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7LW

The course is free for anyone aged 19+ and living in or around Southampton. Over the 3 days, the course will aim to:

  • Improve learners’ confidence and motivation
  • Support learners with CV writing
  • Teach job application tips and tricks
  • Develop interview techniques
  • Help learners plan their move into paid work

To refer to this course, please contact daniel.stickland@southampton.gov.uk or call 07811 165534.

Get Into Retail with the Prince’s Trust and Marks and Spencer

When: Information Day Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th January 2019

Where: Southampton or Hedge End

The Prince’s Trust, and Marks and Spencer’s are pleased to offer a free four-week retail training course, running 11th February 2019- 9th March 2019, open to young people across Southampton and the close surrounding areas.

If you are 16-25 not currently in education, training or employment but interested in a career in retail, join our free training programme where you can:

  • Get the chance to learn about Customer Service and the various roles at Marks & Spencer as well as receive on-the-job training at an M&S store (West Quay or Hedge End)
  • Get regular feedback and guidance via a dedicated buddy
  • get the chance to secure guaranteed interviews for positions at M&S upon completion of the course
  • Improve your teamwork and communication skills as well boost your confidence, interview skills and your C.V at the same time
  • The course also includes the chance to access up to 6 months support after the programme to help you find a job.


To be eligible for the programme you need to attend an info day on either Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th January and a taster day on Monday 3rd February.

We reimburse transport costs for the info/taster days & for the duration of the programme.

This programme will run from 11th February – 9th March.

To register your interest or for more information please call 0800 842842 or txt ‘Retail”’ to 07943511218 alternatively email joseph.harket-burgess@princes-trust.org.uk

SAFE Choices Course

When: Starts Tuesday 29th January 2019

Where: Thornhill Baptist Church, Thornhill Park Road, Southampton, SO18 5TR

Tuesday 29th January – Wednesday 27th February 2019

Every Tuesday and Wednesday for 5 weeks


This course is designed for those who are stuck and struggling with a range of barriers, such as: physical and mental health barriers, social barriers, and living in an area of multiple deprivation.

Choices for Change will help them progress towards work, training or community involvement.

The course will improve confidence, self-esteem and motivation and help those who want to change their situation and progress in their lives.

The course will enable them to identify their skills and strengths, along with a healthy way of thinking about themselves and their situation so that their motivation increases. It is an informal, interactive course.

Ongoing support is available post course to help beneficiaries achieve their goals.

Travel expenses are reimbursed.

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Contact Michelle.Hammerton@safe.org.uk to refer to this course.

National Caree Service Executive Workshop

When: Tuesday 29th January 2019 10am-3:30pm

Where: Education Development Trust Offices, Whiteley

Our Executive Workshops are run on a regular basis across the region and cover …

  • Skills Analysis and Transfer
  • Labour Market Information
  • CV hints and tips
  • Job seeking
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Interview skills

This day long workshop is open to management level clients as well as graduates or those looking to upskill.

To book please call 01329 559169

National Careers Service is a FREE service for adults 19+(18 if on benefits) for information, advice and guidance relating to work or learning. If you would like to book an appointment, please call the above number.

IBM Ignite

When: Starts Monday 4th February 2019

Where: IBM Hursley

What is Ignite?

Ignite is a 4 week work placement programme based at IBM that enables young people the opportunity to work in a professional environment.

Is it just about working in IT?

No, the opportunity is not just for those interested in IT. Placements will be available in cross-functional departments such as facilities, business admin and operations, media, HR, marketing/events, and recruitment.

Who is it for?

Young people (16-24 years old) not in employment, training and education. and are looking to gain valuable work experience they can add to their CV.

How long will it be?

The programme length is 5 days a week for 4 weeks, travel to and from IBM will be provided at a designated pick up point.

Want to find out more?

Young people and people who support young people are invited to an information session about the programme, please let us know if you want to attend.

On Wednesday 23rd January at 1pm, Location: Wheatsheaf Trust, Empress Heights, College Street, Southampton SO14 3LA.

For more information about the programme, see the Wheatsheaf Trust YouTube channel:


How can I refer someone?

To refer a young person please complete the IBM Ignite – Referral Form and return to emma@wheatsheaftrust.org by Friday 25th January 2019.

What happens next?

Once we have a referral form we will be in touch to invite candidates in for a meeting to get started with the application process.

What is the assessment day?

Every candidate will attend the assessment day at IBM where there will be an informal interview and participate in group activities. Candidates will then be contacted the following day. This will be on the morning of Thursday 31st January 2019.


  • Information Session: Wednesday 23rd January 2019.
  • Last date for Referrals: Friday 25th January 2019.  
  • Assessment day:  Thursday 31st January 2019.  
  • Start date: Monday 4th February 2019.  


For further information please call or e-mail: 

Emma Sampson, Adviser: emma@wheatsheaftrust.org  Telephone: 02380 237 662 / 07817 971402

Alison Derman, Project Manager: alison@wheatsheaftrust.org Telephone: 02380 237 662 / 07817 965824

SETA Open Evening

When: Monday 11th February 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm

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























Saints Works Programme

When: Starts Monday 11th February 2019

Where: Southampton Football Club, Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP

Referral form: https://southamptonfc.com/saints-foundation/employability-and-learning-referral





















Get Into BAE Systems

When: Taster day Wednesday 20th February 2019

Where: BAE Systems, Portsmouth

Are you 18 – 25, currently not in employment, education or training and live in Portsmouth or the surrounding areas?

The Prince’s Trust and BAE Systems are running a four-week programme for young people who are interested in an opportunity to work in a range of areas which support the maintenance and upkeep of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet.

What is in it for me?

  • Learn practical, administration and work skills in an engineering environment
  • Gain an understanding and experience of how BAE Systems runs its business in Portsmouth
  • Improve your teamwork/communication skills and your ability to work on your own initiative
  • Boost your self-confidence, improve your CV and interview skills
  • 2 week work placement inside Portsmouth Dockyard in either a practical or an admin role
  • Receive six months’ ongoing support after the programme to help you find a job

Interested?  A Taster Day will be held on Wednesday 20th February 2018 and the four-week programme will run from 4th March – 29th March

Please note that photo ID is required and security checks will take place prior to you starting the programme.

To find out more, register your interest and arrange an informal chat with somebody from The Prince’s Trust please contact: Joe on 07943 511 218 or email: Joseph.Harket-Burgess@princes-trust.org.uk

City College Open Evening

When: Thursday 7th March 2019 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: City College, Chapel Road, Southampton SO14 5GL












Ongoing Opportunities

TEEM Work ClubsTEEM Poster 2017

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

When: Every Week

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

Mondays – Weston Community Library, 1pm-3pm

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

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

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

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








Self-Employment Support

Who is the Self-Employment Project for?

People aged 18 and over

You might have an idea for a business, be in the process of getting started, or you may want support with your existing business

People living in Southampton Council Housing

Must live under the Southampton City Council Boundaries

What can the project offer?

IAG to help you start your own business

Advice on how to access funding and training

One-to-one support

Access to Work Clubs around the city

Signposting and referral to any other appropriate provison

How can I refer?

To make a referral, you can either drop in to a work club or download a referral form and send it to Francesca Prior, Senior Employment Officer: francesca.prior@southampton.gov.uk

What happens next?

You will be allocated to one of 3 employment officers working on TEEM

You will be directly contacted to arrange an initial meeting

What happens in the first meeting?

Your employment officer will complete the initial paperwork with you including an assessment form and a consent form

You will work with your employment officer to create an action plan and set goals that you want to achieve

Your employment officer will discuss the support that is available and encourage you to explore different opportunities that are available

British Heart Foundation Traineeship Opportunities

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire




























Tai Chi / Walking Groups

When: Ongoing

Where: Wheatsheaf Trust / Southampton City Centre






















Westquay Jobs and Training Opportunities

When: Ongoing

Where: Westquay

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

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

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

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

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











Help Getting OnlineIT Map

When: All the time

Where: Across Southampton

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

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


Construction Work Experience on a major development site

When: Ongoing

Where: Major development sites within the Southampton city boundary

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

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

To access this opportunity, you need to be:

Aged 18 and over

Fit for manual work

Qualified to at least Level 1

Not currently in paid employment

A resident of Southampton

A holder of a current CSCS card or recent pass certificate (within 60 days)

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

Saints Street FC

When: Every Tuesday 1pm-3pm

Where: Goals Soccer Centre, Millbrook, SO15 0JZ

Are you aged 16-25 and not in education, employment or training?

Join Saints Street FC for free Street Football sessions. There will be training, matches, tournaments and employability support.

Street Football is a fast paced four-a-side version of the 11-a-side game. Street Football is easy to learn for players with different amounts of football experience. It’s also exciting to watch and play, with rules favouring the attacking team.

For more information and to sign up, please call 07388 949398 or email dwarnes@saintsfc.co.uk




















Youth Options Individualised Support

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton

Youth Options offer individualised key worker support for youth people who need assistance returning to employment, education or training.

They will give one to one support to identify a young person’s needs and design a personalised plan to develop areas such as social and emotional development, skills and qualifications and improve aspirations by sign posting, activity days and group activities.

They can offer support through home visits or by meeting in the community as an individual requires.

For more information, or to refer, please contact sharynpeters@youthoptions.co.uk or call 07917 343846






































Skills2Achieve 19+ Functional Skills

When: Starts September 2018

Where: Southampton























Totton College Short Courses

When: Ongoing

Where: Totton College





































Kiwi Employability Courses

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton











Kiwi Functional Skills and Level 1 Courses

When: Ongoing

Where: Southampton




















Job Club and Tea and Tech

When: Tuesdays 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Townhill Park Community Centre, Meggeson Avenue, SO18 2FH





















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

What is a Supported Internship?

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

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

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

What will I be doing as part of an Internship?

Developing skills valued by employers

Improving work skills through a work placement

Developing confidence at work

Building up experience for a CV

Completing a range of work ready qualifications

Getting personalised support from a Tutor and work coach while you learn

Improving English and maths skills

Who can do a supported internship?

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

Will I get paid?

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

How do I find out more?

Contact the admissions team at City College Southampton on:

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

Learning and Skills Solutions

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire

Learners can sign up every week and the duration varies, the shortest courses are 3 weeks long, the longest 3 months.

ESOL – 5 levels, intensive 4 week course or once a week 2-3 months

Functional Skills English and Maths 3-15 weeks depending on an initial level

CSCS card with Health & Safety Level 1 – 3 weeks

Contact izabela@learningandskillssolutions.com or call 07786 042128 for more information


DA Training and Consultancy Traineeships & Study Programme

When: Ongoing

Where: Hampshire























Make Our Rights Reality (MORR)MORR

When: Dates and Times are flexible

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

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

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

Know more about their rights

Know how to find information and support they need

Have learnt useful ways to minimise stress caused by everyday problems

Have the confidence and skills to challenge unfairness

Realise they have power to change situations

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

The MORR project is fun and FREE!!!

For more information please contact No Limits on 023 8022 4224


No Limits SEE for your Future

When: Every Thursday 2-4pm

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

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

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



Youth Forum Champions

Youth Forum Champions Opportunity

Southampton City Council are currently recruiting for Youth Forum Champions!

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

Young people can become a member if:

They live in Southampton

Go to school or college in Southampton

Are in training in Southampton

Work in Southampton

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

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

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

Out of Area Support

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

RCS Job Clubs

When: Various times and days in the week

Where: Basingstoke and Andover

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

Tuesday: Basingstoke Discovery Centre 9.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday: Longmeadow Centre, Andover 10am-2pm

Wednesday: Basingstoke Discovery Centre 9.30am-3pm

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










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