Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team has been supporting clients and employers in Southampton since 1990. We work with adults and young people, supporting them to find and retain suitable paid or voluntary employment and/or training.

If you need help finding your next job, contact us today!

Who do we work with?

Click the links to find out more about the projects we run in Southampton

Council TenantsYoung People aged 16-25
Neurodivergent IndividualsParents & Families
People with learning disabilitiesPeople accessing community mental health teams
Adult LearnersPeople accessing drug and alcohol services

Check out our videos sharing client stories and showcasing the work we do in Southampton

In this video, Jay shares how his Employment Support team worker, Paul, helped to get him back in to long-term work.

In this video, Jake tells us how Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team helped him to secure a successful career.

T.E.E.M (Training, Education, Employment & Motivation)

Who is TEEM for?

  • 16 – 70 years old
  • People who are currently unemployed or at risk of becoming unemployed
  • People living in Southampton Council Housing
  • Must live under the Southampton City Council Boundaries

What can TEEM offer?

  • Works with people on anything employability focused including CV writing, supported job search, interview preparation and more.
  • One-to-one support
  • Access to Work Clubs around the city
  • Signposting and referral to any other appropriate provision

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:

What happens next?

  • You will be allocated to an Employment Officer working on TEEM
  • You will be directly contacted to arrange an initial meeting
  • Support will stop if people do not engage with the support offered

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

Where do the Work Clubs take place?

  • Bitterne Library – Every Monday 10am-12pm
  • Weston Community Library – Every Monday 1pm-3pm
  • Northam Community Centre – Every Wednesday 10am-12pm
  • Shirley Baptist Church – Every Thursday 10am-12pm
  • Central Library – Every Thursday 3pm-5pm

Visit our Work Clubs page for more information

Young Adults Employment Hub

Southampton City Council are working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and No Limits to support the city’s young people into training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities with the new Young Adults Employment Hub. 

We are able to signpost to advice and support around housing, benefits, health and wellbeing to provide a holistic and person-centred service for young people. The Young Adults Employment Hub utilises a wealth of virtual tools including web chat, video conferencing, online resources and podcasts so we can still work with people during the pandemic. 

If you’re aged 16-25 and live in or around Southampton, you can get support from us to find employment. To get support from a dedicated Young Adults Employment Hub Worker:

  • Speak to your Work Coach or leave a note in your Universal Credit Journal
  • Email us or call us on 023 8091 7585
  • Complete a self-referral form and email it back to us

Solent Get Into Employment

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund

Solent Get Into Employment will provide tailored, flexible 1:1 support to Neurodivergent people, including those who have Learning Disabilities and Autism to gain and retain employment.

Southampton City Council, Employment Support Team are working in partnership with Princes Trust and Autism Hampshire to support individuals on Solent Get Into Employment.

What support does the Employment Support Team offer?

  • One to one support to gain and retain employment 
  • Confidence building
  • Employability Skills
  • Work based training
  • Preparation for work
  • CV writing
  • Support with interviews
  • On job support
  • Ongoing support to sustain employment
  • Building on your personal strengths and talents
  • Working in partnership with employers  

What support does the Prince’s Trust offer?

The Prince’s Trust works with 13-30 year olds, enhancing their opportunities and aspirations. We can support young people to develop their confidence, motivation and employability skills. As a part of the Solent Get into Employment project, The Trust will deliver its high quality Explore, Get Started and Get into programmes across the Solent and a wide range of sectors.

What support does Autism Hampshire offer?

Autism Hampshire will be delivering free training and consultancy sessions to employers across Hampshire. The aim is to increase employers understanding of autism in the workplace and support the recruitment and retention of autistic talent. If you are an employer and want to find out more and register your interest, please visit Autism Hampshire’s website

Who can be referred?

  • Individuals who live in Southampton and are currently unemployed and looking for employment.
  • Neurodivergent individuals, including those with Learning Disabilities and Autism.   
  • What is Neurodiversity? – Genius Within

How to refer

To make a referral, please download and return a Referral Form

For further information contact Mandy Burdfield – 07855788139 

PATH (PerinAtal menTal Health)

Becoming a new parent should be an exciting event but for up to one in five women this isn’t the case. Perinatal mental illnesses (PMI) such as postnatal depression are not always recognised and cost society approximately £64,000 per mother and child.

PATH (PerinAtal menTal Health) is an EU-funded project which will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate perinatal mental health issues.

The PATH online hub has a wealth of information, toolkits and resources for parents, families, employers and healthcare professionals who might be impacted by perinatal mental health issues.

In Southampton, the Employment Support Team is working with people affected by Perinatal Mental Health and supporting them into education, employment and training. Support we offer includes:

  • Listening to aspirations and fears
  • Supporting to achieve goals and overcome barriers
  • Identifying work that fits around childcare
  • Information on pregnancy and maternity rights
  • Job searching, application forms, CVs and cover letters
  • Interview techniques
  • Identifying relevant training, voluntary work or work placements
  • Support with talking to employers about aids, adaptations and support
  • Helping to identify pregnant women’s wishes whilst on maternity leave/ shared leave, new Dads when on paternity leave and communicating these to employers
  • Support with the transition back to work after maternity leave/ shared leave
  • In-work and job retention support if difficulties arise with an employer as a result of pregnancy, maternity leave/ shared leave or returning to work

To refer someone please complete a Referral Form and return it to

For more information about PATH, please visit

Learning Disability Employment Service

The Learning Disability Employment Service is for adults with learning disabilities who want to explore paid employment, further education and voluntary work.

We also support individuals to increase their independence skills, including travelling independently and community or leisure access.

Age criteria: 16+

Eligibility Criteria: Receiving support from Southampton City Council’s Learning Disability Team

Referral via: Email

Depending on the needs of the individual, the Life Skills team offer tailored support to:

  • Increase confidence and independence
  • Access training and education
  • Set up work experience or employment opportunities
  • Create CVs
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Offer support in the workplace
  • Travel training
  • Safety Awareness
  • Money and budgeting skills

Community Learning

We deliver fully funded courses for adult learners in the city aged 19 and over. From September 2021, we will be delivering the following courses:

  • Employability Training
  • Introduction to IT for Jobseekers
  • ESOL Employability
  • Exploring Confidence and Personal Development
  • Preparing for Working Life
  • Sector-specific Employability Workshops

To see upcoming courses and dates, please visit our Eventbrite page

Our courses are funded by Southampton City Council’s Adult Learning team. Find out more

Integrated Mental Health Employment Service

The Integrated Mental Health Employment Service (IMHES) is delivered within Southampton’s Community Mental Health Teams. Our aim is to engage with people with mental health issues earlier to help them to find employment or training and to help them to retain employment.

What does IMHES offer?

  • Employment based information, advice and guidance
  • An individualised employment action plan to help find and retain employment
  • Individual interventions based on identified goals
  • On-going support for both the employee and the employer

Who can be referred?

Anyone currently receiving a service from Southampton Community Mental Health Teams including:

  • Individuals who are unemployed and looking for employment
  • Individuals who are signed off of work, or at risk of being signed off
  • Individuals who are engaged in any form of employment who would benefit from this intervention 

For further information or an informal discussion please contact the Employment Officer based within your local Community Mental Health Team or contact Emma Dalwood at

Employment Support for Drug & Alcohol Services (ESDAS)

Employment Support for Drug & Alcohol Services (ESDAS) is delivered within Southampton’s drug and alcohol services. Our aim is to engage with people with substance misuse issues to help them to find employment or training and to help them to retain employment.

What does ESDAS offer?

  • Employment based information, advice and guidance
  • An individualised employment action plan to help find and retain employment
  • Individual interventions based on identified goals
  • On-going support for both the employee and the employer

Who can be referred?

Anyone currently receiving a service from Southampton’s drug and alcohol services including:

  • Individuals who are unemployed and looking for employment
  • Individuals who are signed off of work, or at risk of being signed off
  • Individuals who are engaged in any form of employment who would benefit from this intervention 

For further information or an informal discussion please contact the Employment Officer based within your local drug and alcohol services or contact Emma Dalwood at

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Support for the Armed Forces Community

As a Council, we recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces Community, and the unique skills and attributes they bring to our workplace. We are committed to ensuring better access to employment opportunities, support, mentoring and work placements for transitioning personnel, reservists, veterans and spouses/civil partners of those serving personnel and veterans.

Find out about the employment support and advice available in Southampton on Southampton City Council’s website

Royal British Legion – offers an employment support service to help serving and ex-serving personnel and their families prepare for employment as the transition into civilian life

The Veterans’ Gateway App – helps veterans find support organisations in their area using their smartphone or tablet based on their location.

The Poppy Factory – works year round to support veterans into jobs. From giving advice to ex-service men and women, to supporting businesses

Forces Connect South East App – is designed to link users to organisations offering help and support across a wide range of services, including employment

Southampton City Council Employment Support Team – call us on 023 8091 7585 or email to find out how we can support you with getting a job or accessing training

Solent Armed Forces Covenant Partnership – Work Experience / Short Term Placements – Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils provide work experience and short term placements to the Armed Forces Community

Lifeworks – is a fully funded support service to help veterans looking to either move in sustainable employment, training or education; or advice & guidance on how to help land that dream role

Jobs Bulletin

We produce a fortnightly Jobs Bulletin that shows and overview of the latest Employment, Training and Voluntary opportunities currently available in Southampton.

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We encourage, empower and invest in our staff whilst supporting them to make a difference, valuing their skills and helping them achieve their full potential. We are strongly committed to promoting equal opportunities.

A career with Southampton City Council will be rewarding and built on your particular strengths. If you are the kind of person who enjoys making a difference to people’s lives, take a look at our vacancies and see where your career at the council will take you.

Job Search Websites and Support

Indeed – is the number 1 job site worldwide, so a lot of employers will post their vacancies here

DirectGov – is the official jobcentre job search site

Reed – is the number 1 job site in the UK

Total Jobs – has at least 110,000 live jobs at any one time

CV-Library – is the UK’s leading independent job site.

Jobsite – is a site that matches jobseekers with employers

Monster – is also able to offer career advice as well as job vacancies

Jobs Fairs – The Southampton Jobs Fair gives you the chance to meet employers face to face. Find out when the next Jobs Fair is happening

Westquay Works – has been created specifically to help people find jobs and access training to work at Westquay Shopping Centre

*TOP TIP* Remember these are just a few of the many job search websites available. You should try them all out and see which ones work best for you

NHS Jobs – the NHS has its own recruitment website and the jobs range from entry level to graduate opportunities – education and teaching jobs in and around Southampton

Adzuna – is a job search site that also offers insightful data such as salary statistics – is a site specifically for highly qualified staff looking for academic, research, science and other related jobs

Jobs Bulletin– Every two weeks a vacancy bulletin is up-dated for Southampton. Remember to check it regularly if you are looking for jobs. The site includes information from the local area regarding jobs, apprenticeships, traineeships and a featured career to get you thinking about different career paths. It also contains lots of information resources and an easy to understand table on the minimum wage.

*TOP TIP* If you need any advice or support looking or applying for jobs, you can speak to Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team

TEEM Work Clubs – If you are over 18 and are a council resident, you qualify for TEEM work clubs which take place across the city every week. The work clubs give support with job searching, CV writing, IT advice and interview preparation. They take place in Bitterne, Weston, Northam and Central Southampton. Click here to find your nearest TEEM Work Club

No Limits – Do you need some help finding the perfect job for you? No Limits are based at 13 the High Street and have a job club every Thursday from 2-4pm. They offer support and advice to parents and young people on a variety of issues, including drugs, housing, crime, money, education and health. This is a confidential free service in the city open to all young people up to the age of 25.

E4S – Job searching site for full time, part time or Saturday jobs.

Holiday Staff – is a website that focuses on seasonal/holiday vacancies

JCP – If you are 18 and job hunting you can sign up for job seekers allowance. If you are under 18 you might be eligible if you live independently.

If you are looking for work, remember you need to be in learning until you are 18 (Year 13) or the employment will have to be an apprenticeship. You can find resources and support in our Young Adults Employment Hub

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