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.

For more information contact Employment Support Team on: 023 8091 7585 or email:

TEEM (Training, Education, Employment and Motivation)TEEM Poster 2017

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 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:

What happens next?download a referral form

  • You will be allocated to one of 3 employment officers 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
  • Maybush Housing Office – Every Tuesday 10am-12pm
  • Northam Community Centre – Every Wednesday 10am-12pm
  • Central Local Housing Office – Every Wednesday 1pm-3pm
  • Central Library – Every Thursday 3pm-5pm





STEP (Solent Traineeship Engagement and Participation)

Who is STEP (City Deal) for?

  • 15 – 24 years old who are not currently in Education, Employment or Training
  • Living under the Southampton City Council Boundaries
  • Ready to engage in some form of Education, Employment or Training

What can STEP (City Deal) offer?

  • Information, advice and support to help you to progress into a positive outcome.
  • One- to- one support and can offer group work sessions
  • Support on a weekly basis, depending on support needs
  • Signposting to relevant services for any additional needs such as benefits, mental health, accommodation will be signposted to the relevant services. As we will focus on employability issues.

How can I refer?

To make a referral, please download a referral form and send it to Francesca Prior:

What happens next?

  • You will be allocated to a Key Worker and then you will be directly contacted or via the refer and a introduction meeting will be arranged
  • If appropriate we ask referrer to be present for the first meeting
  • You will be expected to meet in a mutually convenient location.ESF
  • At the first meeting you will have a brief chat with the keyworkers to explore your options.

Self-Employment Support

Age criteria: 18+

Address criteria: Living in Southampton

Eligibility criteria: Council tenants

Referral via: Email Francesca or call 07811165129

Learning Disability Life Skills Employment Service

Age criteria: 16+

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

Referral via: Email

Supported Internships

Who are Supported Internships for?

Our personalised supported internship is aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care and who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

What can Supported Internships offer?

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.

How can I refer?

An application form can be found on the Southampton City College website:

What happens next?

Once you have applied for the internship you will be invited for an interview.

What happens in the first meeting? Internships graphic

During the interview you will be asked these types of questions:

  • Have you done any work experience before?
  • How do you feel about working in a team?
  • How do you feel about working alone?
  • What qualifications do you have?
  • What skills do you have?
  • What types of employment are you interested in and why?
  • What support might you need within the workplace?
  • How will you travel to college/work placement?

You will be expected to be in smart dress for your interview

You will need to bring any certificates for qualifications that you have already achieved

If you are successful from your interview and we are able to offer you a place on the Supported Internship programme we will contact you with further information about taster days assessments within a week of your interview.

Employability Training

Who is Employability Training for?

The Employment Support Team’s Employability Training is for anyone aged 19 and over and claiming a work related benefit (for example ESA, JSA, Universal Credit) who is looking to gain or improve their knowledge of employability to support them into work.

What can Employability Training offer?

This free 3 day course aims 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

Training takes place regularly at venues across Southampton. There is also a free lunch and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

How can I refer?

For more information about upcoming courses , please call the Employment Support Team on 023 8091 7585. Learners will need to fill in an Enrolment Form and an Individual Learning Plan (our tutors can meet learners or they can drop into a work club). If you would like to sign up/refer someone to an Employability Training course, please contact Francesca Prior for more information ( or 07811 165129 ).

What happens next?

Once the learner has been signed up, they will be expected to attend the three days of the course for a total of 15 hours of learning. After completing the course, learners can book a 1:1 session with the tutor to plan their next steps and be signposted to appropriate ongoing support.

What happens in the first meeting?

On the first day of the course, learners are given an induction telling them about health and safety and more details about what the course will cover. There is then an icebreaker activity to help learners get to know each other. The course runs from 9.30am until 2.30pm for all three days.

Solent Jobs ProgrammeSolent Jobs Programme

Who is the Solent Jobs Programme for?

The Solent Jobs Programme is offering help to anyone in the Solent area with a recognised health condition who has been out of work for a while.

What can the Solent Jobs Programme offer?

The project offers 1 to 1 support from an Employment Officer who will offer you help in areas of your life that are causing you problems in finding or keeping a job. Support lasts for up to a year and during this time you will be helped to prepare for work. The programme is also in touch with employers who are willing to give you temporary paid work opportunities.

How can I refer?

Referrals have now stopped for Solent Jobs Programme. If you are an employer who would like to offer a placement for one of our clients, please contact

For more information about the programme, visit Southampton City Council’s website or call 023 8083 2901

What happens next?

An Employment Officer will contact you and invite you to an initial meeting.

Integrated Mental Health Employment Service

The Integrated Mental Health Employment Service (IMHES) is delivered within the Southampton Community Mental Health Teams. Our aim is to engage with people with mental health issues earlier to prevent them falling out of employment/education, to find work or training and to maintain their employment/education status.

What does IMHES offer?

  • employment/education based information, advice and guidance
  • An individualised employment/education action plan to help prevent future risk
  • Support through the process and signposting to additional support providers
  • Individual interventions based on identified goals

Who can be referred?

  •  Anyone currently receiving a service from Southampton Community Mental Health Teams
  • Service Users who are unemployed and looking to engage in employment, training or education
  • Service Users who are signed off, or at risk of being signed off work
  • Service Users who are engaged in any form of employment/education 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 Ricky Wilton at

Jobs Bulletin

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


Westquay Jobs and Training Opportunities

When: Ongoing

Where: Westquay

Hammerson Plc, the developer and owner-manager of Westquay Shopping Centre, is working in partnership with Southampton City Council, the Department for Work and Pensions and Brockenhurst College to deliver training and employment for local people.  Westquay Works has been created to support you to 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: