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:

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.

Find out more about our employment support projects in Southampton below

T.E.E.M (Training, Education, Employment and 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, Senior Employment Officer:

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
  • Maybush Housing Office – Every Tuesday 10am-12pm
  • Northam Community Centre – Every Wednesday 10am-12pm
  • Central Library – Every Thursday 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

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 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, Senior Employment Officer:

What happens next?

  • You will be allocated to an Employment Officer 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


Solent Employment Support

Solent Employment Support (S.E.S). S.E.S is a new supported employment project that aims to support people with health conditions to achieve their employment goals. We provide tailored support including advice on housing, healthcare and social services to support you to get and keep a job. We also support clients to access training opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills. S.E.S can support individuals in a person-centred way with CV writing, job applications, interview advice and any other employment related goals.

Who can get support from S.E.S?

  • A recognised health condition
  • Unemployed for 1 year or more OR Economically Inactive (not looking for work or engaging in any work based activity for over 4 weeks)
  • Eligible to receive public funds
  • Has the right to live and work in the UK

Support from Solent Employment Support is available to people living in Southampton, the Waterside area, Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and the Isle of Wight.

What support does S.E.S offer?

  • Pre-employment support
  • Developing skills
  • Accessing volunteering and work placements
  • Impartial Information, Advice and Guidance around employment goals
  • 1 to 1 support through individualised support plans
  • Support to access appropriate support such as substance misuse services, coaching, money management and confidence building activities
  • Identifying any possible childcare support required
  • Support to gain appropriate and sustainable employment
  • Ongoing support in the workplace if required

How can I refer to S.E.S?

Professionals – Complete a Referral Form and return to

Self-referral – please call 023 8091 7585

For more information about Solent Employment Support, please email, call 023 8091 7868 or visit


STEP supports young people aged 15-24 on their journey to education, training or employment. Support is specifically tailored to client’s needs and our Employment Officers will work with clients every step of the way to help them achieve their goals.

Who is STEP for?

  • 15 – 24 years old who are not currently in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), or at risk of becoming NEET
  • Living in the Solent area
  • Ready to engage in some form of Education, Employment or Training

What can STEP offer?

  • Information, advice and support to help you to progress into a positive outcome.
  • One- to- one support and mentoring to develop an action plan
  • Training sessions to develop your skills
  • Regular, tailored support every step of the way
  • Work experience to help you gain experience and prepare for employment
  • 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 an Employment Officer and an 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.
  • At the first meeting you will have a brief chat with the keyworkers to explore your options.

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 a 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 project will run from February 1 2019 to the September 30 2022. It receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund, has a budget of over £7.3 million and involves partners from the UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium.

The Health and Europe Centre is the lead partner in the initiative and will be working with Southampton City Council and these other organisations:

  • Bournemouth University
  • Plymouth and District MIND
  • Kent County Council
  • Institute of Health Visiting
  • Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
  • Odisee University College (Belgium)
  • Antwerp University of Applied Sciences (Belgium)
  • Hospital Centre of Douai (France)
  • Ngo Attachment in Development (Belgium)
  • Maasstad Hospital (Netherlands)
  • Antwerp University Hospital (Belgium)

There are also 22 observer partners, including Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and the British Association for Supported Employment.

PATH will prepare parents for their new role and help them avoid PMI, as well as improving the skills of healthcare professionals, equipping them to address PMI confidently and effectively. The project will design, deliver and implement durable services both online and face-to-face, aiming to increase recognition and prevention of PMI and support new families’ mental wellbeing.
The project will develop:

  • an online multi-media international support hub
  • a course of support sessions for 4,000 families in mixed groups of pre-pregnant/pregnant/parents
  • a ground-breaking model of holistic family support. This model will include peer supporter training and network of intergenerational community support groups

In Southampton, the Employment Support Team will be working with people affected by Perinatal Mental Health and supporting them into education, employment and training.

For more information about PATH in Southampton, please contact

Learning Disability Life Skills Employment Service

Age criteria: 16+

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

Referral via: Email

The Life Skills service commissioned by Southampton City Council provides support to 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.

Depending on the individual needs of the person the Life Skills team offer tailored support to increase confidence and independence, including help to access training and education, employer engagement to set up work experience or employment opportunities, CV creation and interview preparation, one-to-one support including job coaching and travel training, keeping safe awareness and money skills.

Employability Training

Who is Employability Training for?

The Employment Support Team’s Employability Training is for anyone aged 19 and over and living in or around Southampton who is looking to gain or improve their knowledge of employability to support them into work. The aim of this course is to improve your confidence around getting a job and develop your employability skills. This course acts as an introduction to employability, or to refresh existing knowledge.

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 or call 07811 165534.

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.

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, to find work or training and to maintain their employment status.

What does IMHES offer?

Employment based information, advice and guidance

An individualised employment 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

Service Users who are signed off, or at risk of being signed off work

Service Users 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 Ricky Wilton at

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 in this document

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 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


If you’re an employer with staff who are often off sick, whose physical or mental health is affecting their work, or who need help returning to work, Southampton City Council’s Employment Retention Specialists can offer them one-to-one support to discuss health and employment concerns.

The Well@Work project enables people with mental health or musculoskeletal conditions to stay in work by offering individual information, advice and guidance.

Southampton City Council’s Employment Retention Specialists offer one-to-one support to discuss health and employment concerns:

  • Helping employees overcome barriers to work
  • Building confidence and resilience
  • Improving communication about mental and physical health issues
  • Devising flexible solutions to support a return to work

Referral criteria:

  • Referrals need to be from a GP / employer / physiotherapist / mental health team working with the individual
  • Employees with a musculoskeletal and/or mental health condition
  • In work and their health condition having a significant impact on their employment

To make a referral or for further information contact: Rosa Wynn, Well@Work Project Manager

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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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 Local 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 – is a new job board displaying apprenticeship vacancies from across Hampshire and the UK

*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 it’s 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 No Limits or the 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, Maybush, Central Southampton and St. Mary’s. Click here to find your nearest work club.

No Limits – Do you need some help finding the perfect job for you? No Limits is 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. If you’re not sure what job will suit you have a look at some of our guidance tools on our top recommended sites page.