Welcome to Access Southampton

We believe that anyone can work, regardless of their disability or disadvantage, providing the right support is given in the right place at the right time

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 18-24
Neurodivergent IndividualsParents & Families
People with learning disabilitiesPeople accessing community mental health teams
Adult LearnersPeople accessing drug and alcohol services
Local Supported Employment initiativeSupport for local employers and businesses

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

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

T.E.E.M is Southampton City Council’s employment support service for Southampton council tenants.

Whether you’re looking for a new job, want to return to the workforce, or find an additional job to top up your earning, our dedicated team of Employment Officers are on hand to offer advice, support and guidance every step of the way.

T.E.E.M offers support tailored to your needs on a one-to-one basis. Your Employment Officer will get to know you and assist you with finding work, from supporting to update CVs to helping you prepare for interviews.

Even if you’re working on other DWP provision like Restart or JETS, you can still get additional support from T.E.E.M, giving you extra support and opportunities to land your next job.

T.E.E.M can help with:

  • Creating or updating CVs
  • Job searching and tapping into the ‘hidden job market’
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Signposting to support with benefits, housing, childcare and cost of living
  • In work support and support claiming Access to Work
  • Advice around disclosure

How can I get support

Email francesca.prior@southampton.gov.uk or call 07811 165129

If you are a professional who would like to make a referral, please download a referral form and send it to Francesca Prior: francesca.prior@southampton.gov.uk

Community Meetings

Our team is available to meet with you in community settings like cafes or local libraries. Every week, we can be found in the following areas of Southampton:

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

Use our booking link below to book a 1 to 1 meeting with one of our team

Schedule online

Young Adults Employment Hub

Southampton City Council are working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to support the city’s young people into training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities with the Southampton 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 18-24, live in or around Southampton and receive Universal Credit, 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 programme 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  

Meet the Team

Mandy – Senior Development Officer

Hi my name is Mandy and I am a Senior Development Officer in the Employment Support team. I currently manage the Solent Get Into Employment project ensuring we deliver a 1:1 tailored service for all individuals referred. I have been supporting individuals to find and secure employment for over 30 years with Southampton City Council.

Nendelmwa – Employment Officer

My role involves assisting neurodivergent clients in their development through work placements and providing support tailored to their needs. Additionally i assist clients with CV preparation, vocational profiling, Job coaching, and interview preparation, with the aim to securing paid employment.

Paul – Employment Officer

Hi I’m Paul and I’m one of the Employment Officer’s on Solent Get Into Employment. I’m here to help neurodivergent individuals find ways in to work and volunteering. I try to create a good supportive relationship with all clients in one-to-one meetings, so that I can understand what they want to achieve and where their difficulties lie in reaching the end goal. Everyone has a different story,  everyone has a different employment journey and there is never a magic wand. But I try to untie some of the knots and tangles along the way to allow for real progress.

Harry – Employment Officer

My role in Solent Get Into Employment is to help people to progress towards finding work and I get a buzz out of helping people to achieve their goals and improve their prospects!

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

How to join the programme

Solent Get Into Employment has now stopped taking new referrals. For further information contact Mandy Burdfield – 07855788139 mandy.burdfield@southampton.gov.uk 

Solent Get Into Employment Newsletter

Every month we produce a short newsletter to give you more information about the support we offer and to share good news stories from the people we’ve supported. Click below to view each newsletter.

Local Supported Employment

Southampton City Council has secured funding to help adults with learning disabilities who are known to the council to find and maintain employment.

If you …

  • Have a learning disability or autism
  • Are aged 18 and over
  • Claim Universal Credit or are economically inactive
  • Are known to a team at Southampton City Council (e.g. Adult Social Care, Homelessness, Pathways Through Care etc.)

…then you could be able to get support from our team to find your next job.

We’ll work with you and your networks of support to make sure everything is in place to help you prepare for employment. Whether it’s job searching, Access to Work, CV writing, career advice or anything else work-related, we can help.

For more information, please contact Dan who will be happy to have a chat.

To make a referral, please download a referral form and send it back to us. Referrals will be allocated to an Employment Officer within 2 working days.

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 mandy.burdfield@southampton.gov.uk

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

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.

For more information about PATH, please visit path-perinatal.eu

Community Learning

We deliver fully funded courses for adult learners in the city aged 19 and over. We currently deliver the following courses:

  • Employability Training
  • Introduction to IT for Jobseekers
  • Exploring Confidence and Personal Development
  • Preparing for Working Life
  • Introduction to Self-Employment

To see upcoming courses and dates, please visit our Upcoming Courses 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 emma.dalwood@southampton.gov.uk

Employment Support for Drug & Alcohol Services (ESDAS)

Employment Support for Drug & Alcohol Services (ESDAS) is delivered within CGL (Change, Grow, Live) and DASH (No Limits).

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 emma.dalwood@southampton.gov.uk

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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 employment.support.team@southampton.gov.uk 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

Find a Job – 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. Visit Quickstart’s website for more information

*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

www.teachsouthamptoneducation.co.uk/vacancies-southampton – education and teaching jobs in and around Southampton

Jobs.ac.uk – is a site specifically for highly qualified staff looking for academic, research, science and other related jobs

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

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

The Refugee Employability Programme

The Refugee Employability Programme (REP) launched across England on 4 September 2023.

REP, commissioned by the Home Office, aims to remove barriers faced by refugees that cannot be fully addressed by mainstream services when seeking employment and adjusting to life in the UK (England only). 

REP will provide support for refugees and those granted protection who have arrived through safe and legal routes to fully integrate into life here, contribute to the economy and build a sustainable and long-term future for themselves and their communities.

REP is only available to those who are capable of and looking for work.

To contact Palladium or to make a referral: REPEnquiry@thepalladiumgroup.com

Or call Palladium at: 0800 002 5940

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