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For an idea of what our Jobs Fairs and Careers Events are like, check out our previous events below

If you are an employer who would like to attend one of our Jobs Fairs, please contact Daniel.Stickland@southampton.gov.uk

One Southampton, Jobs and Wellbeing Fair

Wednesday 5th October 2022, 1pm-6pm

O2 Guildhall, Southampton

This event was organised by Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team, Public Health team and Stronger Communities team and saw over 250 people come out to meet 40 employers with live vacancies. There were also opportunities to meet wellbeing organisations and take part in yoga sessions and bench press competitions. Attendees could also get their COVID-19 vaccination at the event.

Southampton Jobs Fair

Tuesday 31st May 2022, 3pm-7pm

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

After 2 years of virtual events, the council’s Employment Support Team ran our first in-person Jobs Fair since 2018 at Central Hall on Tuesday 31st May 2022. We hosted over 25 employers who all had live vacancies covering a variety of sectors.

Southampton Jobs Fair: Find your next job at Central Hall on Tuesday 31 May

Southampton Virtual Jobs Fair 2021

Wednesday 11 August 2021

Our second Virtual Jobs Fair gave anyone in Southampton looking for work the opportunity to virtually meet employers with live vacancies!

The Southampton Virtual Jobs Fair was organised by Southampton City Council and Southampton Jobcentre Plus to assist job seekers, and those who were unemployed, furloughed or being made redundant in Southampton to engage with recruiting employers.

This event was part of Southampton Jobs Week

Southampton Jobs Week launches today | Daily Echo

Southampton Jobs Week – supporting residents on the road to job success

Southampton Virtual Jobs Fair

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Southampton Virtual Jobs Fair took place at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and was organised by Southampton City Council and Southampton Jobcentre to assist job seekers, those who were unemployed, furloughed or being made redundant in the Southampton, waterside area and Hythe to engage with recruiting employers.

The virtual jobs fair took place on Wednesday 29 July 10am-4pm, giving people the opportunity to find out about companies recruiting locally and their current vacancies and providing a safe platform for positive engagement to happen between the job seeker and the employers.

On the day there were free webinars to help attendees improve their employability skills and wellbeing and the chance to virtually meet employers for 5 minute 1:1 sessions where they can find out more about vacancies and ask questions.

Webinars from the Virtual Jobs Fair are now available to watch back on our YouTube channel

Our Jobs Fairs are free for people to attend and free for employers to exhibit at.

If you are an employer who would like to exhibit at the Virtual Jobs Fair, please contact daniel.stickland@southampton.gov.uk for more information.

Bitterne Park’s local website – bitternepark.info – Southampton to host first Virtual Jobs Fair

Southampton online jobs fair | Daily Echo

Fuller Working Lives Careers Event

Monday 16th July 2018 10am-3pm

Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1AG

As the UK workforce ages and fewer younger people enter the labour market, employers will increasingly need to rely on the skills and experience of older workers if they are to remain competitive, increase productivity and growth, and avoid skills shortages in the future.

While there are more people aged 50+ in work than ever before, there are still significant numbers of people over the age of 50 leaving their jobs prematurely; a decision that can affect them both financially and socially.

On Monday 16th July 2018, we hosted a Fuller Working Lives Careers Event in partnership with Southampton Jobcentre and the Education Development Trust at the Grand Harbour Hotel.

This was an opportunity for people in Southampton to meet employers, training providers and support organisations to help them to retrain, regain or remain in employment to achieve a more financially secure future.
At this event, people also had the chance to participate in free workshops to help improve their employability skills.

Southampton Enable Employment Fair

Tuesday 20th February 2018 11.30am-3.00pm

Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY

The Southampton Enable Employment Fair is part of a continuing initiative by the Southampton Jobs Fair Partnership to support employers in creating a workforce that reflects and connects with our community, whilst enabling those with a disability or health condition to access work opportunities and support.

Employers who exhibited were:

  • Southampton City Council
  • Westquay Works
  • Other World Escapes
  • The GROW Project / Grow Enablement Service
  • Saints Foundation
  • SCA
  • City College Southampton
  • Harbour Hotel and Spa

We welcomed over 200 people to the Jobs Fair who were looking for jobs and training. The event was organised in partnership with Southampton City Council, Southampton Jobcentre Plus, PeoplePlus and Wheatsheaf Trust.

Find out more about the Disability Confident Campaign

Southampton Jobs Fair Local

Friday 17th November 2017

Novotel Southampton Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1RA

In partnership with the Southampton and Region Hoteliers Association

This Jobs Fair had a focus on careers within Hospitality, particularly jobs associated with hotels. As well as live job vacancies, there were also plenty of training and volunteering opportunities available with local employers from in and around Southampton.

We welcomed clients of Southampton Jobcentre Plus, PeoplePlus, Wheatsheaf Trust, and our own Employment Support Team to the event. There were also special sessions from the National Careers Service as well as visits organised for the Saints Foundation and Bitterne Park Sixth Form College.

Students graduating or looking for seasonal part time work were also in attendance as well as those looking to move career or change jobs within the hotel and leisure industry.

The hotel industry is a vibrant, friendly and exciting industry to be a part of, many roles available at this event included roles in:

  • Management and senior positions
  • Housekeeping
  • Hotel Bar & Restaurant
  • Hotel Reception
  • Conference & Events Operations
  • Conference & Events Sales
  • Accounting and Book Keeping
  • Night Porterage
  • Leisure and Spa
  • Chef & Kitchen Team
  • Marketing
  • Concierge
  • Guest Services

Organisations included:

  • Accor Hotels (including Novotel, Ibis and the Dolphin Hotel)
  • Brockenhurst College
  • Careys Manor Hotel & The Montagu Arms Hotel
  • Chilworth Manor
  • City College
  • Destination Southampton
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton
  • Hilton Ageas Bowl
  • Holiday Inn Southampton
  • Holiday Inn Eastleigh
  • Meon Valley Marriott Hotel and Country Club
  • New Place Southampton
  • Premier Inn
  • Solent Hotel & Spa
  • Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team
  • Southampton Football Club
  • SpectrumCIL

Southampton Jobs Fair Local
Jobs Fair 1

Thursday 27th July 2017

Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY

Southampton Jobs Fair Local is a continuing initiative by the Southampton Jobs Fair Partnership to give people the opportunity for face to face engagement with handpicked employers who are willing to support individuals into employment.

We are pleased to welcome clients of Southampton Jobcentre Plus, PeoplePlus, Wheatsheaf Trust, Maximus, Shaw Trust and our own Employment Support Team to the second ever Southampton Jobs Fair Local.

Southampton Jobs Fair Poster

With over 300 vacancies being advertised, there were plenty of employment, training and volunteering opportunities available with local employers from around Southampton.

Organisations included:

  • Goddards Quantity Surveyors
  • Harbour Hotels
  • Hays
  • IKEA
  • Lidl
  • SCRATCH Charity
  • Southampton and Region Hoteliers Association
  • Southampton Family Information Service
  • Spectrum Centre for Independent Living
  • Total Security Services
  • Westquay Works

If you would like to advertise your vacancies at future Jobs Fair Locals, please contact daniel.stickland@southampton.gov.uk

If you would like to attend a future Jobs Fair, either speak to your work coach or contact the Employment Support Team on 023 8091 7585.

Below is a gallery of photos from the event

Southampton Jobs Fair

Friday 7th October 2016 10am-3pm

The Spark Conference Centre, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, SO14 0YN

Thank you very much to all the employers who exhibited at the Jobs Fair and thank you to everyone who helped to make the event such a success. Keep an eye on this page for updates about the latest Jobs Fair as well as announcements about future events.

We’re very excited to share a promotional film of the Jobs Fair that was made for us by Solent Creatives. The film showcases the highlights of October 2016’s Jobs Fair and summaries why it’s so important that these events take place.

Thank you to That’s Solent TV for covering the Jobs Fair on their Freeview and YouTube channels. Check out their report below:


64 employers from a range of sectors including hospitality, retail, care, construction, security attended the Jobs Fair on Friday 7th October. They brought over 1,100 vacancies to the 900 job seekers who visited the Jobs Fair.  

Employers included:

Restaurants and establishments who will be opening in the new Westquay Watermark

Toys R Us


Allied Healthcare

Carnival UK

Southampton Football Club


First Bus

…and many more

The dedicated partners involved in organising this event are:

Southampton City Council

Shaw Trust



Wheatsheaf Trust

Department for Work and Pensions

Thank you to Southampton Solent University for hosting the event in their newly built conference centre, the Spark.

Find out more about Southampton Solent University’s £30 million building, and the venue for this autumn’s Southampton Jobs Fair, by clicking here.

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