Directory 2017

Access Southampton can help you to support young people aged between 13 and 19 to help them find all the information they need about careers and opportunities in the world of work. These websites provide lots of information and personal support for parents and guardians helping their teenagers into employment.


Southampton Agency Directory 2017

The purpose of this directory is to enable appropriate education, employment and training referrals for young people in and around Southampton. Inside the directory are important contact details and information about a variety of Apprenticeships, Colleges and Training Providers in the area and there is also a signposting guide at the end of the document to help point young people in the direction of organisations that can help them. We hope you find it useful.

Agency Directory 2017 (the PDF is best viewed at 70% zoom)


 Post 16 Curriculum Map

A local post-16 group have put together this curriculum map to help professionals to support young people after receivinCollege Provisiong their GCSE results. This document shows what is an offer at post-16 providers around the city, and at what level.

Curriculum Map



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   The Enterprise Adviser Network

The programme includes the establishment of a local Enterprise Adviser network, with the purpose being to create powerful, lasting connections between schools and the businesses in the local area. Enterprise Advisers are volunteers who will work directly with the leadership of individual schools to develop effective employer engagement plans.

How your school can benefit…

  • Receive advice and support to put in place a sustainable employer engagement plan to add value to the existing provision in your school.
  • Be linked with a credible and well connected local business volunteer.
  • Better utilise links in your school’s local community to the advantage of your students and staff.
  • Be part of a network of other schools and businesses to share best practice, ideas and information.
  • Build and adapt a programme that helps prepares young people for the world of work.
  • Demonstrate to Ofsted that you are actively preparing your students for “the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training.”
Find out more by contacting Jade Fuller  Enterprise Coordinator, The Careers and Enterprise Company – Solent Local Enterprise Partnership

Professional resources

We help teachers and advisers to support young people in a learning environment, by offering careers education, advice and guidance. These resources include help with lesson planning and access to resources to build a careers programme, as well as to local and national support.

If you work to support young people, the following resources can be used as part of your Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance programme to help you prepare students for their next steps:

Star site: Created by Teach First Ambassadors, ULAS is an innovative free employability tool that bridges the gap between schools and employers.

Alphi allows local providers to work together to equip school leavers with apprenticeship ready skills. – A locally based charity that brokers relationships between local business and education providing a range of opportunities to inspire and inform young people about the world of work. By facilitating partnerships between businesses and education, young people are offered the opportunity to undertake work experience placements, workplace visits, information, advice and guidance about careers, CV writing workshops, enterprise experiences and mock interviews. ‘Housebuilding is more than just bricks’ – an excellent resource to enable young people to explore careers in the construction industry. The site has a professional section with resources to use in schools.

Your Life encourages students to explore careers in Science and Technology. It is full of useful resources for both students and teachers.

Career Ready helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.

Matrix Standard allows organisations to assess the careers advice and support they offer. All providers of the National Careers Service are accredited to the Matrix Standard. An online register of organisations accredited to the Matrix Standard is available on their website.

Education and Employers supports effective partnerships between schools, colleges and employers to inspire young people.

Future First helps schools and colleges harness the experiences and skills of their former students through alumni communities.

Ideas Foundation has key projects to help young people. ‘I Am Creative’ aims to teach 13-19 year olds about the creative industries and gives them an opportunity to have a go at answering a live creative brief from a global company. ‘Incubate’ brings employers within specialist industries to the classroom to work with young people on projects from across the Digital and Media communications sector.

Inspiring the Future is a free service across England that sends volunteers from all sectors and professions into state secondary schools and colleges to talk about their jobs and sectors.

Young Enterprise is a charity that helps young people to learn about business and the world of work from their classroom, under the guidance of a network of volunteers from a range of companies.

Young Chamber is a careers and networking platform that encourages young people to investigate and share careers ideas. Free with Young Chamber membership.

Growing Ambitions is a bank of multimedia resources that can be downloaded and used in lessons to help students make informed choices about their future.

Skills to Succeed Academy is a free, highly interactive, online training programme designed specifically to build key employability skills students will need to find and keep a job.

Bright Futures links education with employment. It also links to the HirEd magazine that many schools receive.

Business in the Community provides a framework for developing long term relationships between schools and businesses through its Business Class programme.  The Russell group website has a wealth of helpful information. You will find the latest edition of Informed Choices on the site. While particularly useful for those Young people planning to go into Higher education the resource also gives good clear advice to raise aspirations across the board and prevent young people making mistakes in their subject and exam choices. Into University is a charity providing local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. In the west of the city they run a secondary Academic Support offer in Redbridge open to all the local schools. This is a safe environment where graduates are on hand to support young people with homework. a fantastic resource for apprenticeship information and some pretty snazzy and useful downloadable handouts and posters for young people and parents a great guide to ensure your students are fully informed about alternatives to the traditional HE route. a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. recommended by colleagues in the post 16 partnership. Eligible for charities and providers looking for grants

Life Coach Directory raises awareness of career coaching and enables visitors to the site to find the most suitable qualified coach for their needs.


Parents and Support Workers

As a parent or Support Worker you will need to support young people to help them make the right choices. Find out what their options are by reading more about GCSE Options, Leaving School and Finishing Compulsory Education.

Careers Advice for Parents helps parents, carers and support workers to start a conversation with a child about choosing a career. With suggestions and definitions around money, higher education, apprenticeships, gap years, qualifications and job search this site provides lots of information to help you to support young people.

Employers and Learning Providers

If you are working with a young person as their employer or their learning provider it can be helpful to know where to look to find the right way to offer support and who to refer to for additional help. The following local sites, in addition to the resources within the other pages, can help with support and funding:

Southampton Information Directory is a useful resource for services in the city. This easy to use resource covers services for adults, families and children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs. The site gives detail on the educational provision in the city as well as the extracurricular clubs and activities a young person can get involved in.

Southampton City Council has online details about the grant scheme, traineeships and links to community learning. This site can help you find a training provider if you are an employer, have access to grant funding and will also explain what a traineeship is and where to get one.

Help Getting Online

With many services moving online including housing benefits, college and apprenticeship applications and even online shopping, it can be very daunting for people who don’t know how to use computers and IT systems. Southampton City Council have put together an interactive IT map which shows information about a wide range of IT facilities, training and free WiFi that is available in Southampton to help support people to get online. The map is designed to be used by advisers, family and friends or a user themselves to find the most appropriate IT training/facilities to suit them.

If you are aware of any other free training or online help we can add to the list, please contact

STEP Programme

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Not sure which to choose? Know what you want but not how to get there? Not sure what you want to do?

If you are unemployed or just about to leave Year 11, we can offer you one to one support to:

  • Plan what you want to do next
  • Develop a plan of activities to help you achieve your goals
  • Recognise your skills, talents and ambitions
  • Match you to the right opportunity, whether that’s education, employment traineeship, apprenticeship, further training or volunteering opportunities
  • Stay on track with that opportunity through continued advice and guidance
  • Create your CV, support with application forms and practice interview techniques

How the support is funded

The STEP Programme is funded by the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit