Central and West Hampshire Youth Employment Hub

New Forest District Council and partner local authorities Eastleigh Borough Council, Test Valley District Council and Winchester City Council have have joined together to launch the 'Central and West Hampshire Youth Employment Hub'.

This is to connect, listen to and provide solutions for young people to find employment and help secure their futures.

The Central and West Hampshire Youth Employment Hub, in partnership with Department of Work and Pensions, will be providing face-to-face support from 1 November at a variety of locations within each of the four local authority areas.

This fully funded project aims to reduce the barriers for young people aged 16-24.

This is now even more important as Covid 19 has impacted on their education and employment opportunities.  

At the hub, young people will be able to gain help, support and advice on a range of training and employment opportunities and will be informed about local activities, such as local youth groups, sports clubs, drama, art groups and activity sessions.

The project will work closely with employers, training providers, schools and colleges. 

Local Hubs for Face to Face Support 

Brockenhurst College: Fridays from 10am to 4pm, starting 12th November.

Totton College: Thursdays from 10am to 4pm, starting 4th November.

For more information and for the Central and West Hampshire Youth Employment Hub Helpline phone 07876 661525 or email YouthEmploymentHub@eastleigh.gov.uk.

How it works

The Central and West Hampshire Youth Employment Hub online and telephone-based support service will be staffed from 9am to 5pm with access to out of hours support.  

We will work with our partners to help you to get into employment by: 

  • getting to know you, as a job seeker and the important people around you
  • identify your job aspirations and agree on the steps you may need to take to upskill if necessary 
  • promote your personal development and career progression
  • introduce different employment initiatives available to you
  • support you and the employer through the recruitment process
  • supporting you and your employer in the workplace

Support we provide

As part of this process we will map out steps that are needed to move closer to employment.

We will support you with the following, if these are relevant to you: 

  • good quality but time limited work experience to build skills
  • support writing CV's and completing application forms
  • traineeships and apprenticeships
  • a supported Internship program
  • signposting to employment based or other types of relevant training  
  • applying for jobs
  • support in an interview
  • in work support/job coaching
  • travel to training
  • signposting and guidance when relevant on benefits and how they can be affected if you are employed  
  • understanding employer's needs and identifying vacancies
  • matching you at the appropriate time to suitable job opportunities
  • getting to know the job, working environment and team

Advice we can provide

Our advisers can help guide you through all stages of job hunting; from the start of your search up to getting your first interview. 

Some of the services that our partners provide are: 

  • help to build your confidence and self esteem 
  • training, from basic skills to vocational and professional qualifications
  • help to match you with the right job for your experience and skills
  • work trials so you can try a job and gain experience
  • help through the interview process, sometimes even attending interviews with you for support
  • 'on the job' help to guide and support you through the early stages
  • advising potential employers on reasonable adjustments
  • help to keep your job if you become disabled or are finding work difficult with your existing disability

For the Central and West Hampshire Youth Employment Hub Helpline contact: 07876661525 or YouthEmploymentHub@eastleigh.gov.uk

Logos of the Councils involved with The Youth Hub

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