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📰 Solent Jobs Programme launches to businesses

The Solent Jobs Programme launched to businesses at the Chamber of Commerce event held last month at St Mary’s Football Stadium, Southampton which saw over 160 people attending.

This programme provides integrated support for long-term unemployed adults with health conditions living in Southampton, Portsmouth, Havant, Gosport and the Isle of Wight and is designed to support people back into paid employment.

It is a two year programme funded by Southampton and Portsmouth’s City Deal Agreement and the European Social Fund.

The Solent Jobs Programme team showcased the benefits to businesses including the chance to meet with selected candidates, the offer of a one-off work placement to ensure candidates are a good match for their business and the chance to send a message to their staff and local communities about the importance of investing in local people.

Councillor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:

“There are at least 1,200 long term unemployed adults in the city and across the Solent area who will benefit from integrated health and employment support as part of this £2million programme, and we at Southampton City Council are absolutely committed to achieving these objectives.
Participants on the Solent Jobs programme are supported along the way to help them develop confidence and to settle into their new roles. They are offered one-to-one support to access 16-25 hours of employment paid at the national living wage. This is followed up by in-work support for both employer and employee for up to six months.

I would wholeheartedly encourage employers to take part in this scheme because it not only gives them the chance to tap into local talent, but also to give something back to their local communities by offering opportunities to those who need them the most.”

For more information please contact Cheryl Soutar, Senior Communications Officer (Skills and Recycling) at

    • LHS Claire Middleton, Solent Jobs Programme Business Engagement Manager talking to visitor

    LHS Claire Middleton, Solent Jobs Programme Business Engagement Manager talking to visitor - Photo Credit: Southampton City Council