Employment and Skills

Hart Employment and Skills Hub 

As a Council, supporting residents with employment and skills is one of our priorities. The Hub will enable residents to have the right skills, confidence and access to employment and personal development opportunities. The Hub can offer tailored support for residents that includes: 

  • Careers advice 
  • Support to develop achievable job goals and career paths 
  • Searching for vacancies 
  • Job application advice 
  • Preparing for interviews including mock interviews 
  • Access to training and qualifications 
  • Confidence building 
  • Support to overcome barriers to securing employment 

Whether you have recently left education, been long term unemployed or recently made redundant contact the team via jobskills@hart.gov.uk or telephone 01252 774134 for more information. Additional sources of information and support can be found below.

Help in finding and applying for work 

National Careers Service 

The National Careers Service offers personalised advice for anyone looking to choose or change their career. 

Links to Work M3 

Delivered by FEDCAP  offering tailored employability support to help individuals on Universal Credit plan the journey back into work.  


You can use the ‘Find a job’ online service to find and apply for jobs.  

Local Jobcentre Plus 

Visit the Jobcentre Plus Job Help website for a range of support and to search latest vacancies. Local Job Centres are also sharing information through social media. Follow Job Centre Plus Hampshire on Twitter @JCPinHants_IOW or on Facebook for the latest information and job vacancies.  


Apprenticeships are an excellent way of getting qualifications and workplace experience.  As an employee, you can earn as you learn, and you get practical skills from the workplace. For apprenticeship vacancies and answers to your questions visit the National Apprenticeship Service website. 

Help with starting your own business or social enterprise

Inspiring Enterprise offers free business advice, mentoring, training courses and support to people who are unemployed and don't work and would like to start their own business. 

Skills and Training 

There are a host of skills and training opportunities available, including many free courses. For sector specific training courses, such as entry routes into construction and care, please email jobskills@hart.gov.uk to find out what is available. Below is a sample of current training initiatives.

The Skills Toolkit: 

Free courses to help you learn new skills or get a new job. Visit the Skills Toolkit website to learn about a range of subjects include: 

  • practical maths 
  • computer essentials 
  • personal growth and wellbeing 
  • professional development 
  • business and finance 
  • digital design and marketing 
  • computer science and coding 

Hampshire Libraries: 

Would you like to learn a new skill, maybe a new language, learn to paint or attend a fun event? Why not take a look at what’s on offer at Hampshire Libraries, you will be amazed at what you could do. There are a variety of courses available including well-being, job searching, ESOL, computing and some leisure ones. For information on courses available visit the Hampshire Libraries website

Local Colleges:

Both Farnborough College of Technology and Basingstoke College of Technology offer professional courses, including many free courses at the moment, to support individuals back into work or to change career route.  


While you are looking for a job, there are other ways that you can get experience, for example volunteering. For more information about volunteering opportunities in the area, visit the Hart Voluntary Action website

Health, wellbeing and looking for work 

Job uncertainty and unemployment can take a toll on our confidence and wellbeing. Every Mind Matters provides expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing. You can find local support and national helplines on our website. The national Mind website provides advice on coping with redundancy

If you are living with a disability of health condition including mental health, find out about any additional support which may be available to you or visit the Rethink Mental Illness website for information. You could also speak to an Adviser in your local Jobcentre Plus. 

For further information about any of the topics above please jobskills@hart.gov.uk or telephone 01252 774134 for more information.